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Manfredi Lefebvre d'Ovidio

Manfredi Lefebvre d'Ovidio (born 30 April 1953) is an Italian-born Monegasque billionaire businessman. He is the chairman and former owner of Silversea Cruises, a company founded by his father. In June 2018, 2/3 of the company was sold to Royal Caribbean for $1 billion.

Manfredi Lefebvre d'Ovidio
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Manfredi Lefebvre d'Ovidio
Born (1953-04-30) 30 April 1953 (age 65)
Italy
Residence Monaco
Nationality Monegasque
Alma mater Sapienza University of Rome (dropped out)
Occupation Businessman
Net worth US$1.5 billion (June 2018)
Title Chairman, Silversea Cruises
Parent(s) Antonio Lefebvre d'Ovidio
Eugenia Beck

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BiographyEdit

Lefebvre d'Ovidio grew up in Rome, one of three children born into an Italian family. The son of Antonio Lefebvre d'Ovidio, legal professor and Italian jurist, and Eugenia Beck, of a German family, he was involved in a variety of family businesses from an early age and today is chairman of luxury cruise line, Silversea Cruises.[1]

He attended law school at Sapienza University of Rome but did not complete his studies.[citation needed]

CareerEdit

His father's background in maritime law, among other industrial interests, led to the family’s involvement in shipping and ultimately, in the cruise industry.[citation needed] In 1988 they purchased control of Sitmar Cruises from the Vlasov family and in 1989, merged it with P&O's Princess Cruises unit.[citation needed] Silversea Cruises was founded in 1994 by his father with two ships purpose-built for the line, the Silver Cloud and the Silver Wind.[citation needed] Lefebvre d'Ovidio led Silversea through his board position before being named Chairman in 2001.[citation needed] By that time, it added two more vessels (Silver Whisper and Silver Shadow) making it a four ship fleet.[citation needed]

As of 2017 Silversea operates nine vessels on worldwide itineraries that call in all seven continents. It has been recognized as one of the World's best with multiple awards from Condé Nast Traveler and Travel + Leisure magazines as well as other travel publications and organizations.[2]

He was the owner of Silversea,[3] until June 2018, when Royal Caribbean agreed to pay about $1 billion for a 2/3 stake in the company,[4] making him a billionaire.[5]

Personal lifeEdit

He resides in Monaco, where Silversea is headquartered.[citation needed] He has a daughter, Costanza.[6][7]

Cruise industry advocacyEdit

Lefebvre d'Ovidio was a key driver of the unification of the European cruise industry as chairman of the European Cruise Council (ECC) since 2010.[citation needed] He led the merger of that association with the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) of which he has served on the board of directors since 2013.[citation needed] He remains on the board of CLIA Global and serves as chairman of CLIA Europe.[8] He is also active in promoting international tourism efforts as the vice chairman of the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC), in charge for Europe and a member of the World Economic Forum (WEF).[9]

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