Luca Di Montezemolo

Born in Bologna on 31 August 1947, Luca Di Montezemolo studied law, achieving his degree in 1971. Di Montezemolo had a modest racing career, most notably as a rally driver, earning a call-up by Cesare Fiorio to drive for Lancia with Daniele Audetto. He caught the eye of Enzo Ferrari after appearing on the radio show “Chiamate Roma 3131” and became the sporting director of Ferrari in 1973. Two years later, Ferrari won the Formula One World Championship with Niki Lauda. After leaving Ferrari, Di Montezemolo became head of external relations at FIAT, before going on to accept the position of CEO of Cinzano. He also managed Team Azzurra’s participation in the America’s Cup. In 1986, he was made manager of the organising committee for the Italia ’90 World Cup, after which he briefly worked as executive vice-president of Juventus. In November 1991, he returned to Ferrari as president, a role he held until 2014. Under Di Montezemolo’s stewardship, Ferrari won six Formula One Drivers’ Championships (five with Michael Schumacher and one with Kimi Raikkonen) and eight Constructors’ Championships between 1999 and 2008. He has also served as president of FIAT (2004-10), president of Confindustria (2004-08) and president of Alitalia (2014-17). He helped to set up Nuovo Trasporto Viaggiatori (Italo) and was the head of Rome’s bid to host the 2024 Olympic Games.