Among Italy’s most successful industrialists, Agnelli dominated the Italian automotive industry and helped save Fiat from going bankrupt. He was also a powerful player in international politics. Agnelli died on 24 January 2003, and his funeral was attended by hundreds of thousands of people. As news of his passing spread, Italian business and political leaders offered condolences to the Agnelli family.
In the early 20s, Agnelli was a playboy. He was raised by his grandfather, and learned how to orchestrate his life from a young age. The family inherited a small car company from Agnelli’s grandfather, and Agnelli later became the president of Fiat. In addition to being the president of Fiat, Agnelli also had a successful career as a Formula One race-car driver. He received several awards, including being the World Drivers’ Champion. During World War I, Agnelli’s business supplied equipment for Libya and World War I. He was also a Lieutenant in the Italian army, and fought in North Africa and Russia. Agnelli was one of the first Italians to join the Italian army after the war ended, and he was a valuable liaison between American allies and Italian soldiers.
Agnelli was known for his combination of charm and ruthless negotiating. He worked on many projects, including an investment in tractors and railways. In addition to being president of Fiat, Agnelli was also the founder of IFI, which is now known as Exor. He also worked to establish a good working relationship with American and British political leaders.
Agnelli was known for his ability to balance his finances during the recession. His family’s long association with Juventus football club was instrumental in his being appointed as the club’s chairman. He also appointed Luigi Delneri as the club’s new coach, and he appointed Sampdoria duo Giuseppe Marotta as its director of sport.
Agnelli was the principal shareholder of Fiat, and he became its president when he was forty-five years old. He also acquired a substantial stake in the Italian newspaper La Stampa, and worked to invest in railways. In 1966, Agnelli’s family acquired control of Fiat again. After a failed merger with Axis Capital, Agnelli regained control of the company, and he grew to become the company’s leading shareholder.
Agnelli’s family has remained active in Italy and around the world. The Agnelli family is now the majority shareholder in the car company Fiat, and the family owns a majority stake in CNH Industrial, which manufactures tractors and trucks. The Agnelli family is also the majority shareholder in the publicly listed holding company Exor. They have also increased their stake in Partner Re, a reinsurance company in Bermuda.
Agnelli died at the age of 81, and his funeral was attended by hundreds of thousands of people. He was the last male member of the Agnelli family. He died of prostate cancer. Agnelli was buried at the Villa Agnelli, a 16th-century villa near Pisa in Tuscany. He had lived in the villa for several months, and his funeral was attended by more than 100,000 people.