Stefano Pessina

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Stefano Pessina
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Stefano Pessina, 2010
Born 1941
Pescara, Italy
Nationality Monegasque[1]
Alma mater Polytechnic University of Milan
Occupation Businessman
Years active 1966–present
Net worth US$10.4 billion (March 2014)[2]
Title Executive Chairman of Alliance Boots
Term 2007–present
Board member of
Walgreens, Alliance Boots
Spouse(s) Barbara Pessina
Ornella Barra
Children 2

Stefano Pessina (born 1941)[3] is an Italian-born Monegasque businessman.[2] He has served as the Executive Chairman of Alliance Boots since 2007.[4][5][6]


Early life[edit]

Pessina was born in Pescara and grew up between Milan, Como and Naples.[3]

He graduated from the Polytechnic University of Milan in nuclear physics.[4][7]


In 1977, he took over his family's pharmaceutical wholesaler in Naples and turned it into Alliance Santé, a Franco-Italian pharmaceutical wholesale group.[2][4][5] In 1997, it merged with Alliance UniChem, and he joined its Board of Directors.[4][5][6] From 2001 to 2004, he served as its Chief Executive.[5] He served as Executive Deputy Chairman, and later as Executive Chairman.[5]

He has sat on the Board of Directors of Walgreens since August 2012.[5][8] He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Consumer Goods Forum.[4][9]

Personal life[edit]

He is separated from his wife Barbara, and they have two children. He has been the partner of Ornella Barra for over 30 years.[10] As of December 2014, he is worth US$11.2 billion, owning about 8% of Walgreens and 18% of Alliance Boots.[2]

He has lived in Monte Carlo, Monaco, for many years.[3]

His son, a banker, works at Alliance Boots.