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John Elkann

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Nationality  Italian
Religion  Catholic

Name  John Elkann
Role  Industrialist
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Full Name  John Philip Jacob Elkann
Born  1 April 1976 (age 39) (1976-04-01) New York City, New York, US
Occupation  Chairman, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Chairman and CEO, Exor
Relatives  Gianni Agnelli grandfather Edoardo Agnelli great-grandfather Giovanni Agnelli (founder of Fiat) great-great-grandfather Andrea Agnelli first cousin
Spouse  Lavinia Borromeo (m. 2004)
Siblings  Lapo Elkann, Ginevra Elkann, Anna de Pahlen, Sofia de Pahlen, Tatiana de Pahlen, Pietro de Pahlen, Maria de Pahlen
Children  Leone Mose Elkann, Oceano Noah Elkann, Vita Talita Elkann
Parents  Margherita Agnelli, Alain Elkann
Nephews  Pietro Gaetani dell'Aquila d'Aragona, Giacomo Gaetani dell'Aquila d'Aragona
Similar People  Lapo Elkann, Andrea Agnelli, Sergio Marchionne, Ginevra Elkann, Gianni Agnelli

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John Philip Jacob Elkann (born 1 April 1976) is an Italian industrialist. He was the chosen heir of his grandfather Gianni Agnelli, and chairs and controls the automaker Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (which owns the Abarth, Alfa Romeo, Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Fiat, Fiat Professional, Lancia, Maserati, Mopar and Ram brands). He is the chairman and CEO of Exor, an investment company controlled by the Agnelli family, which controls Partner Re, Ferrari, CNH Industrial and Juventus F.C..


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Early life

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Born in New York City, John Elkann is the first son of Alain Elkann, a journalist and writer of French Jewish and Italian Jewish background, and his then wife Italian Margherita Agnelli. His parents divorced in 1981 and both have remarried. Elkann's maternal grandparents were the industrialist Gianni Agnelli and the Italian socialite Marella Agnelli (born Donna Marella Caracciolo di Castagneto). His paternal great-grand-uncle was the banker Ettore Ovazza.

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He has a brother, Lapo, and a sister, Ginevra, as well as five half-siblings from his mother’s second marriage, as Margherita Agnelli de Pahlen, to Serge de Pahlen. His younger half-siblings are: Maria (born 1983), Pierre (born 1986), twins Sophie and Anna (born 1988) and Tatiana (born 1990).

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Elkann attended primary school in the United Kingdom and in Brazil, before his family moved to Paris, France, where he obtained a baccalauréat scientifique at the State School Lycée Victor-Duruy in 1994. Later the same year, he moved to Italy to attend the Politecnico di Torino (Turin), where he graduated with a degree in management engineering in 2000. As a result of his international upbringing, he is fluent in four languages.


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While pursuing his degree in Engineering, Elkann gained work experience through several internships: headlight plant in Birmingham, England (1996), production line in Tychy, Poland (1997), car dealership in Lille, France (1998) and also at GE's CIG (corporate initiatives group) where he worked on a thesis on e-auctions (1999). In December 1997, Elkann was selected by his grandfather Gianni Agnelli to take the place in the family business of Giovanni Alberto Agnelli, the son of Gianni’s younger brother, Umberto, who had died at the age of 33. He was appointed to the Fiat Board at the age of 21. In 2000, after graduating in Engineering from Politecnico di Torino, he joined General Electric’s Corporate Audit program. He left General Electric two years later.

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

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

After the deaths of his grandfather Gianni Agnelli in 2003, and his great-uncle Umberto Agnelli in 2004, Elkann became vice chairman of Fiat and vice chairman of Giovanni Agnelli B.V., the family partnership through which it controls EXOR. In 2010, he became chairman of Fiat S.p.A. (now Fiat Chrysler Automobiles), succeeding Luca Cordero di Montezemolo, and chairman of the Giovanni Agnelli B.V., succeeding Gianluigi Gabetti. In February 2011, he was appointed chairman and CEO of EXOR.

He is also chairman of Partner Re, Editrice La Stampa, a board member of Ferrari and The Economist Group.

In addition, he is an active member of various non-profit organizations and think-tanks engaged in the global geopolitical debate, including serving as vice chairman of the Italian Aspen Institute and the Giovanni Agnelli Foundation and MOMA.

In 2013 was included by Fortune in the world’s most influential managers under the age of 40.

Personal life

Elkann was baptized and raised Catholic. Elkann married Lavinia Borromeo (born Lavinia Ida Borromeo-Arese on 10 March 1977 in Milan, Italy) a member of the prominent Italian aristocratic family the House of Borromeo. They married in a Roman Catholic ceremony in the Cappella Bianca on Isola Madre, one of the Borromean Islands of Lake Maggiore.

They have three children. A son named Leone (Italian for lion) Mosé, was born on 27 August 2006. On 11 November 2007, Mrs. Elkann gave birth to the couple's second boy, Oceano (Italian for ocean) Noah. Their third child, a girl named Vita (Italian for life) Talita was born on 23 January 2012. They were all born in Turin at S.Anna's Hospital.


  • EXOR N.V.: Chairman/CEO
  • Fiat Chrysler Automobiles: Chairman
  • Giovanni Agnelli B.V.: Chairman/General Partner
  • PartnerRe: Chairman
  • Italiana Editrice S.p.A.: Chairman
  • Fondazione Giovanni Agnelli: Vice Chairman
  • Italian Aspen Institute: Vice Chairman
  • Ferrari: Board Member
  • MOMA: Trustee
  • The Economist Group: Board Member
  • Pinacoteca Giovanni e Maria Agnelli: Member
  • Awards and honors

  • Appeal of Conscience Award, September 2010
  • References

    John Elkann Wikipedia