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Maria Franca Fissolo: The World’s Oldest Billionaire (photo)

Maria Franca Ferrero, the widow (L) and his son Giovanni Ferrero arrive for the funeral of Michele Ferrero on February 18, 2015 in Alba, northern Italy. Billionaire Michele Ferrero, who became Italy’s richest man with a confectionary empire built on his popular Nutella spread, has died at the age of 89. Ferrero had been battling illness for several months. He died in Monte Carlo on February 15, 2015. 

It is on record that David Rockefeller, 101, was the oldest billionaire in the world. His death on Monday 20th March 2017 paves way for Maria Franca Fissolo, the Italian widow of the man who built the company known for Nutella, as the world’s oldest billionaire at age 99.

Rockefeller’s passing came just as Forbes released its annual list of the world’s billionaires. Forbes ranked Fissolo, who has a net worth of $26.2 billion, as the 29th richest person in the world and the world’s fourth richest woman.

Fissolo is the widow of Michele Ferrero, whose Italian company Ferrero Group created Nutella, Kinder Chocolate, Tic-Tacs and Ferrero Rocher. Ferrero passed away in 2015. The couple married in 1962. And the company hasn’t left the family. Their sons, Giovanni and Pietro Ferrero, took over Ferrero Group as co-CEO in 1987. Pietro passed away in 2011. Giovanni still runs the company today.



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