Luca Bassani

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Luca Bassani Antivari is the Italian founder and president of the Monaco-based maritime design company Wally Yachts.


He was born on 24 November 1956 into a wealthy Milanese family. As a child he learnt to sail while staying at their house in Portofino on the Italian Riviera. Later he studied economics at Bocconi University, where he was awarded a Ph.D., before working in his father’s electrical supply business.

He formed the Wally Yachts company after having directed the design of a yacht for his own use in 1991. He founded the company headquarters to Monaco in 1994.