Even the last company in the Benetton galaxy listed in Italy leaves the Stock Exchange. On Monday 24 July, with the closing of the Dufry takeover bid, Autogrill will abandon Piazza Affari, where it landed 26 years ago after the Ponzano Veneto family had acquired control four years earlier with the privatizations initiated by IRI. Now the company active in catering for travelers is wholly controlled by the group listed in Zurich, of which the Benettons are the first shareholders with just over 22% through Edizione, the family holding company chaired by Alessandro Benetton, which in May 2022 decided to change the name to Schema 43 (Atlantia) because it commemorates the victims of the Morandi bridge.
Not even eight months ago, in December 2022 — a few months after selling Autostrade per l'Italia to Cdp — Atlantia also left Borsa Italiana after the Edizione-Blackstone takeover bid (which controls Aeroporti di Roma), which became Mundys in March 2023. A holding active in transport infrastructure and sustainable mobility, it is 57% controlled by the Benettons, but is not listed on the stock exchange. While the historic Benetton founded in 1955 by the brothers Luciano, Giuliana, Gilberto and Carlo and then became a chain of 3,700 stores, it was delisted in January 2012 after 26 years of listings. For the Benettons, therefore, comes the farewell to the Italian Stock Exchange as industrial or controlling shareholders. The historic Venetian dynasty remains in Piazza Affari with the financial holdings in Mediobanca and Generali. As an industrial stake listed on the Stock Exchange, they also have 9.9% of Cellnex, but we are in Madrid.