Andrea Agnelli

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Andrea Agnelli
Born (1975-12-06) 6 December 1975 (age 41)
Turin, Italy
Nationality Italian
Alma mater
Employer FIAT
Known for Chairman of Juventus F.C.
Net worth Increase US$13.5 billion (2014)[1]
Spouse(s) Emma Winter
Children
  • Baya Agnelli
  • Giacomo Dai Agnelli
Parent(s)
Relatives

Andrea Agnelli (Italian pronunciation: [anˈdrɛːa aɲˈɲɛlli]; born 6 December 1975 in Turin) is an Italian businessman and chairman of Italian football club Juventus F.C.[2] Since 2012 he is Executive Member of the European Club Association (ECA) and appointed to join the UEFA Executive Committee since 2015. He is a member of the famous Industrialist Agnelli family. He is also a board member of FIAT and Exor.

Early life[edit]

Agnelli is the son of late Juventus F.C. chairman and senator of the Italian Republic Umberto Agnelli, CEO of Fiat from 1970–1976, and Donna Allegra Caracciolo di Castagneto, first cousin of Marella Agnelli, born Donna Marella Caracciolo di Castagneto and daughter of Filippo Caracciolo, 8th Prince di Castagneto, 3rd Duke di Melito, and a hereditary Patrician of Naples (1903-1965). Marella, widow of Agnelli's uncle Gianni, and Allegra and, therefore, Andrea, are both members of and old Neapolitan noble family that hold the titles of Prince of Castagneto and Duke of Melito, among others.

Andrea was the last male member of the family to carry the Agnelli surname until the birth of his son Giacomo. He studied at St Clare's in Oxford, England and then at Bocconi University in Milan.

Career[edit]

After university, Agnelli started his career in the business world in England and France at companies including Iveco and Auchan Hypermarché. He also spent several years in Switzerland working in marketing and development for Ferrari Idea S.A. and Lausanne-based Philip Morris International.

Juventus F.C.[edit]

In May 2010 he was appointed Chairman of the board of directors of Juventus by his first cousin John Elkann, becoming the fourth member of the Agnelli family to run the football club after his father, his uncle and his grandfather.[3] Elkann had come under criticism from Juventus fans for the club's poor results during the 2009–10 season and many ultras saw Agnelli as the "rightful" heir due to his family's long-time association with the club. Despite entering the job during a period when the club was still dealing with the aftermath of the infamous Calciopoli scandal, he is credited with overseeing the club's transition into the new stadium and balancing their finances in wake of the ongoing recession ravaging Italy.[4][5] One of his first acts as new chairman was to appoint Sampdoria duo Giuseppe Marotta as Director of Sport and Luigi Delneri as new coach.

On 22 May 2011, Agnelli appointed former captain and fan favourite Antonio Conte as the new manager of Juventus, replacing Delneri. The same season Juventus won the first scudetto undefeated under Agnelli.[6] Since then, Juventus won six Scudetti in a row, a record in the Italian major soccer league, including the 2016–17 title, as well as the 2016–17 Coppa Italia under manager Massimiliano Allegri.

On 8 September 2015, Agnelli was re-elected as a member of the European Club Association(ECA) Executive Board, a position he has held since 2012. He was also appointed by the ECA Executive Board to join the UEFA Executive Committee on behalf of ECA, where he will represent the 220 ECA member clubs alongside re-elected ECA chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge for the next two years 2015-17.[7][8]

Legal troubles[edit]

In 2014, some of Juventus' senior management, including Agnelli, were investigated by the Public prosecutor's office of Turin on the management of tickets at the Juventus Stadium,[9] about the alleged infiltration of the 'Ndrangheta in the commercial management of the company's tickets;[10] the public ministers of Turin did not formalize criminal charges against Juventus or its members,[9] closing the investigation three years later with a filing request as there were no links between the Juventus management and the groups and/or individual people involved in organized crime.[11] On 18 March 2017, following the opening of a lawsuit by a prosecutor from the Turin Public Prosecutor's Office, Agnelli was referred by the FIGC's Attorney General along with three other club executives.[12] The following 15 September, the FIGC reformulated its allegations, excluding a presumed Mafia association from the members of the incriminated club after the prosecutor Giuseppe Pecoraro's intervention to the Antimafia Commission in April;[13] the prosecutor asked for sanctions for the meetings of Agnelli with ultra groups and the sale of the tickets by the rest of the offenders beyond the limit allowed per person (thus favouring ticket scalping).[14] On 25 September, Agnelli was banned for a year and fined €20,000, while Juventus were fined €300,000 for selling tickets to ultras, however alleged connections to organized crime were not present in the ruling.[15]

Personal life[edit]

On 27 August 2005 he married Emma Winter in a Roman Catholic ceremony in Villar Perosa (Piedmont, Italy) at the church of San Pietro in Vincoli. The wedding reception was held at Villa Agnelli, Donna Marella Agnelli's estate in Villar Perosa.[16] The couple has two children: Baya Agnelli (born on 24 May 2005 in Turin)[17] and Giacomo Dai Agnelli (born 16 December 2011 in Turin).[18]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.therichest.com/rich-list/nation/top-10-richest-italians-in-the-world/
  2. ^ "Del Piero welcomes new era at Juventus". ESPN. 22 May 2010. Archived from the original on 25 May 2010. Retrieved 27 May 2010. 
  3. ^ "Juve, John Elkann disegna il futuro "Andrea Agnelli sarà il presidente"" [Juve, John Elkann marks the future: "Andrea Agnelli will be the chairman"] (in Italian). La Stampa. 28 April 2010. Archived from the original on 30 January 2012. Retrieved 1 June 2011. 
  4. ^ "Stadio, Vinovo, marchio e rosa: la Juve vale di più" (in Italian). Tuttosport. 10 October 2011. 
  5. ^ "La Juventus e il nuovo stadio, "29" scudetti nello spogliatoio" (in Italian). La Repubblica. 5 October 2011. 
  6. ^ "Conte replaces Del Neri at Juventus". ESPN Soccernet. 13 May 2011. 
  7. ^ "ECA Member Clubs elect new Executive Board". ecaeurope.com. Retrieved 8 September 2015. 
  8. ^ "Rummenigge and Agnelli enter UEFA Executive Committee". juventus.com. Retrieved 8 September 2015. 
  9. ^ a b "Procura Figc, contatto tra Agnelli e boss per gestione biglietti Juventus" (in Italian). 7 March 2017. 
  10. ^ Massimiliano Peggio (15 May 2017). "Agnelli in tribunale: "Mai ricevuto pressioni sui biglietti dalla criminalità organizzata"" (in Italian). 
  11. ^ Marco Bellinazzo (7 March 2017). "Pecoraro smentisce: irresponsabile attribuirmi frasi su Juve e cosche". 
  12. ^ "Deferiti la Juventus, il Presidente Andrea Agnelli e altri 3 dirigenti bianconeri" (in Italian). 18 March 2017. 
  13. ^ Commissione parlamentare antimafia (5 April 2017). "Commissione parlamentare di inchiesta sul fenomeno delle mafie e sulle altre associazioni criminali, anche straniere" (in Italian). Radio Radicale. 
  14. ^ "Deferimento Juventus: le richieste della Procura Federale" (in Italian). 15 September 2017. 
  15. ^ "Official: Agnelli banned for a year". Football Italia. 25 September 2017. 
  16. ^ "Il sì di Andrea e Emma Festa a Villar Perosa per il giovane Agnelli". Corriere della Sera (in Italian). 28 August 2005. Retrieved 28 September 2013. 
  17. ^ "E' nata Baya Agnelli figlia di Andrea". Corriere della Sera (in Italian). 26 May 2005. Retrieved 28 September 2013. 
  18. ^ "Andrea Agnelli di nuovo papà é nato Giacomo Dai". La Repubblica (in Italian). 16 December 2011. Retrieved 28 September 2013.