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|President of Gianni Versace S.p.A|
|Preceded by||Office established|
|Chief Executive Officer of
Gianni Versace S.p.A
Serving with Donatella Versace and Jorge Saud
|Preceded by||Gianni Versace|
|Succeeded by||Allegra Beck|
|Member of the Chamber of Deputies
14 April 2008 – 25 February 2013
|Preceded by||Ferdinando Adornato|
|Succeeded by||Ferdinando Adornato|
|President of the National Assembly for the Act to Stop the Decline|
25 May 2014 – 25 May 2015
|Preceded by||No immediate predecessor|
|Succeeded by||Michele Boldrin|
|Member of the Parliamentary Commission for Finance|
7 October 2011 – 14 March 2013
|Member of the Parliamentary Commission for Trade, Tourism and
21 May 2008 – 7 October 2011
|Born||Santo Domenico Versace
December 16, 1944
Reggio Calabria, Italy
|Political party||Act to Stop the Decline (2014—2015)
Alliance for Italy (2009—2014)
People of Freedom (until 2009)
(m. 1981; div. 2004)
Francesca de Stefano
|Relatives||Donatella Versace (sister)
Gianni Versace (brother)
|Alma mater||University of Messina (BEconSc; 1968)|
|Religion||Roman Catholic|
Santo Domenico 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.
In 1981, Versace married Christiana Cavalli. The couple had two children, Francesca Christiana and Antonio Tina Santo. The marriage ended in divorce in 2004. Versace remarried in 2014 to lawyer Francesca de Stefano, with whom he had one daughter, Ramona Francesca.
Career and 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 was 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 which 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