|Died||27 March 1995 (aged 46)|
|Cause of death||Murder by gunshot|
|Known for||Member of Gucci family|
(m. 1972; div. 1994)
|Partner(s)||Paola Franchi (1990–1995)|
|Relatives||Guccio Gucci (grandfather)|
Aldo Gucci (uncle)
Paolo Gucci (cousin)
Patricia Gucci (cousin)
Maurizio Gucci (26 September 1948 – 27 March 1995) was an Italian businessman and the one-time head of the Gucci fashion house. He was the son of actor Rodolfo Gucci, and grandson of the company's founder Guccio Gucci. On 27 March 1995, he was shot dead at age 46 by a hitman hired by his ex-wife Patrizia Reggiani.
Maurizio Gucci was born on 26 September 1948 in Florence as the only child of Rodolfo Gucci and Sandra Ravel. In 1972, Gucci moved to New York City to work for Gucci with his uncle Aldo Gucci. In the early 1980s, he lived in a luxury penthouse in the Olympic Tower, gifted to him by his father. In 1982, he moved back to Milan, and in 1983, he launched a legal war against Aldo for control over Gucci after becoming Gucci's majority shareholder following his father's death.
In 1986, Gucci fled to Switzerland to avoid prosection after Aldo, seeking revenge, had accused him of forging his father's signature to avoid paying inheritance taxes. He was originally found guilty, but was later acquitted. In 1988, Maurizio Gucci sold 47.8% of Gucci to the Bahrain-based investment fund Investcorp (owner of Tiffany since 1984).
Maurizio Gucci was made chairman of the Gucci group in 1989. From 1991 to 1993, Gucci's finances were in the red. Maurizio Gucci was blamed for spending extravagant amounts of money on the company's headquarters in Florence and Milan. He went on to sell his remaining stock in Gucci in 1993 for $170 million to Investcorp, ending the Gucci family's association with the company.
In 1972, Gucci married Patrizia Reggiani, with whom he had two daughters, Allegra and Alessandra. Maurizio's father Rodolfo Gucci originally did not approve of their marriage, calling Patrizia "a social climber who has nothing in mind but money." In 1985, he told his wife Patrizia he was going on a short business trip to Florence. The following day, he sent a friend to tell his wife he would not be returning and that the marriage was over.
In 1990, Gucci began dating Paola Franchi, a childhood friend who had attended his wedding to Patrizia. Both reeling from unhappy marriages, Franchi became Gucci's live-in partner for five years, sharing a luxury apartment in Corso Venezia, Milan. When Gucci's divorce from Reggiani was finalized in 1994, he began plans to marry Franchi on his Saint Moritz estate in Switzerland.
On 27 March 1995, Gucci was gunned down by a hired hitman on the steps outside his office as he arrived at work. His ex-wife Patrizia Reggiani was convicted in 1998 of arranging the killing. According to prosecutors, Reggiani's motives were a mixture of jealousy, money, and resentment towards her ex-husband. They argued she wanted control over the Gucci estate and wanted to prevent her ex-husband from marrying his new partner, Paola Franchi. The impending marriage would have cut her alimony in half. She served 18 years in prison and was released in October 2016.
In April 2021, Vanity Teen magazine announced the launch of a Ridley Scott film based on the story. The film, House of Gucci, features Lady Gaga as Patrizia Reggiani and Adam Driver as Maurizio Gucci. House of Gucci is scheduled to be released in the United States on November 24, 2021, by United Artists Releasing.
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