John Elkann

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John Elkann
John Elkann
John Elkann, when FCA was first listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE)
Birthday/Birthplace John Philip Jacob Elkann
(1976-04-01) 1 April 1976
New York City, New York, US
Citizenship Italian
College(s) Politecnico di Torino
Profession(s) Chairman, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles
Chairman and CEO, Exor
Wife/Husband Lavinia Borromeo
Kid(s) Leone Elkann
Oceano Elkann
Vita Elkann
Parent(s) Margherita Agnelli de Pahlen and Alain Elkann
Family Gianni Agnelli grandfather
Edoardo Agnelli great-grandfather
Giovanni Agnelli (founder of Fiat) great-great-grandfather
Andrea Agnelli cousin

John Jacob Philip Elkann (April 1, 1976) is an Italian industrial entrepreneur. He was elected heir to his grandfather Gianni Agnelli, and chairs and controls the automotive company Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (which owns the brands Abarth, Alfa Romeo, Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Fiat, Fiat Professional, Lancia, Maserati, Mopar and Ram) . He is president and CEO of Exor, an investment company controlled by the Agnelli family that holds stakes in Partner Re, Ferrari, CNH Industrial and Juventus F.C.

John_Elkann’s Biography

First years

John Elkann was born in New York and is the eldest son of Alain Elkann, a journalist and writer of French-French and Judeo-Italian descent, and his then wife, the Italian Margherita Agnelli. His parents divorced in 1981 and both remarried. Elkann’s maternal grandparents were the tycoon Gianni Agnelli and a well-known lady of Italian high society, Marella Agnelli (née, ​​Donna Marella Caracciolo di Castagneto). He is also a descendant of the banker Ettore Ovazza, who was his uncle great-grandfather.

He has a brother, Lapo, and a sister, Ginevra, and five stepbrothers born from the second marriage of his mother Margherita with Serge de Pahlen. His half-brothers are: Maria (born in 1983), Pierre (born in 1986), the twins Sophie and Anna (born in 1988) and Tatiana (born in 1990).

Elkann received a primary education in the United Kingdom and Brazil, before his family moved to Paris, France, where he completed his baccalaureate (he obtained baccalauréat scientifique) at the Victor-Duruy Lyceum in 1994. That same year , he moved to Italy to study at the Politecnico di Torino, where he graduated in management engineering in 2000. As a result of his international education, he speaks four languages ​​fluently.


While studying engineering, Elkann gained experience in several companies through internships: a lighthouse production plant in Birmingham, England (1996), a production line in Tychy, Poland (1997), a dealer of vehicles in Lille, France (1998) and in the group CIG (corporate initiatives group) of GE, where he worked on a thesis on electronic auctions (1999). In December 1997, Elkann was chosen by his grandfather Gianni Agnelli to take the place left in the family business by Giovanni Alberto Agnelli (son of the tycoon’s younger brother, Umberto), who had died at the age of 33. With 21 years, it happened to occupy a position in the Board of Directors of Fiat. In 2000, after graduating in Engineering from the Politecnico di Torino, he joined the corporate audit program of General Electric. Two years later, he left General Electric.

In 2003, he joined IFIL (now Exor), where he worked on the transformation of the Fiat Group.

Elkann was instrumental in the appointment of the current CEO of FCA, Sergio Marchionne, in May 2004.

After the death of his grandfather Gianni Agnelli in 2003, and his uncle grandfather Umberto Agnelli in 2004, Elkann became vice president of Fiat and vice president of Giovanni Agnelli B.V., the family company through which he controls EXOR. In 2010, he became president of Fiat S.p.A. (currently Fiat Chrysler Automobiles) replacing Luca Cordero di Montezemolo, and president of Giovanni Agnelli B.V. replacing Gianluigi Gabetti. In February 2011, he was appointed president and CEO of EXOR.

He is also the president of Partner Re, the publisher La Stampa, a member of the Ferrari Board of Directors and the Economist Group.

In addition, he is an active member of several charities and several idea laboratories involved in the global geopolitical debate, such as the Italian Aspen Institute, of which he is vice president, the Giovanni Agnelli Foundation and the Museum of Modern Art in New York ( MOMA).

In 2013, he was included by Fortune magazine in the most influential group of executives of less than 40 years in the world.

Private life

Elkann was baptized and educated in the Catholic faith. He married Lavinia Borromeo (born March 10, 1977 in Milan, Italy, and baptized with the name of Lavinia Ida Borromeo-Arese), member of the House of Borromeo, a well-known family of the Italian aristocracy. They contracted nuptials at a Catholic ceremony held in the White Chapel of the Isola Madre, one of the Borromean Islands of Lake Maggiore.

More Facts about John Elkann

Whole Name John Philip Jacob Elkann
AKA(s) John Elkann, Elkann, John, John Elkann Agnelli
Born/Where New York City, New York, US
Born April 01, 1976
Religion Catholic
Astrological sign Aries
What He/She Does Chairman, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles
Relationships Lavinia Borromeo
Brothers/Sisters Andrea Agnelli first cousin, Giovanni Agnelli great-great-grandfather, Edoardo Agnelli great-grandfather, Gianni Agnelli grandfather
Children Leone Elkann, Vita Elkann, Oceano Elkann
Parents/Family Margherita Agnelli de Pahlen and Alain Elkann

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