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Pietro Marzotto Dead at 80

MILAN – Pietro Marzotto, the former chairman and chief executive officer of the Marzotto textile group,  died on Thursday in Portogruaro, Italy, of heart failure. He was 80. A funeral service will be held next week in Valdagno, where the storied company is based. Marzotto is survived by his third wife, Anna, and four children: Umberto, Marina, Italia and Pier Leone. Marzotto spearheaded the expansion of the family-owned textile group in the Eighties and Nineties and engineered the acquisition of men’s wear giant Hugo Boss in 1991. The entrepreneur exited the company in 2003 after clashing with some members of the Marzotto family over future strategies. In 2012, he turned his sights on gastronomy. With a majority stake in Milan’s historical gourmet store Peck, Marzotto renovated the brand’s restaurant, with plans for franchises around the world, from South Korea, China and the Philippines to the U.S. and Brazil. “He was my mentor, a point of reference for me and he was very close to my father. With him, I lived all the main stages of the company,” said his nephew Matteo Marzotto, the former chairman of Valentino, which was also part of the fashion group created by the Marzottos and Permira until it was sold

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