Portofino, Italy - Leopoldo Pirelli died yesterday at his home in Portofino, Italy aged 81. Leopoldo was honorary president of Pirelli & C SpA and spent all his working life in the business.
Born in 1925 in Velate Varesino (Varese), Leopoldo graduated in mechanical
engineering from the Politecnico di Milano when he was 25 and immediately entered the
business founded in 1872 by his grandfather Giovanni Battista Pirelli. Leopoldo became
President of Pirelli SpA in 1965, and continued to lead the business until 1996, when he stepped down in favour of the current chair, Marco Tronchetti Provera.
Leopoldo Pirelli leaves his son Alberto and daughter Cecilia.