Gianni Agnelli, the honorary chairman of Fiat SpA, died earlier today after an extended battle with prostate cancer. Gianni Agnelli Agnelli, 81, became Fiat’s chairman in 1966 and held the post for 30 years before turning day-to-day operations over to a professional management team. Agnelli was instrumental in Fiat’s decision to grow its auto empire. He orchestrated the acquisition of the Lancia, Maserati, Alfa Romeo and Ferrari brands. Agnelli’s passing is the latest blow ...

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