The co-founder of Italian fashion brand United Colors of Benetton, Gilberto Benetton, has died at the age of 77. Gilberto’s death comes just three months after that of younger brother Carlo in July.
With his brothers Luciano and Carlo and sister Giuliana, Gilberto had founded Benetton in 1965. He is said to be the mastermind behind the diversification of the family business into other sectors such as construction, transport, and catering.
“Gilberto Benetton died at home today in Treviso [north-east Italy] following a brief illness,” the Benetton group said in a brief statement, adding: “His wife, Lalla, daughters Barbara and Sabrina and son-in-law Ermanno were with him in his final moments.”