TURIN – John Elkann, heir to the Fiat SpA empire, once worked incognito in Birmingham U.K. For six months, the young New York-born Italian assembled starter motors and alternators for Magnetti Marelli SpA. The plant foreman, who gave up his spare bedroom to Elkann, was told only that his border was an Italian student. John Elkann, heir to Fiat fortune. Called Yaki by family and friends, Elkann, 28, is the grandson of Umberto Agnelli, whose sudden death from cancer in late May ...

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