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John Elkann

Italian businessman
John Elkann

John Elkann (born April 1, 1976) is a global industrialist. He was the chosen heir of his grandfather Gianni Agnelli, and controls the family's automaker Fiat, which also owns the Alfa Romeo, Lancia, Maserati, and Ferrari marques, and in 2009 formed a global alliance with Chrysler, which also owns Jeep, Dodge, Ram and Mopar brands.


  • Many things are linked to being able to live with uncertainty, ...with paradoxes. But this can be a strength of an organisation and a situation.
  • I was born in New York, then I went to the UK, then I went to Brazil, then I went to France, then I studied in Italy. My life was always about being confronted with an environment where you had to adapt.
  • (talking about his children) I'm interested in avoiding two types of behaviour: one is the sense of guilt and the other is a sense of entitlement. If these two are avoided, then the rest is up to them.
  • As an entrepreneur you have responsibilities in trying to operate well in what you have to do. There is a positive effect if you end up doing that. That’s where I try to spend most of my efforts.
  • The lesson I have learnt is that when a family and a business function, they function together. You have to have a family that works and a business that works and the two will end up working well alongside.
  • I learnt not to be desperate in bad times, and I am learning not to be bullish when times are good.
  • Artists have a sensibility that others don't have. They have a way of reading into the future.
  • I am a big believer of what Darwin discovered in the Galapagos, proving that the species most responsive to change will survive over apparently stronger or more intelligent competitors.


  • He is extremely intelligent and has a great sense of responsibility. I've seen, in the past few years, he has managed several crises with extreme dignity and wisdom.

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