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Umberto Agnelli
Umberto Agnelli en Dante Giacosa (1970).jpg
Umberto Agnelli (l.) and Dante Giacosa (1970)
Born (1934-11-01)1 November 1934
Switzerland Lausanne, Switzerland
Died 27 May 2004(2004-05-27) (aged 69)
Piedmont, Italy
Nationality Italy Italian
Occupation Head of Fiat and Juventus
Spouse(s) donna Antonella Bechi Piaggio (divorced)
donna Allegra Caracciolo di Castagneto
Children Giovanni Alberto Agnelli
Andrea Agnelli
Anna Agnelli
Parent(s) Edoardo Agnelli
Virginia Bourbon del Monte

Umberto Agnelli (1 November 1934 – 27 May 2004) was an Italian industrialist and politician. He was the third son of Virginia Agnelli (born Donna Virginia Bourbon del Monte) and of Edoardo Agnelli, and whence he was the youngest brother of Gianni Agnelli.

He served as a CEO of Italian carmaker Fiat from 1970 to 1976[1] and, on the death of his brother Gianni, was briefly chairman of the FIAT Group, 2003-2004, until his own death, aged 69, the following year. He was also chairman and later honorary chairman of Juventus, the football team long-associated with FIAT and the Agnelli family, and was for a time the president of the Italian Football Association. He was a senator of the Italian Republic, from 1976 to 1979.


Agnelli was chairman of FIAT-controlled Juventus football club 1956–61 and was honorary chairman 1970–2004.

Agnelli was chairman of Fiat France 1965–80, chief executive officer of Fiat SpA 1970–76 and vice-president 1976–93. He was chairman of Fiat Auto 1980–90 and a member of International Advisory Board 1993–2004.

Though he was a senior executive in the family company, Fiat, he was sidelined from taking a leadership role by his brother Gianni until the latter's death in 2003. Only then did he take over as chairman of the whole Fiat Group, 2003-2004. The Group controlled several Italian newspapers and publishers in addition to the FIAT car-firms and Juventus football club.

Umberto was in the process of restoring Fiat's fortunes, following a period in which the company's balance sheet, market share and share value had all been in decline, when he suddenly died of lung cancer after barely 18 months in control. Despite this, Forbes magazine estimated he was the world's 68th richest man with an approximate net worth of US$5.5 billion. He was a member of the Steering Committee of the Bilderberg Group.[2]


Agnelli was born in Lausanne, Switzerland, the youngest of seven children. His life was beset by an unusual amount of tragedy and bereavement.

His father was Edoardo Agnelli, who died in an air crash when he was just a year old, and he was orphaned when his mother Virginia also died early, in a car-accident when he was still only 11.

In 1959 Agnelli married the heiress Donna Antonella Bechi Piaggio, from the well-known business-family of Piaggio. They had three sons but their first, twin boys, died shortly after birth.

The third son, Giovanni Alberto Agnelli, grew up to be the head of the maternal family-firm Piaggio, and was being groomed to succeed at Fiat, but died of cancer at the age of 33 in 1997. The son was survived by a wife, Avery Agnelli, née Howe, and a daughter, Virginia Asia Agnelli.

Umberto and Antonella Agnelli later divorced, and in 1974 Umberto married Donna Allegra Caracciolo di Castagneto. Allegra is the first cousin of Umberto's sister in law Marella Caracciolo di Castagneto, the wife of his brother Giovanni (Gianni). The ladies come from the old Neapolitan noble family that has, among other, the titles of nobility of Prince of Castagneto and Duke of Melito.

Umberto and Allegra had two children, a son named Andrea born in 1975, and a daughter Anna born in 1977. Andrea later followed in his father's footsteps by becoming chairman of Juventus, in 2010.


  1. ^ "Umberto Agnelli". news.independent.co.uk (London). 29 May 2004. Retrieved 2007-12-31. 
  2. ^ "Former Steering Committee Members". bilderbergmeetings.org. Bilderberg Group. Retrieved 2014-02-08. 

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Wed, 27 May 2015 00:52:30 -0700

"Il 27 maggio 2004, esattamente undici anni fa, ci lasciava Umberto Agnelli. Il Dottore ha legato indissolubilmente il suo nome a quello della Juventus, che guidò dal 1955, da commissario straordinario prima e da Presidente l'anno successivo, al 1962.


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Mon, 25 May 2015 15:30:00 -0700

La strada provinciale Balocco-San Giacomo che conduce al Proving Ground Fca è stata intitolata a Umberto Agnelli. La cerimonia si è svolta ieri. Erano presenti la moglie Donna Allegra, il figlio Andrea, presidente della Juventus, John Elkann ...

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Mon, 25 May 2015 04:15:00 -0700

Da questa mattina a Balocco la strada provinciale 60 è diventata strada Umberto Agnelli. Ed è la prima provinciale italiana ad essere intitolata ad una personalità. All'invito del sindaco Gian Mario Morello e del presidente della Provincia Carlo Riva ...

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Fri, 22 May 2015 10:37:30 -0700

Si avvicina il “grande giorno” per Balocco, quello in cui il sogno di vedere intitolata una strada a Umberto Agnelli diventa magicamente realtà: lunedì mattina alle 11 verrà così inaugurata ufficialmente la “Strada provinciale 60 Umberto Agnelli” che ...
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Mon, 25 May 2015 08:00:00 -0700

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Thu, 21 May 2015 01:41:52 -0700

In 1958, Juventus president Umberto Agnelli asked the Italian Football Federation if they could commemorate the fact his side had won their 10th Scudetti by stitching a gold star on their shirts. A tradition was born. Fifty seven years later, his son ...
Insurance Journal
Tue, 12 May 2015 23:45:00 -0700

Umberto Agnelli, Elkann's uncle, died in 2004, a year after Gianni's death, forcing the then 28-year-old to oversee the family's investment in the company. Hiring Sergio Marchionne — an auto-industry rookie, who was toiling away in relative obscurity ...


Mon, 04 May 2015 11:11:15 -0700

[Former Juve chairman] Umberto Agnelli used to make the important decisions, although the person I liked best was his son Andrea [the current Juventus president]", the coach said in his autobiography 'My Christmas Tree'. Kickoff is set for 19:45BST on ...

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