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Goodbye to Carlo Riva

Nautical pioneer and designer Carlo Riva, who contributed to the development and expansion of his family’s Riva company, has died in Sarnico, Italy, aged 95. Riva yachts, with their sleek designs and trademark mahogany finishings, are symbols of Italian style...

by Redazione
April 11th, 2017
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Nautical pioneer and designer Carlo Riva, who contributed to the development and expansion of his family’s Riva company, has died in Sarnico, Italy, aged 95. Riva yachts, with their sleek designs and trademark mahogany finishings, are symbols of Italian style and sophistication, associated with “La Dolce Vita,” and favored by the likes of Brigitte Bardot, Anita Ekberg, Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, Sophia Loren and Sean Connery, to name just a handful.

In 1969, Carlo Riva sold the company to Whittaker, remaining president and general director until 1971. The company was sold in 1988 to Vickers, which at the time also owned Rolls-Royce, and in 2000 it was acquired by Ferretti Group. Tacoli said Carlo Riva, who in the meantime had also founded his own Carlo Riva company and was friends with cofounder Norberto Ferretti, played “a very important role” in the relaunch of the brand.

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