When we think of wealthy people our minds drift towards American, Japanese and Chinese technology magnets and businessmen. We generally don’t give much consideration to most of our European counterparts. Even so, there are a lot of extremely wealthy people to be found in the old countries. Countries like Germany, Spain, and Italy feature more billionaires than we could have ever imagined. Maybe it’s our lack of awareness of what’s happening in the world, or maybe our American billionaires spend more time in the public eye. Whatever the reason, there’s plenty of really rich people to be found everywhere in the world. Here are the ten wealthiest Italians.
10 Paolo & Gianfelice Mario Rocca -- Net Worth: $6.1 Billion
9 Silvio Berlusconi -- Net Worth: $6.2 Billion
8 Gianluigi Aponte -- Net Worth: $6.3 Billion
7 Patrizio Bertelli -- Net Worth: $6.7 Billion
6 Giorgio Armani -- Net Worth: $8.5 Billion
5 Stefano Pessina -- Net Worth: $10.4 Billion
4 Miuccia Prada -- Net Worth: $12.4 Billion
3 Agnelli Family -- Net Worth: $13.5 Billion
2 Leonardo Del Vecchio -- Net Worth: $19.1 Billion
1 Michele Ferrero -- Net Worth: $26 Billion
Ferrero is the richest Italian and the 20th wealthiest person in the world. He built his company over the course of his life and owns several well-known brands in the candy and food industry including; Nutella, Mon Cheri, Kinder Chocolate, Tic Tacs, Kinder Eggs, and of course Ferrero Rocher. Ferrero planned to leave his company to his two sons but in 1997 his son Pietro died in an accident in South Africa. His remaining son Giovanni still stands to inherit all of Michele’s wealth and the company upon his death.
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