Santo Versace

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The Honourable
Santo Versace
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President of Gianni Versace S.p.A
Assumed office
Preceded by Office established
Chief Executive Officer of
Gianni Versace S.p.A
In office
Serving with Donatella Versace and Jorge Saud
Preceded by Gianni Versace
Succeeded by Allegra Beck
Member of the Chamber of Deputies
for Calabria
In office
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
In office
25 May 2014 – 25 May 2015
Preceded by No immediate predecessor
Succeeded by Michele Boldrin
Member of the Parliamentary Commission for Finance
In office
7 October 2011 – 14 March 2013
Member of the Parliamentary Commission for Trade, Tourism and
Productive Activities
In office
21 May 2008 – 7 October 2011
Personal details
Born Santo Domenico Versace
(1944-12-16) 16 December 1944 (age 73)
Reggio Calabria, Kingdom of Italy
Political party Act to Stop the Decline (2014—2015)
Previous affiliations;
Alliance for Italy (2009—2014)
People of Freedom (until 2009)
Christiana Cavalli[1]
(m. 1981; div. 2004)

Francesca de Stefano
(m. 2014)
Children 3
Relatives Donatella Versace (sister)
Gianni Versace (brother)
Allegra Versace (niece)
Residence Milan, Italy
Alma mater University of Messina (BEconSc; 1968)
Profession Businessman

Santo Domenico Versace (Italian: [verˈsaːtʃe];[a] born 16 December 1944) is an Italian businessman who 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,[5] formerly being a member of The People of Freedom.[6]


Early life[edit]

He was born on 16 December 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.[7] 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.

Personal life[edit]

In 1981, Versace married Christiana Cavalli.[1] 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[edit]

In 1968, Santo graduated from the University of Messina with a degree in economics.[8] 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[9] 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.[citation needed]

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.

In popular culture[edit]

Versace is portrayed by Italian actor Giovanni Cirfiera in the second season of the anthology series American Crime Story, which premiered on January 17, 2018.

Notes and references[edit]


  1. ^ According to a January 2018 Vogue interview with Donatella Versace, Versace is correctly pronounced /vərˈsɑː/ vər-SAH-chay in English as opposed to the popular pronunciation of /vərˈsɑːi/ vər-SAH-chee.[2][3][4]


  1. ^ a b "Roberto Cavalli Biography - life, family, children, parents, name, wife, school, mother - Newsmakers Cumulation". Retrieved 23 March 2018. 
  2. ^ Vogue (2018-01-31), 73 Questions With Donatella Versace | Vogue, retrieved 2018-03-02 
  3. ^ "You've probably been pronouncing 'Versace' wrong, according to Donatella". Harper's BAZAAR. 2018-02-02. Retrieved 2018-03-02. 
  4. ^ Bruno Mars (2017-08-13), Bruno Mars - Versace On The Floor [Official Video], retrieved 2018-03-02 
  5. ^ "Archivio Corriere della Sera". Retrieved 23 March 2018. 
  6. ^ Foti, Anna (10 November 2010). "Centrale a carbone di Saline Joniche, ancora iniziative istituzionali e non". Reggio TV (in Italian). Retrieved 21 December 2010. 
  7. ^ Collins, Lauren (September 24, 2007). "Mondo Donatella". The New Yorker: 158. Retrieved 21 December 2010 
  8. ^ "Santo Versace: Executive Profile & Biography - Bloomberg". Retrieved 2017-09-26. 
  9. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-11-07. Retrieved 2013-10-07. 

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