Michele Ferrero

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This article is about the Italian chocolate maker. For the priest, see Michele Ferrero (priest).
Michele Ferrero
Born 26 April 1925 (1925-04-26) (age 89)[1]
Dogliani, Italy[1]
Residence Monte Carlo[2]
Citizenship Italian
Occupation Owner of Ferrero SpA
Known for Brands including Nutella, Mon Chéri, Kinder Chocolate, Ferrero Rocher, Tic Tacs, Kinder Eggs
Net worth Increase US$ 26.7 billion (May 2014)[2]
Spouse(s) Maria Franca Fissolo[3]
Children Pietro (deceased), Giovanni[3]
Parents Piera Cillario, Pietro Ferrero[3]

Michele Ferrero (Italian pronunciation: [miˈkɛːle ferˈrɛːro]) (born 26 April 1925) is the owner of the eponymous chocolate maker Ferrero SpA, one of Europe's largest with estimated 2012 sales of $19 billion.

Ferrero, who was born in Dogliani, Italy,[1] is Italy's richest person, with a personal wealth of $26 billion,[2] surpassing Silvio Berlusconi in March 2008. As of May 2014, The Bloomberg Billionaires Index lists Ferrero as the 20th richest person in the world with an estimated net worth of U.S. 26 billion.[4]

Brands include Nutella, Mon Chéri, Kinder Chocolate, Ferrero Rocher, Tic Tacs and Kinder Eggs.

Since 1997, his sons, Giovanni Ferrero and Pietro Ferrero, have led the company.[5][6] Pietro died on 18 April 2011 in an accident in South Africa.[7]

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  1. ^ a b c "Michele Ferrero compie 85 anni" [Michele Ferrero turns 85]. Il Sole 24 Ore (in Italian). 25 April 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c "Michele Ferrero Forbes Profile". Forbes. March 9, 2011. Retrieved April 25, 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c "The Story of a Family". Ferrero.com. 
  4. ^ "Bloomberg Billionares Index". Bloomberg LP. Retrieved December 3, 2012. 
  5. ^ Ferrero SpA – Company History. Fundinguniverse.com. Retrieved on 2011-11-03.
  6. ^ [1]. Retrieved on 2014-05-18.
  7. ^ "Italian chocolate boss Ferrero dies in S. Africa accident". 18 April 2011.