Born in the year 22 May 1935, Leonardo Del Vecchio was born in Milan, Italy. The founder and chairman of Luxottica, his luxury chain runs brands like Sunglass Hut, Lens Crafters, Ray-Ban, Oakley etc.
Surprisingly, in terms of education, Leonardo is just a high school graduate but due to his innovative thinking and great marketing skills, he has become the second richest man in Italy according to the Forbes Magazine survey. Born in Milan, his childhood was not a very comfortable one; he was bought up in an orphanage.
Del Vecchio Family Profile
Let us take a look at Del Vecchio’s celebrated family members
Leonardo Del Vecchio Parents – Name (Unknown)
Born to a mother, who could not afford to take care of him, Vecchio had a difficult childhood. His father died five months before he was born making the situation worse. He was sent to an orphanage at the age of seven, where the nuns at the orphanage took care of him.
Leonardo Del Vecchio Spouse(s) – Unknown (Ex), Nicoletta Zampillo (Ex), Unknown (Current)
Leonardo Del Vecchio was married three times; he has a son and two daughters from his first wife (name unknown). He was married again to Nicoletta Zampillo, and they had a son from the marriage. At last he tied a knot with his current wife (name unknown), and the couple has two kids from the marriage.
Children of Leonrdo Del Vecchio – Claudio Del Vecchio, Marisa Del Vecchio, Paula Del Vecchio, Leonardo Maria Del Vecchio, Luca Vecchio and Clemente Vecchio
Claudio Del Vecchio
Born in 1957, Claudio is Leonardo Del Vecchio’s eldest son from his first marriage. He serves as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Brooks Brothers Group, Inc., which is also known by the Retail Brand Alliance Inc. Brooks. From 1986, he took over as the Director of the Luxottica Group SpA.
Claudio Del Vecchio Spouse – Debra
Married to Claudio Del Vecchio, Debra has been a philanthropic support in the making of the Golden Fleece Foundation. She made significant efforts to raise millions of dollars for a number of charities like the St Jude Children’s Research Hospital and the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Children of Claudio Del Vecchio and Debra
Angelica Del Vecchio
Cristian Del Vecchio
Marisa Del Veechio
Marisa, 52, is Vecchio’s daughter from the first marriage. She holds 16.38% of stake in the Luxottica group.
Paula Del Veechio
Paula, 54, is Vecchio’s third child from the first marriage. She also holds 16.38% of stake in the Luxottica group.
Leonardo Maria Del Veechio
Leonardo Jr is the son of Leonardo Del Vecchio’s from his second marriage with Nicoletta Zampillo. He also owns similar amount of shares in the company holdings like the kids from first marriage.
Luca is the daughter of the business tycoon from the third and current marriage. She is currently 11 and has her interest secured. She holds equal share in the company ownership like the rest of Leonardo’s children.
The youngest of all the siblings is Clemente Vecchio. He is Leonardo’s son from his third marriage. Born in the year 2005, he also owns a similar share in the company holdings.
Leonardo Del Vecchio has been ranked as the 74th richest billionaire by the Forbes magazine in the year March 2012. Rated as the second richest man in Itlay after Michele Feroro, Del Vecchio has a net worth of US$19.1 billion. He became the 38th richest man in the world in the year 2014.