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|Member of the Chamber of Deputies|
December 16, 1944 |
Reggio Calabria, Italy
|Political party||Act to Stop the Decline|
|Religion||Roman Catholic|
Santo Versace (born December 16, 1944) is the president and co-chief executive officer of Gianni Versace SpA, based in Milan, Italy. Since 2008 he has been elected as Member of the Chamber of Deputies of the Italian Republic in the constituency of Calabria. He is a member of the Alliance for Italy political party, formerly being a member of The People of Freedom.
He was born on December 16, 1944 in Reggio Calabria where he grew up with his younger siblings Gianni and Donatella, along with their father, Antonio, and dressmaker mother, Francesca. An older sister, Tina, died at the age of twelve from an improperly treated tetanus infection. By age six, Versace joined his father and continued to work after school and summers with him until he attended university. When not in school, he helped care for his younger sister, Donatella.
Santo was married to Cristiana. Divorced from the mother of their two children, Francesca and Antonio, he now lives with his partner Francesca De Stefano, a lawyer, and daughter Ramona. He is also the uncle of his sister Donatella's two children, Allegra and Daniel Versace.
Career & professional life
In 1968 Santo graduated from the University of Messina with a degree in economics. He began working first as a banker in Reggio Calabria for Credito Italiano and later as a high school teacher of economics and geography. In 1972, he completed his military service as an officer in the “Genova Cavalleria.” Upon completion of his service, Santo opened his own accounting office in both Reggio Calabria and Milan.
In 1976 he moved permanently to Milan where he began working full-time with his brother. Gianni Versace SpA is founded in 1977, with Santo Versace as CEO until 2004. Santo played a leading role in the success of the Versace brand by focusing on communication, organization, productivity, and quality. He oversaw all areas of the business—including sales, distribution, production and finance—and quickly became one of the industry's leading and most well-respected businesspeople.
In 1998, Santo was appointed president of the Italian Fashion Chamber where he served from 1998–1999.
Since 1998 he is a shareholder of Viola Reggio Calabria Basketball. From June 1998 to October 1999 was "President of the National Chamber of Italian Fashion." He is Chairman of Operation Smile Italy Onlus, an association of doctors and volunteers who deals with children with facial deformities in 70 countries around the world.
Notes and references
- Foti, Anna (10 November 2010). "Centrale a carbone di Saline Joniche, ancora iniziative istituzionali e non". Reggio TV (in Italian). Retrieved 21 December 2010.
- Collins, Lauren (September 24, 2007). "Mondo Donatella". The New Yorker: 158. Retrieved 21 December 2010