Santo Versace

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The Honourable
Santo Versace
BEconSc
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President of Gianni Versace S.p.A
Assumed office
1978
Preceded by Office established
Chief Executive Officer of
Gianni Versace S.p.A
In office
1997–2004
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) December 16, 1944 (age 71)
Reggio Calabria, Italy
Political party Act to Stop the Decline (2014—2015)
Previous affiliations;
Alliance for Italy (2009—2014)
People of Freedom (until 2009)
Spouse(s) Christiana Cavalli[1]
(m. 1981; div. 2004)

Francesca de Stefano
(m. 2014)
Children with Cavalli;
2, including Francesca Christiana and Antonio Tina Santo
with de Stefano;
1, Ramona Francesca
Relatives Donatella Versace (sister)
Gianni Versace (brother)
Residence Milan, Italy
Alma mater University of Messina (BEconSc; 1968)
Profession Businessman
Politician
Religion Roman Catholic[citation needed]

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,[2] formerly being a member of The People of Freedom.[3]

Biography[edit]

Early life[edit]

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.[4] 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]

Santo was married to Cristiana. Divorced from the mother of their two children, Francesca and Antonio, he now lives with his wife Francesca De Stefano, a lawyer.

Career and professional life[edit]

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[5] 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.

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