Patrizio Bertelli

Published on March 21 2014

Patrizio Bertelli Net Worth : $6 Billion

Patrizio Bertelli is the 68 year old Italian CEO of Prada S.p.A. Currently, he has a net worth of $6 billion and is the 9th wealthiest individual in Italy. He is also the husband of Prada’s co-CEO, Miuccia Prada, also a fellow billionaire. While Miuccia is the fashion-guru in the business, Patrizio is the man behind its success: the financial genius that has overseen the fashion house’s most lucrative deals.

Bertelli began his journey to the top when he dropped out of the University of Bologna to pursue the production of leather bags and belts in a small factory in Arezzo. He met Miuccia Prada in 1977 at a trade fair in Milan and was hired to produce various leather accessories for her line. Eventually they became a couple but Prada saw more than just romance in Patrizio; she saw his savvy business mind and when she inherited Prada S.p.A she made him her business manager. This very smart move has made them both billionaires as Patrizio has pushed the fashion house to global recognition.

Notably, Patrizio has quite a fiery temper that once saw him smash a Miu Miu store mirror that he said made people look fat. He also shattered the tail lights of a number of cars whose owners had parked them in the wrong slots in the company’s parking yard. Amusingly, he claims that he quite enjoyed that spectacle. Moreover, Bertelli doesn’t just ‘explode’ at his employees, he has been known to have heated confrontations with Miuccia but she maintains that she respects and admires him.

Notwithstanding, it’s not all work and no play for Bertelli; he loves cars and owns several Porsches. He also has a passion for sailing and his two sailboats: the Luna Rossas sail competitively. Miuccia and Patrizio have two children Lorenzo and Giulio Prada.

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