Donatella Versace is a fashion designer and the current chief designer of the popular fashion label Versace. She is also the sister of the Versace founder Gianni Versace. After his death, she took over the leadership of the company and extended its reach to continents outside Europe.
Donatella Versace was born as Donatella Francesca Versace on 2nd May 1955 in Italy. Her parents are Antonio Versace and Francesca Versace. Her father worked as a personal financial advisor, and her mother worked as a dressmaker. She is the youngest of the four Versace children.
Though no information is available about Donatella’s school, it is well known that she went to the University of Florence to pursue a degree in languages. She aspired to become a school teacher.
While she was studying in college, her brother Gianni was setting up his fashion shop in Milan. He asked her for help to establish his fashion house, and she complied.
She worked closely with her brother and helped him in establishing his fashion empire. After his death, she became the vice president of the company and continued to work there as the chief fashion designer.
She married Paul Beck in 1983. Paul Beck is an American model. They together have two children, a daughter and a son. The couple divorced in 2000 after 17 years of marriage.
Later on, she married Manuel Dallori in 2004, but the marriage didn’t even last a year, and the couple divorced in 2005.
Donatella Versace was a fashion designer like her brother and assisted him in his work. She was his major critic and helped him improve and achieve perfection in his designs. She continued working for his company even after his death.
She launched her own fashion designs through various shows held in France and Italy.
Donatella also took over the public relations department of the company and extended its reach to countries like the USA and UK.
Apart from fashion designing, Donatella has also forayed in the real estate business. She has invested in resorts and luxury hotels in Dubai through her company.
Donatella is also known to have acted in Hollywood movies that were related to fashion. One of the notable movies that she has done is Zoolander. She even has a song named after her by Lady Gaga.
Awards & Achievements
Donatella Versace has been instrumental in spreading the reach of her brother’s fashion label far and wide. She has been widely recognized for her efforts in redefining the fashion industry. She has also won various awards and accolades for her work.
She received the Fashion group international award in 2008.
Donatella was honored with the Glamour woman of the year title in 2010 by the women’s magazine Glamour. It is given to women in various fields like entertainment and sports to honor their achievements in their respective fields.
Donatella has also twice received the Fashion Designer award given by Glamour magazine in 2012 and 2016.
Net Worth & Salary of Donatella Versace
Donatella Versace, who is also a stakeholder of the Versace Company, has a whopping net worth of $1 billion.
The Versace Company’s stakes are divided between Donatella Versace, her daughter Allegra Versace and brother Santo Versace.
The company was recently valued at $1.7 billion. Donatella has earned her net worth through her share of the stakes, which is 20%, and also through her salary as the Vice President of the company.
Donatella Versace is a highly talented designer who set aside her grief and worked hard to help her brother’s company reach new heights of excellence and commercial success. Driven by passion, Donatella holds a position of power and influence in the world of fashion.