Italians may be looking for Agnelli fortune in Switzerland

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The origins of his fortune

Geneva, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – A family dispute over the inheritance of Italy’s richest man, Gianni Agnelli, who died in 2003, has opened a crack in the hermetic family’s financial affairs. Margherita, a daughter, claims in a court filing that she was excluded from a part of the inheritance because it is possibly abroad.

In a Canale 5 tv interview 13 August, Attilio Befera, head of the Italian tax collection agency, said that the government was investigating up to 170,000 Italians suspected of evading taxes by keeping money abroad, which could include the alleged Agnelli fortune. He said Swiss authorities were cooperating with Italian requests.

But according to Geneva newspaper Le Temps, the Swiss Federal Department of Justice and Police (FDJP) says it has not received any requests from Italy. The government of Silvio Berlusconi, a billionaire himself, is debating a tax amnesty that would allow Italians to repatriate money they have kept abroad illegally.

Related: Financial Times, Times, UK and Le Temps (Fre), Il Giornale (Ita)