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Consummate networker who brings a passion for pace

October 10, 2008

by Guy Dinmore, October 10 2008

As chairman of Ferrari and its parent Fiat, Luca Cordero di Montezemolo takes his passion for pace and Italian flair into high-speed trains as chairman of NTV.

Once named by a Japanese magazine as the world’s most elegant man and who recently advised FT readers against wearing short sleeves or socks, the 61-year-old member of the Italian jet-set is a consummate networker who thrives on publicity.

Until this spring, he was also head of Confindustria, the influential employers’ lobby that jealously preserves its status as counterweight to the trade unions. He criticised Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi in the 2006 elections, but shed no tears over the defeat of the dysfunctional left-wing coalition this year.

He also champions Italian brands and ownership and opposed the takeover of Alitalia by foreign airlines.

Together with long-time business partner Diego Della Valle (owner of Tod’s fashion brand) and Gianni Punzo, a Naples magnate, the three own a joint 38.4 per cent of NTV.

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