The Italian businessman Gilberto Benetton, one of the founders of the Benetton Group in 1965, died today at 77 in the Italian town of Treviso (north), local media reported.
He had been admitted in the last days in a hospital in Treviso with pneumonia and its conditions worsened in the last hours.
With his brothers Luciano, Giuliana and Carlo, founded the Benetton Group in 1965 and throughout his life he was vice president of companies such as Edizione Srl, which currently holds 30.25% of the capital of Atlantia; and CEO of the Benetton Group, Atlantia, Mediobanca, Pirelli & C. and Allianz.
Father of two daughters, Sabrina and Barbara, Gilberto Benetton was always passionate about sports and specifically golf, rugby and basketball, and was responsible for the construction of a sports center in the city of Treviso.
The president of the Veneto region, Luca Zaia, today lamented the death of Gilberto Benetton and said that it was a symbol of the business world and of the Italy brand.