Reaction to Death of Italian Business Tycoon Del Vecchio | World News

ROME (Reuters) – Leonardo Del Vecchio, the chairman of spectacles maker EssilorLuxottica and one of Italy’s wealthiest organization figures, has died aged 87.

“Initially and foremost, I lose a good friend, with whom I shared a long and revolutionary specialist experience. With each other, we invented a phenomenon that did not exist: we right away realised that eyeglasses, from very simple functional objects would turn out to be indispensable style accessories.”

“Our era lived by difficult occasions that hardened it: the several years of war and reconstruction… Of Leonardo I will usually remember his direct way of speaking, his practicality, his loyalty. I will miss out on him incredibly substantially.”

Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio

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“I convey my condolences for the dying of Leonardo Del Vecchio, an esteemed personality in the entrepreneurial area and further than. His is undoubtedly a profitable illustration of Italian excellence in the environment.”

Lombardy Regional Governor Attilio Fontana

“A wonderful, excellent entrepreneur, ‘THE’ Entrepreneur. Leonardo Del Vecchio was an worldwide product for pragmatism and for the skill to generally glance to the long term with impressive and winning tasks.”

EU Financial system Commissioner Paolo Gentiloni:

“Leonardo Del Vecchio was a excellent Italian. His tale, from orphanage to leadership of a business empire, looks like a story from one more time. But it is an instance for nowadays and tomorrow. RIP.”

Italy’s Agriculture Minister Stefano Patuanelli:

“Farewell to Leonardo Del Vecchio, a wonderful entrepreneur whom I experienced the satisfaction of meeting more than the many years his terrific human and entrepreneurial features will go on to make our place excellent in the entire world.”

Milan Mayor Giuseppe Sala:

“With the passing of Del Vecchio, Milan loses one particular of the most emblematic figures of its modern historical past”

Veneto Regional President Luca Zaia:

“The Veneto (region) owes him a lot. He was an entrepreneur who seemed significantly outside of his goals. With his willpower and vision he set up himself as a single of the most successful business people in the environment.”

“From that workshop (in the town of Agordo) a tiny corporation was born, Luxottica, which in a short time grew into a massive producer, at the head of which Del Vecchio climbed the ranks of international finance, bringing the Veneto area to the forefront of the globe.”

Lapo Elkann, member of the Agnelli family:

“Leonardo Del Vecchio was an complete legend of Italy and a beacon in the eyewear market… he taught me the pursuit of perfection.”

Luca Cordero Di Montezemolo, previous Ferrari president:

“Leonardo Del Vecchio was an incredible entrepreneur, capable of demonstrating how bravery vision, resolve and ability can create productive companies in our region, starting from scratch, as happened in quite a few circumstances in the immediate write-up-war interval.”

Field Minister Giancarlo Giorgetti:

“A great man and entrepreneur, (a image of) Italian satisfaction in the world. I hope that his own story can be an illustration for young persons.”

(Reporting by Giulia Segreti, supplemental reporting by claudia Cristoferi Modifying by Keith Weir)

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