Ernest Gallo

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Ernest Gallo
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Born (1909-03-18)March 18, 1909
Jackson, California
Died March 6, 2007(2007-03-06) (aged 97)
Modesto, California
Nationality American
Occupation vintner
Known for E & J Gallo Winery
Spouse(s) Amelia Franzia

Ernest Gallo (1909-2007) was an American businessman. He co-founded the E & J Gallo Winery in Modesto, California.


Early life[edit]

He was born on March 18, 1909 in Jackson, California.[1][2][3][4][5]

His grandparents immigrated from Italy to the United States.[3] His father was Giuseppe Gallo, a.k.a. Joseph, and his mother, Assunta Bianco Gallo, a.k.a. Susie.[3] Together his uncle Michael, his father ran the Gallo Wine Company, a wine distribution company.[3] His mother's family, the Biancos, were winemakers.[3] In the 1920s, his parents purchased a farm near Modesto, California, and sold their grapes.[3] He had a brother, Julio Gallo (1910-1993), and another brother, Joseph.[3] On June 21, 1933, his father shot his mother and killed himself, then making him an orphan.[3]

He graduated from high school.[6]


Shortly after the prohibition of alcohol from 1919 to 1933 in the United States, he co-founded the E.&J. Gallo Winery, using $5,900 in borrowed cash.[2][3][4][5] He became head of sales, marketing and distribution.[4]

Personal life[edit]

He was married for sixty-two years to Amelia (Franzia) Gallo (1930-1993).[1] The couple had two sons: David Gallo (died 1997), and Joseph Gallo. He was ranked 297th on the 2006 Forbes 400 list of billionaires, with an estimated wealth of US$1.2 billion.[3][4][6] He died on March 6, 2007 in Modesto, California, at the age of ninety-seven.[1] He was buried in the St. Stanislaus Catholic Cemetery in Modesto.[1]


  • Henderson, Bruce, with Ernest and Julio Gallo. Ernest & Julio: Our Story. Times Books, 1994


  1. ^ a b c d FindAGrave
  2. ^ a b Harvard Business School
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Frank Prial (March 7, 2007). "Ernest Gallo, 97, Founder of Winery, Dies". New York Times. Retrieved 2010-07-28. 
  4. ^ a b c d "Billionaire winemaker Ernest Gallo dies". USA Today. March 7, 2007. 
  5. ^ a b Ernest Gallo last retrieved March 6, 2007
  6. ^ a b #645 Ernest Gallo

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