Leonardo Del Vecchio Net Worth is$11.5 B
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Birth Place: Milan, Italy
Residence: Milan Url: http://www.forbes.com/lists/2010/10/billionaires-2010 Leonardo-Del-Vecchio P765.html
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Citizenship: Italy Education: high school Occupation: founder of Luxottica
Known For: Sunglass Hut, LensCrafters, Ray-Ban, Oakley, Inc.
Networth: {{gain}} US$11 1,000,000,000 (number) (est.), ''(Forbes, March 2011)'' Spouse: married Children: six
Leonardo Del Vecchio (born 22 May 1935 in Milan, Italy) is the founder and chairman of Luxottica, a $3 billion (sales) designer and manufacturer of high-quality eyeglass frames. The firm owns the Sunglass Hut and Lenscrafters chains with a total of over 6000 stores. According to Forbes magazine, he is the second richest man in Italy (after Michele Ferrero) with a net worth of US$11 billion dollars, making him 71st in the world rankings as of March 2011.
He was born in Milan, Italy in 1935 as a child of an impoverished family. His father died five months prior to his birth. He was given to an orphanage by his mother because she was unable to support him financially. He began his career as an apprentice to a tool and dye maker in Milan, but decided to turn his metalworking skills to make spectacle parts. So in 1961 he moved to Agordo in the province of Belluno, which is home to most of the Italian eyewear industry. The new company was Luxottica s.a.s., a limited partnership. In 1967 he started selling complete eyeglass frames under the Luxottica brand, which proved successful enough that by 1971 he ended the contract manufacturing business.
Convinced of the need for vertical integration, in 1974 he acquired Scarrone, a distribution company. In 1981 the company set up its first international subsidiary, in Germany, the first in a rapid period of international expansion. The first of many licensing deals with designer's was struck with Armani, in 1988.
The company listed in New York in 1990, and in Milan in December 2000, joining the MIB-30 (now S&P/MIB) index in September 2003. The listing enhanced the companya??s ability to acquire other brands, starting with Italian brand Vogue in 1990, Persol and US Shoe Corporation (LensCrafters) in 1995, Ray-Ban in 1999 and Sunglass Hut, Inc. in 2001. They went looking for more retail companies, acquiring Sydney-based OPSM in 2003, Pearle Vision in 2004, Surfeyes in 2006, and Cole National in 2004. Most recently, they acq

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Essilor-Luxottica Group Will Have New CEO, Says Essilor Chief -FT

Continue Reading Below --Mr. Sagnieres did not give a time frame for the new appointment and said that Luxottica's founder Leonardo Del Vecchio supports the idea. --Before any appointment is made, Mr. Del Vecchio and Mr. Sagnieres will share executive ...
Posted: December 11, 2017, 12:56 am

Luxottica, Essilor Agree 46-Billion Euro Merger To Create Eyewear Giant

Under the terms of the merger, Luxottica's 81-year old founder, Leonardo Del Vecchio, will take a stake of between 31 and 38 percent in the merged group through his family holding Delfin, becoming the biggest shareholder in the company. Delfin will ...
Posted: December 4, 2017, 12:55 am

Luxottica and Essilor agree on €46 billion merger to create eyewear giant

Under the terms of the merger, Luxottica’s 81-year old founder, Leonardo Del Vecchio, will take a stake of between 31 and 38% in the merged group through his family holding Delfin, becoming the biggest shareholder in the company. Delfin will contribute ...
Posted: January 16, 2017, 12:48 am
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