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Life is a spectacle: the remarkable rise of the Ray-Ban ...


Life is a spectacle: the remarkable rise of the Ray-Ban billionaire

The Italian entrepreneur, who died this week, went from orphan to owner of the world’s biggest maker of eyewear

Tommaso Ebhardt

Leonardo Del Vecchio, the Italian entrepreneur who started with a tiny optics workshop in the Dolomite mountains and ended up as the undisputed world leader in eyewear, has died. He was 87.

His death was reported by Italian daily Corriere della Sera on Monday.

Raised in a Milan orphanage, Del Vecchio struck out from the northern city to set up shop in the town of Agordo, in the Alps north of Venice, starting off as a small supplier of frame parts to local eyeglass makers. ..

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