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Diego Della Valle (born 30 December 1953) is the chairman of the Italian leather goods company Tod's.

Diego Della Valle
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Diego Della Valle speaking, November 2003
Born (1953-12-30) 30 December 1953 (age 65)
ResidenceCasette d'Ete
Alma materUniversity of Bologna
OccupationLawyer
businessman
Known for
Major shareholder of Tod's
Owner of ACF Fiorentina
Net worth
US$1.8 billion(2018 Forbes list)[1]
US$1.6 billion(2017 Forbes list)[1]
Board member ofThe chairman of Tod's
Spouse(s)Barbara Pistilli
Children
Emanuele(first marriage with Simona Pistilli)
Filippo(with Barbara, Simona's younger sister)
Parent(s)
Dorino Della Valle(father)
Maria Micucci Della Valle(mother, deceased)
Relatives
Andrea(brother)
Gisella(sister)

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BiographyEdit

Family, youth and studiesEdit

Diego Della Valle is the elder son of Dorino Della Valle and grandson of Filippo Della Valle. Filippo started his shoemaking business in the 1920s, which Diego expanded into the now famous Tod's brand.[2][3][4]

In his younger days, Diego studied Law in the University of Bologna having got that academic degree in 1975, conciliating since 2000 the career and the marketing of the family's shoemaking business.

Even during his younger days, Diego was business savvy: Diego used the power of celebrity to popularise his product, such an example was to have once persuaded his friend Luca di Montezemolo, who was a protégé of the then Fiat boss Gianni Agnelli, to present Agnelli with a pair of Tod's driving moccasins – the lawyer got Agnelli to wear Tod's shoes when attending Juventus football matches, which were widely televised; this product placement prompted a spike in sales.[2][3][4]

LaterEdit

Diego now manages Tod's with his brother Andrea. Diego's older son, Emanuele, is also involved with the family business as the creative director. The factory in Casette d'Ete was designed by his wife, Barbara.[3][4]

Other interestsEdit

Diego sits on the board of a number of companies, such as Ferrari, Maserati, Banca Nazionale del Lavoro and LVMH.

Sporting diligenceEdit

Diego bought the Tuscan football club ACF Fiorentina in 2002[2][4] owning it since that year, and owns the fashion brand Maison Schiaparelli which he is reviving. He sold ACF Fiorentina to Rocco Commisso at the end of the 2018/2019 season.

Historical cultureEdit

In 2013, he announced that he will take the restoration of the Colosseum, of Rome – by the costs of more than €30 mi.

Diego vs. Silvio BerlusconiEdit

Diego has publicly attacked Silvio Berlusconi for the over-taxing of big business and his failure to support smaller Italian businesses. In return, Berlusconi has talked of suing Diego for defamation.[2][4]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Diego Della Valle". Forbes.
  2. ^ a b c d "Diego Della Valle". 18 January 2010. Retrieved 12 March 2011.
  3. ^ a b c Betts, Kate (8 March 2006). "Driving Force: Diego Della Valle". Time. Retrieved 12 March 2011.
  4. ^ a b c d e Shamoon, Stella (2 April 2006). "Diego Della Valle: Going in feet first". The Independent. Retrieved 12 March 2011.