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# 38 Gianluigi Aponte 


Real Time Net Worth
as of 7/12/2024
$7.5M (0.02%)

# 38 Gianluigi Aponte 


Real Time Net Worth
as of 7/12/2024
$7.5M (0.02%)
OccupationFounder, MSC
Source of WealthShipping
ResidenceGeneva, Switzerland
Marital StatusMarried
Age-Adjusted Net Worth$7.27B
Gianluigi Aponte
Gianluigi Aponte
Net worth: $36.9B

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Wealth History

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Gianluigi Aponte was born on June 27, 1940, in Sant'Agnello, Italy.
He began his career in the shipping industry in 1970, co-founding the Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) with his spouse, Rafaela Aponte-Diamant.
The couple purchased their first ship in 1970, using a $200,000 loan to start their shipping business.
MSC has grown to become the world's largest shipping line, with Gianluigi and Rafaela each holding a 50% stake in the company.
In 1988, Gianluigi expanded MSC's operations into the cruise industry.
As of 2014, he transitioned to the role of executive chairman within MSC, with his son Diego Aponte serving as the company's president.
MSC operates in various sectors, including shipping, holiday cruises (MSC Cruises), inland logistics (Medlog), and port operations (Terminal Investment Limited).

Career Highlights

Gianluigi Aponte, a Neapolitan captain, started in the shipping industry with a single vessel transporting cargo between Europe and Africa.
He successfully expanded MSC into the cruise industry in 1988.
By 2014, Gianluigi retired from the positions of CEO and president, assuming the role of executive chairman within MSC, while his son Diego took over as president.
MSC, under Gianluigi's leadership, became the world's largest shipping line and diversified into various related sectors.

Honours and Awards

In 2009, Gianluigi Aponte received the 'Neapolitan Excellence in the World' prize at the Teatro di San Carlo of Naples.
In 2012, he was honored with the Cruise International Lifetime Achievement Award for his long-term contributions to the cruise industry.
October 2013 brought him Containerisation International’s Lifetime Achievement Award and a knighthood, the Order of Merit for Labour, from Italian President Giorgio Napolitano.
The Aponte family has been consistently recognized in the Lloyd's List Top 100 most influential people in the shipping industry.

Personal Life

Gianluigi Aponte is married to Rafaela Aponte-Diamant, a Swiss woman of Israeli origin, whom he met during a trip to the Italian island of Capri in the 1960s when he was a ship captain.
The couple has two children, Diego Aponte and Alexa Aponte Vago, who respectively serve as CEO and CFO of MSC.

How long would it take you to become as rich as Gianluigi Aponte?

If you started with $10,000 and invested an additional $500 each month at a 44.15% CAGR, it would take you 5 years to reach Gianluigi Aponte's net worth of $36.9B.

Is this realistic? It depends how closely the VIX-TA-Macro Advanced model performs to its history in the future. Since Grizzly Bulls launched on January 1, 2022, it's returned 51.86% compared to 19.03% for the S&P 500 benchmark.

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Gianluigi Aponte is very wealthy, but what's stopping you from reaching that same level of success? As summarized in our five fundamental rules to wealth building, becoming wealthy in a modern capitalist economy is not complicated. There's actually only three variables:

  1. Your starting capital
  2. Your earnings after expenses
  3. The compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of your savings

Most people start with zero or very little, so if you weren't born into wealth, don't fret! The majority of the fortunate folks listed in our Grizzly Bulls’ Billionaires Index came from middle class or lower backgrounds. The most distinguishing characteristic of the group is their ability to consistently earn a high CAGR on their savings.

Every billionaire has a unique strategy to achieve high CAGR. For Gianluigi Aponte, Shipping is the primary source. Whether you choose to invest your savings in your own businesses or the businesses of others is not as important. The salient piece of the puzzle is ensuring that your hard-earned savings are generating sufficient CAGR to reach your long term goals.

Most people simply invest their money in index funds and call it a day. There's nothing wrong with this approach, but it guarantees relative mediocrity. To achieve greatness, you need to invest your money to earn higher than average returns. In the long run, better investors will always finish ahead of better earners.

Source: Grizzly Bulls reporting

Methodology: Grizzly Bulls' Billionaires Index is a daily ranking of the world's billionaires and richest people. Grizzly Bulls strives to provide the most accurate net worth calculations available. We pull data from public equity markets, SEC filings, public real estate records, and other reputable sources.

The index is dynamic and updates daily at the close of U.S. stock market trading based on changes in the markets, economy, and updates to Grizzly Bulls' proprietary algorithm of personal wealth calculation. Stakes in public companies are tracked daily based on the relevant closing prices of the underlying securities. Additionally, stakes in private companies, cash, real estate, and other less easily valued assets are updated periodically through careful analysis of insider transactions, comparable public company sales / EBITDA multiples, etc.

Edited by: Lee Bailey