Edoardo Agnelli

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<!-- Deleted image removed: -->Edoardo Agnelli (9 June 1954 – 15 November 2000) was the eldest son of Gianni Agnelli the industrialist patriarch of Fiat, and Marella Caracciolo. After a troubled life, notable for his search for spiritual values, he committed suicide in 2000.

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Agnelli was born in New York, and his mother was an Italian-American. After studying at Atlantic College, he read modern literature and oriental philosophy at Princeton University, where he was given the nickname Crazy Eddie for his wild behaviour.

After leaving Princeton he travelled in India, pursuing his interest in oriental religion and mysticism, and Iran, where he met Ayatollah Khamenei and was reported to have converted to Islam. According to La Repubblica Agnelli's preoccupations became increasingly erratic, "Mysticism, Franciscanism, drugs, Buddhism, lectures against Capital, praise of the poor, criticism of the behaviour of Fiat."

As an adult Agnelli claimed to be the heir apparent to the Fiat empire, but his father, who had already been unhappy with Edoardo's timidity when he was a child, ensured that he would not inherit it. The only official position which the...
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