Lapo Elkann (born 1978) is a New York-born Italian industrialist, marketing manager and heir to the automaker Fiat. He is the brother of Jaki Elkann, who is widely expected to become the head of the Fiat group. Lapo Elkann was engaged to the Italian show-girl Martina Stella.
Lauded in fashion circles for inheriting his grandfather's sense of style, Elkann has become famous for wearing (and thus promoting) Fiat-branded sweaters at any occasion, even with haute couture outfits in recent years.
He notoriously survived a nearly fatal drug overdose that put him in a coma on October 10, 2005 in Turin, Italy, while in the company of a group of older transsexuals. Some media outlets speculated that the cocaine Elkann used that night may have been of lower purity, or may have been laced with heroin.
I think he's got incredible style. I don't know much about him though outside of the Vanity Fair article and pictures I've seen of his style. He's a very classic dandy, I love it. Its refreshing since just about every other male around is either entirely classic or apeing the Hedi Slimane look on some level. I'm not in love with the Fiat sweaters but the suits are incredible pinstripes on the right man are absurdly wonderful. He's quite rakish, reminds me of someone from another era. If anyone has more pictures or knows more about him I'd LOVE to hear it.
What do I think about the way most people dress? Most people are not something one thinks about... - Diana Vreeland Twitter / Tumblr
The Vanity Fair article about him was great and Lapo has excellent sense of style. He makes pinstripes look very sexy, indeed. Lapo is something of a tragic figure. He has a brilliant mind, apparently, but is always being measured up against his Can't-Do-No-Wrong brother, isn't he? Those Agnellis are forever interesting.
Here are some pictures.
With Martina Stella.... (are they still dating?)
According to numerous reports from AP, which quotes his brother John Elkann, Vice-chairman at Fiat Auto SpA, confirming it, Lapo is back in the US, or is expected back soon. John says Lapo is doing well since his overdose last October "but still needs time" (to recover fully).
Lapo was head of brand promotion for Fiat Auto SpA before his overdose. Now he is attending company meetings but seems not to be "part of the operative team" for the moment, according to the Fiat Auto SpA CEO, Sergio Marchionne. So I don't know exactly what that means. The official information is, of course, elusive. Lapo is now or will be soon in the US to complete his recovery. He was in rehab in Arizona (possibly the same rehab clinic used by Donatella Versace and other Italian elites) but might also spend time in New York. I don't know how he can do rehab and still visit New York, but his brother was not specific. He just said Lapo would be returning to the US. That was in May when he said that. Here is one of many recent reports that basically all say the same things:
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April 3, 2006
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HEADLINE: Post-OD: It's Lapo in Manhattan; Clean, sober, on the town.
BYLINE: Deborah Schoeneman
After overdosing on a near-lethal combo of cocaine and heroin in a transsexual prostitute's apartment in Turin in October, Agnelli heir and Italian tabloid obsession Lapo Elkann (pictured) went to rehab (the same clinic as Kate Moss) and decided to disappear into Manhattan. On March 16, Elkann, 28, was supposed to make an appearance at the opening of his friend Jamison Ernest's store, Yellow Fever. Elkann's name was on the list of confirmed RSVPs, right up there with a bunch of Victoria's Secret models, celebrity surfers, and Tommy Hilfiger. "Lapo was supposed to host," said the event's publicist. Even a BlackBerry plea from Ernest that night couldn't get him to show. "I'm very focused now," Elkann explained a week later. "I don't go out very much." Although he did make an appearance at Allure magazine's dinner for Lindsay Lohan at Da Silvano and the Bernard-Henri Lévy party at Diane Von Furstenberg's far West Village place?a neighborhood now scrubbed of its cross-dressing hookers. Next: A Week of Welcoming Spring in NYC.
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April 30, 2006 Sunday
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HEADLINE: PAGE SIX
BYLINE: Richard Johnson
HEIR IN DEMAND
LAPO Elkann ,28,the dashing heir to the Fiat fortune,is popular with the ladies,despite that embarrassing incident
last October when he overdosed in the apartment of a transsexual prostitute in Turin,Italy.He was spotted on Madison Avenue the other day with a dark-haired beauty,then an hour later entering the Guggenheim Museum for the Pirelli "Back Stage " book party with two other lovelies.
"A while later,he came out to smoke with gorgeous Australian model Lisa Seiffert ," said our photographer spy."He
was aghast that I tried to shoot them smoking ...with all the scandal, he worries about being seen smoking."
The following article is really about Lapo's brother, but obviously there are some mentions of Lapo. Anyway, I thought it might be of some interest.
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June 26, 2006 Monday 1:19 PM GMT
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HEADLINE: All in the Fiat family: Agnelli heir aims to reinvigorate legacy
BYLINE: By GABRIEL KAHN, The Wall Street Journal
TURIN, Italy John Elkann is heir apparent of the Agnelli family, one of Europe's most-storied industrial dynasties. The 30-year-old grandson of the late Gianni Agnelli, he holds the title of vice chairman of the Fiat group, maker of such items as Ferraris and farm equipment. Like his grandfather and great uncle, he married a noblewoman.
But as Mr. Elkann is poised to move into the driver's seat at the 107-year-old icon, the European model of family capitalism espoused by his clan is struggling to endure. Financial markets have become impatient with family-dominated companies, which sometimes put dynastic interests first and occasionally have murky corporate-governance practices. There is also increased skepticism that companies controlled by Europe's grand families can produce top-flight managers.
Over lunch at the headquarters of IFIL SpA, the Agnelli family holding company of which he is also vice chairman, Mr. Elkann brushes aside these concerns, insisting instead that the family's role at Fiat, founded by his great-great grandfather, has historically brought great benefits to the company. "As a family we have always seen it as our role to guarantee stability for Fiat. That's what my grandfather tried to do."
Yet the question of how much power families should exert is a pressing one in Europe. According to Guido Corbetta, a professor specializing in family-business strategy at Milan's Bocconi University, about 40 percent of companies on the continent have passed control from one generation of family managers to another. On the Italian stock market, more than 60 percent of all publicly traded companies are controlled by families.
Some families are determined to stick with the old model. Hermes International Chief Executive Patrick Thomas, appointed earlier this year as the first nonfamily member to head the French luxury-fashion house, is running the company until a family member from the next generation is ready to take over. Francois-Henri Pinault, chairman of French retail and fashion conglomerate PPR SA, last year took over at the company his father, Francois Pinault, founded.
Others are cutting the umbilical cord. The chairman of Luxottica Group SpA, the Milan eyewear maker, last year passed over his son to name an outsider as chief executive. At French tire maker Michelin SA, it is unclear what role the members of the founding family will play in the company after the sudden death in a boating accident last month of fourth-generation manager Edouard Michelin.
At Fiat, as financial troubles have created pressures in the marketplace, Mr. Elkann is committed to maintaining the family legacy. The Agnellis own 30 percent of the Fiat group through IFIL.
Soft-spoken and reserved, Mr. Elkann exudes little of the flair for which his grandfather was famous. "The important thing I have learned from my grandfather is to be able to adapt to the times you live in," he says. Toward that end, he says he has responded to calls for greater transparency by opening up Fiat's board to more outside directors and creating clearer lines of responsibility.
Historically, the heads of industrial families, such as Mr. Elkann's grandfather or Reinhard Mohn of Bertelsmann AG publishing group in Germany, never had to confront those issues. Their prominent role in society made them guarantors of a sort of social compact with governments and workers. Investment might be directed to a certain area or a factory spared in order to maintain their social standing.
Some argue that the model has served Europe poorly. "The sooner we get rid of family capitalism the better off we all are," says Umberto Mosetti, a corporate-governance expert at the University of Siena and president of shareholder adviser Deminor.
When markets were regional, says Mr. Mosetti, families could finance their businesses through cash flow and loans from friendly local banks. As markets went global, large companies needed to go to capital markets to fuel expansion. Family-controlled firms were often ill-prepared. Something similar happened at Fiat. When competitors from Asia entered the European market, Fiat was caught flat-footed and lost market share; it has been trying to recover ever since.
Mr. Mosetti says family capitalism often breeds complicated ownership schemes. The Agnelli family maintains control of Fiat through three separate holding companies. Mr. Mosetti argues that these arrangements often lead to poor corporate governance which can make it more difficult to attract outside capital to finance expansion.
In the Agnelli family tradition, Mr. Elkann, after early schooling in Paris, studied engineering in the company's home town of Turin. During the summers, he was rotated through different Fiat business units, and discreetly clocked time on the assembly line, where most factory workers didn't realize that they were laboring alongside the heir. As a young graduate, he spent several years honing his business skills at General Electric Co., where he crossed paths with the legendary chairman, Jack Welch.
When Mr. Elkann rejoined the family business in 2002, at age 26, Fiat was facing its greatest crisis. "I'd say there was a certain sense of responsibility in that I thought I needed to go back to see if I could help out," he says. His grandfather, considered the public face of Fiat at age 81, died several months later. A consortium of banks put together a $3.76 billion convertible loan to keep the company afloat.
Mr. Elkann threw himself into the unpleasant business of selling a portfolio of assets that his family had spent years assembling. "It was tough, very tough," he recalls. Among the properties that the family sold off were stakes in Club Med, legendary French winery Chateau Margaux, and the La Rinascente SpA department-store chain. Fiat sold its financing arm, an insurance company and other noncore assets.
Mr. Elkann says he was too busy to worry whether Fiat would pull through. "I was 26 years old. Under these circumstances you don't really ask yourself that kind of question. You spend little time asking yourself questions," he says. "You just concentrate on doing your best in a difficult situation."
With Fiat on the ropes, the family decided to invest $313 million of its own money in a capital increase. More than three years later, Fiat is in the midst of a convincing turnaround led by independent-minded Chief Executive Sergio Marchionne. Like Mr. Marchionne, CEOs at Fiat traditionally have been nonfamily members, usually reporting to Agnelli-family chairmen. Fiat's current chairman is Luca Cordero di Montezemolo, a longtime Agnelli family loyalist and chairman of Ferrari and Italy's powerful business lobby, Confindustria.
As Mr. Elkann assumes the leadership role within the family, he is aware that the Agnellis no longer hold the unassailable status they once did. He is trying to clean up a match-fixing scandal involving Juventus Football Club SpA, the family's successful soccer team. Prosecutors allege that Juventus executives repeatedly conditioned referees to give the team favorable treatment. Team officials say they are cooperating with authorities.
Mr. Elkann led the appointment of a board and management at the club, as well as ethical guidelines. "The family image is very much linked to Juventus, and so it was very important to address it," he says.
The match-fixing scandal is the latest of several episodes that have brought the clan unwanted attention. Last year, Mr. Elkann's younger brother, Lapo, who had been serving as an executive at Fiat Auto, survived a drug overdose at the apartment of a transvestite, a story that dominated Italian newspaper headlines for days. Mr. Elkann declined to comment on the episode.
Mr. Elkann led the appointment of a new board and management at the club, as well as new ethical guidelines. "The family image is very much linked to Juventus, and so it was very important to address it," he says.
Prosecutors in Turin have opened a probe into possible insider trading regarding a complicated equity swap performed by several Agnelli-controlled companies. The swap allowed IFIL to purchase Fiat shares at a favorable price and thereby maintain the family's 30 percent stake, which had risked being diluted by a capital increase. No charges have been filed. Mr. Elkann says the share purchase "is intended as a clear vote of confidence in the Fiat management and its plans."
These incidents have thrust Mr. Elkann more into public eye. He concedes he is uncomfortable in assuming the high-profile role that his grandfather played for so many years. "I mean, I'm 30 years old," he says. "Respect is earned, not inherited."
Sources: vnexpress.net and canali.libero.it
about the pic of him with the brunette with the pashmina around her neck, that is Benedetta Massola. That pic is on an Italian article about him and I don't know what it says about them as far as what their relationship is. Maybe someone can translate. Here it is: http://canali.libero.it/affaritalian...torno1708.html
The rest of the images are from valianti.it and virgilio.it