Nutella Maker’s Widow is Now the World’s Richest Italian


Maria Franca Fissola, the widow of Italy’s chocolate magnate Michele Ferrero, was named the richest Italian on the planet on Monday. In its annual billionaires list, Forbes estimated her wealth at $22 billion, making the 98-year-old, from Cuneo in Piedmont, not just Italy’s richest person but the 30th richest person in the world.

Her late husband, the son of a small-time pastry maker, started from humble beginnings and made his fortune using ground hazelnut to make Nutella in a bid to save money on chocolate amid rationing during the Second World War.

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