Richest BusinessDesigners
Net Worth:
$50 Million
May 26, 1905 - Jan 19, 1990 (84 years old)
Florence, Tuscany, Italy
Businessman and fashion designer
Italian, American
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What was Aldo Gucci's net worth?

Aldo Gucci was an Italian American businessman who had a net worth of $50 million at the time of his death in 1990. That's the same as $100 million in today's dollars after adjusting for inflation. Aldo Gucci was best known for being the chairman of Gucci and the son of company founder Guccio Gucci.

Aldo Gucci was born in Florence, Tuscany, Italy in May 1905 and passed away in January 1990. He was the eldest son of Guccio Gucci who founded Gucci in 1921. Aldo Gucci began working at Gucci full time at 20 years old. In 1938 he opened the brand's first shop outside of Rome. In 1953 he took over the company after his father passed away. Technically at that point Aldo and his two brothers inherited three equal parts of the company. After Aldo's brother Vasco died in 1974, Aldo and Rodolfo split the company 50/50. At the same time, Aldo set up a new company to handle Gucci perfume and gave himself 80% ownership. This side company would later launch a family war.

His bamboo handbag was featured in the 1954 film "Viaggio in Italia," as worn on Ingrid Bergman's arm. Aldo opened a Gucci shop in New York in 1953, planting the Made in Italy flag in America for the first time. He was regarded as the first Italian Ambassador to fashion by President John F. Kennedy. Aldo Gucci subsequently opened shops in Chicago, Palm Beach, Beverly Hills, Tokyo, and Hong Kong among others. Aldo Gucci passed away on January 19, 1990 at 84 years old. During his life he maintained homes in New York City, Palm Beach, Beverly Hills, London, Paris and Rome.

Upon his death, Aldo's will left half of his estate to his wife Bruna and the other half to their daughter Patricia. The will was challenged by Gucci's previous wife Olwen who was the mother of three of his children. A major wrinkle developed because there was no legal record of Bruna and Aldo getting married. Olwen charged that the will was "procured by fraud" and not valid because they weren't legally married.

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Tax Issues and Legacy

In the early 1980s, Aldo found himself in serious trouble with American tax collectors. He allegedly evaded $7 million in US taxes. He was 81 years old at the time. The I.R.S. got wind of the tax evasion charges thanks to Aldo's nephew who was still fuming from the perfume debacle and other family beefs. He was sentenced to a year in prison. Aldo served his sentence at a Federal Prison Camp at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida.

For his defense, Aldo hired a young lawyer Italian-American lawyer named Domenico De Sole. Aldo was so impressed by Domenico's work that he hired him to run Gucci America, Inc. Domenico discovered a young American designer named Tom Ford who would go on to become one of the most important figures in the fashion world. Domenico also clashed with Aldo's nephew Maurizio Gucci who ran the parent company back in Italy. Maurizio had taken over the family umbrella company back in Italy when Aldo entered prison and after his father Rodolfo died.

In the late 1980s a Bahranian investment company called Investcorp acquired 50% of Gucci. In 1994 Investcorp acquired the other 50%. In total Investcorp paid $400 million for its 100% stake. At this point Investcorp pushed Maurizio out and hired Domenico to run the whole company. Domenico's first move was to make Tom Ford the company's head designer. In 1993 the company lost $22 million. In 1995 the company generated $83 million in profit off $500 million in revenue. Today Gucci generates over $10 billion in annual revenue.

In 1995 Investcorp divested itself of Gucci through an IPO and a private sale. In total they wound up making $2 billion on that $400 million investment.

Early Life and Career Beginnings

Aldo Gucci grew up in a family that was passionate about leather and craftsmanship. As a young man, he worked in his father's leather goods store in Florence, where he learned the ins and outs of the business. After completing his studies in Switzerland, Aldo returned to Italy and began working for the Gucci company full-time.

Aldo quickly rose through the ranks and became the driving force behind many of Gucci's most successful products. He was particularly interested in developing new leather products, and he was responsible for creating some of the brand's most iconic items, such as the Gucci loafer and the bamboo-handled bag.

The Rise of Gucci

Under Aldo's leadership, the Gucci brand grew rapidly, both in Italy and around the world. He was instrumental in opening new stores in major cities such as Rome, Paris, and New York, and he worked tirelessly to promote the brand and expand its product offerings.

One of Aldo's biggest accomplishments was the establishment of the Gucci Foundation, which was dedicated to supporting the arts and culture in Italy. He was also a passionate advocate for environmental protection and was involved in several initiatives to reduce the environmental impact of the fashion industry.

Despite his many successes, Aldo Gucci was not immune to controversy and legal issues. In the 1970s, he was embroiled in a bitter family dispute that ultimately led to his ousting from the company. He was accused of mismanaging the business and was forced to sell his shares in the company to his brothers.

In addition to these family issues, Aldo was also involved in several legal disputes related to the Gucci brand. He was sued by several competitors who accused him of copyright infringement and other violations, and he was also involved in a high-profile tax evasion case.

Personal Life and Legacy

Outside of his work in the fashion industry, Aldo Gucci was a devoted husband and father. He was married to Olwen Price from 1933 until her death in 1989, and the couple had four children together.

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