Gianluigi & Rafaela Aponte Net Worth: Gianluigi & Rafaela Aponte are Swiss spouses and entrepreneurs who have a net worth of $6.6 billion. Of Italian ancestry, Gianluigi Aponte was a ferry ship captain when he first met his wife Rafaela in the late 1960s. The couple soon married and Rafaela has remained by her husband's side while building up their abundant fortune. It was in 1970 that he decided to set up his own venture in the shipping industry with the establishment of Mediterranean Shipping Company S.A., where he still serves as Chairman. Today, the company is the second-largest container shipping line in the world with 445 vessels, right behind global leader Maersk which has a fleet of 470 ships. By 1998, Gianluigi also entered the cruise industry. Now the company's cruise ship arm, MSC Cruises, is known for boasting authentic Italian cuisine. Gianluigi's most recent business move is a 2013 sale of a 35% stake in the global port operator Terminal Invest for $1.9 billion.
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