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Tom Metcalf & Tommaso Ebhardt: Ferrari scion ends up a billionaire

Piero Ferrari was steered away from motorsport by his father Enzo Ferrari. More than five decades later, the Ferrari legacy is set to make the son a billionaire as the world's most iconic maker of supercars completes an IPO

Tom Metcalf & Tommaso Ebhardt 

Tom Metcalf & Tommaso Ebhardt

was so determined to protect his young son from the dangers of motorsport, that he ordered his workers not to let the boy sit in team cars so he wouldn't ever dream of becoming a racing driver.

More than five decades later, the Ferrari legacy is about to make the son a billionaire as the world's most iconic maker of supercars completes an initial public offering (IPO). The now 70-year-old will have a fortune of $1.3 billion, mainly derived from his 10 per cent stake in the Italian company, according to the



Ferrari and its prancing horse logo transcend the current tumult in the industry, plagued by the emissions-cheating scandal at AG. Famous owners over the years have included and Nine of the 10 most valuable cars ever sold at public auction carry the company's name.

"The market is valuing it as a luxury-goods maker," said David Haigh, founder of brand valuation and strategy consultancy "There are very few companies this successful with that scale and capacity to become truly global luxury brands."

Ferrari plans to offer 17.2 million shares, or nine per cent of the company, for $48 to $52 each, according to a regulatory filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission. That price range values the sports-car producer as high as $9.82 billion despite the emissions scandal that has seen shares in mass-market automakers yo-yo in recent weeks, including parent company

Piero Ferrari's stake is valued at the middle of the range in the Bloomberg analysis. He also received euro 280 million ($320 million) in cash as part of the reorganisation of Ferrari before the listing. He declined to comment on his net worth when contacted via Ferrari's press office.

"It will be interesting to see what happens to the valuation over the longer term," said Sascha Gommel, head of automotive research at Commerzbank AG. "Yes, it is a very strong brand, but I think it might be overestimated a bit. But I guess the market is just too excited."

Fiat Chairman Sergio Marchionne is spinning off Ferrari as part of his strategy to help fund a euro 48-billion investment programme that focuses on expanding the Jeep, Alfa Romeo and Maserati brands globally.

won't be the only billionaire on the shareholder register. Italy's Agnelli clan, which controls Fiat Chrysler, is set to become Ferrari's largest shareholder with a 24 per cent stake through the family's holding company, Exor Spa. Thanks to a loyalty voting programme, Exor will control more than 30 per cent of the voting power and Piero about 15 per cent, according to the prospectus.

Piero inherited his stake from Enzo Ferrari, a racing driver for Alfa Romeo who founded his own racing team, Scuderia Ferrari, in 1929. The marque's first racing car was produced in 1947, with a road car following a year later. In 1950 Ferrari began to race in Formula One, where its 225 Grand Prix wins and 16 world championships make it the most successful team in the series. The most successful driver in the history of the sport, Germany's Michael Schumacher, won the bulk of his races for Ferrari.

That history attracts loyalty among car buyers as well as racing fans. Of the 7,255 Ferraris that rolled off the sports-car maker's Maranello production line in 2014, about 60 per cent were bought by existing owners.

Fiat first acquired a stake in 1969, buying half the company and ratcheting up production of road rather than track cars, although ensured he would continue to supervise the racing team until his death in 1988.

His second and only surviving son, Piero, inherited 10 per cent of Ferrari and became vice-chairman of the group. At the same time Fiat exercised an option to raise its stake to 90 per cent.

Piero told reporters in February that he didn't "have any plans" to sell the stake. Though a regular presence in the pit lane and a fervent advocate of all things Ferrari, he's happy to have followed his father's advice and avoided the driving seat.

"My father was right, I don't think his prohibition ever left me without something important," Ferrari wrote in the book, My Father Enzo. "I wouldn't have had a great career as a race driver. I would never have managed to become a Formula 1 driver."

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Tom Metcalf & Tommaso Ebhardt: Ferrari scion ends up a billionaire

Piero Ferrari was steered away from motorsport by his father Enzo Ferrari. More than five decades later, the Ferrari legacy is set to make the son a billionaire as the world's most iconic maker of supercars completes an IPO

Piero Ferrari will have a fortune of $1.3 bn, mainly derived from his 10% stake in the Italian company, following its IPO was so determined to protect his young son from the dangers of motorsport, that he ordered his workers not to let the boy sit in team cars so he wouldn't ever dream of becoming a racing driver.

More than five decades later, the Ferrari legacy is about to make the son a billionaire as the world's most iconic maker of supercars completes an initial public offering (IPO). The now 70-year-old will have a fortune of $1.3 billion, mainly derived from his 10 per cent stake in the Italian company, according to the

Ferrari and its prancing horse logo transcend the current tumult in the industry, plagued by the emissions-cheating scandal at AG. Famous owners over the years have included and Nine of the 10 most valuable cars ever sold at public auction carry the company's name.

"The market is valuing it as a luxury-goods maker," said David Haigh, founder of brand valuation and strategy consultancy "There are very few companies this successful with that scale and capacity to become truly global luxury brands."

Ferrari plans to offer 17.2 million shares, or nine per cent of the company, for $48 to $52 each, according to a regulatory filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission. That price range values the sports-car producer as high as $9.82 billion despite the emissions scandal that has seen shares in mass-market automakers yo-yo in recent weeks, including parent company

Piero Ferrari's stake is valued at the middle of the range in the Bloomberg analysis. He also received euro 280 million ($320 million) in cash as part of the reorganisation of Ferrari before the listing. He declined to comment on his net worth when contacted via Ferrari's press office.

"It will be interesting to see what happens to the valuation over the longer term," said Sascha Gommel, head of automotive research at Commerzbank AG. "Yes, it is a very strong brand, but I think it might be overestimated a bit. But I guess the market is just too excited."

Fiat Chairman Sergio Marchionne is spinning off Ferrari as part of his strategy to help fund a euro 48-billion investment programme that focuses on expanding the Jeep, Alfa Romeo and Maserati brands globally.

won't be the only billionaire on the shareholder register. Italy's Agnelli clan, which controls Fiat Chrysler, is set to become Ferrari's largest shareholder with a 24 per cent stake through the family's holding company, Exor Spa. Thanks to a loyalty voting programme, Exor will control more than 30 per cent of the voting power and Piero about 15 per cent, according to the prospectus.

Piero inherited his stake from Enzo Ferrari, a racing driver for Alfa Romeo who founded his own racing team, Scuderia Ferrari, in 1929. The marque's first racing car was produced in 1947, with a road car following a year later. In 1950 Ferrari began to race in Formula One, where its 225 Grand Prix wins and 16 world championships make it the most successful team in the series. The most successful driver in the history of the sport, Germany's Michael Schumacher, won the bulk of his races for Ferrari.

That history attracts loyalty among car buyers as well as racing fans. Of the 7,255 Ferraris that rolled off the sports-car maker's Maranello production line in 2014, about 60 per cent were bought by existing owners.

Fiat first acquired a stake in 1969, buying half the company and ratcheting up production of road rather than track cars, although ensured he would continue to supervise the racing team until his death in 1988.

His second and only surviving son, Piero, inherited 10 per cent of Ferrari and became vice-chairman of the group. At the same time Fiat exercised an option to raise its stake to 90 per cent.

Piero told reporters in February that he didn't "have any plans" to sell the stake. Though a regular presence in the pit lane and a fervent advocate of all things Ferrari, he's happy to have followed his father's advice and avoided the driving seat.

"My father was right, I don't think his prohibition ever left me without something important," Ferrari wrote in the book, My Father Enzo. "I wouldn't have had a great career as a race driver. I would never have managed to become a Formula 1 driver."

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Tom Metcalf & Tommaso Ebhardt: Ferrari scion ends up a billionaire

Piero Ferrari was steered away from motorsport by his father Enzo Ferrari. More than five decades later, the Ferrari legacy is set to make the son a billionaire as the world's most iconic maker of supercars completes an IPO

was so determined to protect his young son from the dangers of motorsport, that he ordered his workers not to let the boy sit in team cars so he wouldn't ever dream of becoming a racing driver.

More than five decades later, the Ferrari legacy is about to make the son a billionaire as the world's most iconic maker of supercars completes an initial public offering (IPO). The now 70-year-old will have a fortune of $1.3 billion, mainly derived from his 10 per cent stake in the Italian company, according to the

Ferrari and its prancing horse logo transcend the current tumult in the industry, plagued by the emissions-cheating scandal at AG. Famous owners over the years have included and Nine of the 10 most valuable cars ever sold at public auction carry the company's name.

"The market is valuing it as a luxury-goods maker," said David Haigh, founder of brand valuation and strategy consultancy "There are very few companies this successful with that scale and capacity to become truly global luxury brands."

Ferrari plans to offer 17.2 million shares, or nine per cent of the company, for $48 to $52 each, according to a regulatory filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission. That price range values the sports-car producer as high as $9.82 billion despite the emissions scandal that has seen shares in mass-market automakers yo-yo in recent weeks, including parent company

Piero Ferrari's stake is valued at the middle of the range in the Bloomberg analysis. He also received euro 280 million ($320 million) in cash as part of the reorganisation of Ferrari before the listing. He declined to comment on his net worth when contacted via Ferrari's press office.

"It will be interesting to see what happens to the valuation over the longer term," said Sascha Gommel, head of automotive research at Commerzbank AG. "Yes, it is a very strong brand, but I think it might be overestimated a bit. But I guess the market is just too excited."

Fiat Chairman Sergio Marchionne is spinning off Ferrari as part of his strategy to help fund a euro 48-billion investment programme that focuses on expanding the Jeep, Alfa Romeo and Maserati brands globally.

won't be the only billionaire on the shareholder register. Italy's Agnelli clan, which controls Fiat Chrysler, is set to become Ferrari's largest shareholder with a 24 per cent stake through the family's holding company, Exor Spa. Thanks to a loyalty voting programme, Exor will control more than 30 per cent of the voting power and Piero about 15 per cent, according to the prospectus.

Piero inherited his stake from Enzo Ferrari, a racing driver for Alfa Romeo who founded his own racing team, Scuderia Ferrari, in 1929. The marque's first racing car was produced in 1947, with a road car following a year later. In 1950 Ferrari began to race in Formula One, where its 225 Grand Prix wins and 16 world championships make it the most successful team in the series. The most successful driver in the history of the sport, Germany's Michael Schumacher, won the bulk of his races for Ferrari.

That history attracts loyalty among car buyers as well as racing fans. Of the 7,255 Ferraris that rolled off the sports-car maker's Maranello production line in 2014, about 60 per cent were bought by existing owners.

Fiat first acquired a stake in 1969, buying half the company and ratcheting up production of road rather than track cars, although ensured he would continue to supervise the racing team until his death in 1988.

His second and only surviving son, Piero, inherited 10 per cent of Ferrari and became vice-chairman of the group. At the same time Fiat exercised an option to raise its stake to 90 per cent.

Piero told reporters in February that he didn't "have any plans" to sell the stake. Though a regular presence in the pit lane and a fervent advocate of all things Ferrari, he's happy to have followed his father's advice and avoided the driving seat.

"My father was right, I don't think his prohibition ever left me without something important," Ferrari wrote in the book, My Father Enzo. "I wouldn't have had a great career as a race driver. I would never have managed to become a Formula 1 driver."



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