Born in Treviso in 1941 and died at the age of 77 on October 22, 2018.
Gilberto Benetton was the person who staged the diversification of the Benetton family’s activities in the retail, infrastructure and real estate sectors during the last 20 years, after setting up the Benetton Group in 1965 as a leader in the fashion industry together with his sister Giuliana and brothers Luciano and Carlo.
He was Vice Chairman of Edizione S.r.l., the family holding company, Chairman of Autogrill’s Board of Directors (since 1997) and Edizione Property S.p.A., a Board Member of Mediobanca S.p.A. and Atlantia S.p.A.
As a keen sportsman, Gilberto Benetton promoted the many sporting initiatives of the companies belonging to the Edizione Group, especially in the youth sector, social activities and professional rugby. Through the Benetton Foundation he created La Ghirada, a prominent sports centre in Treviso. Since 1988, he has been the Chairman of Verde Sport S.p.A., the company that manages the sports centre La Ghirada and organizes many activities for the youth and the community. In addition to all this, he also was chairs Asolo Golf Club S.r.l., one of the most prestigious golf clubs in Europe.