Postcard from... Milan
It’s tempting to wonder whether the movers and shakers behind America’s Automotive Hall of Fame deliberately over-looked the somewhat fruity personal life of new inductee Lapo Elkann, or simply didn’t know about it.
Mr Elkann, a member of the mighty Agnelli dynasty that built up the Fiat car empire, has just received the Hall of Fame’s “Young Leadership & Excellence Award” for his contribution to the rejuvenation of the car firm’s image. Before Mr Elkann, the only Italian to be recognised by the institution was Fiat’s legendary patriarch Gianni Agnelli – Elkann’s grandfather – who led the family’s automotive empire from 1966 to 1996. In PR terms, Mr Elkann probably deserves another award for the way he’s repaired his own image.
As a member of the family known as “Italy’s Kennedys”, the gilded young executive appeared to have it all – wealth, good looks and a reputation as one of Italy’s most eligible bachelors. But rather like the Kennedys, disaster was close at hand. In October 2005, aged 28, he was rushed to hospital and almost died after overdosing on cocaine while partying near Turin with a 54-year-old transsexual hooker called Patrizia.
His misadventure made the front page of every Italian newspaper – including the one owned by his family. When he recovered, he fled to the States, where he presumably didn’t make all the front pages – and where his rehabilitation began.
If grandfather Gianni was spinning in his grave in 2005, he can rest a bit easier now.
- 4 Women think Irish men are the sexiest, survey finds
- 5 Florida couple forced to register as sex offenders for having sex on public beach
Italian police 'reveal' what Jesus looked like as a young boy
Who should I vote for in the general election? Take The Independent's interactive quiz to find out which party is the right choice for you
Florida couple forced to register as sex offenders for having sex on public beach
Mysterious 'X-Files' sounds heard miles above the Earth
US gameshow gives woman in wheelchair incredibly awkward prize
In defence of liberal democracy
General Election 2015: Post-election 'shambles' looms as 70 per cent of voters say SNP 'should not be able to veto UK government policies'
The Rothschild Libel: Why has it taken 200 years for an anti-Semitic slur that emerged from the Battle of Waterloo to be dismissed?
General Election 2015: UK will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power, Labour warns
General election live: SNP suspends two members for disrupting Labour rally
Schools forced to act as 'miniature welfare states' with teachers buying underwear and even haircuts for poor pupils
£35000 - £40000 per annum + car and benefits: Ashdown Group: Marketing Manager...
£18000 - £20000 per annum: Ashdown Group: Helpdesk Analyst - Devon - £20,000 ...
£35000 - £50000 per annum + generous bonus: Ashdown Group: Business Analytics ...
£45000 - £50000 per annum: Ashdown Group: IT Project Coordinator (Software Dev...