Piero Pirelli

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Born27 January 1881
Died7 August 1956
Alma materDegree in legal sciences

Piero Pirelli, born Piero Carlo Pirelli, (27 January 1881 – 7 August 1956), was an Italian entrepreneur and the son of Giovanni Battista Pirelli, the founder of Pirelli.[1]


Born in Milan to Giovanni Battista Pirelli and Maria Sormani. He studied in Genoa and graduated with a degree in Legal science.

In 1904, he traveled to the United States to learn more about Electrical wiring. He returned to Italy to use his knowledge to further improve his father's business.

Piero enlisted in the Italian Army as a Cavalry officer, and participated in World War I. He returned from the Italian front (World War I) in 1918. Upon returning, he went back to the family business, of which he became president in 1932 after the death of his father.

Passionate about sports, he created the "Pirelli Sports Group" in 1918 by ordering the construction of the "Pirelli field" in front of the Bicocca (district of Milan) degli Arcimboldi in Viale Sarca. From 1909 to 1928, he held the position of president of A.C. Milan. While president, he built the San Siro stadium at his own expense in 1926.[2]

In 1948 and on the 50th anniversary of the Italian Football Federation, he was awarded the title of Pioneer of Italian football.[3]

He is buried in the family tomb at the Cimitero Monumentale di Milano.[4]


  1. "Giovanni Battista Pirelli | Italian industrialist". Encyclopedia Britannica. Retrieved 2021-09-18.
  2. "The history of San Siro stadium". AC Milan. Retrieved 2021-09-18.
  3. Bollettino ufficiale della FIGC, comunicato ufficiale n. 45 del 18 febbraio 1949. Con comunicato n. 46, al Palazzo Tursi di Genova il 27 febbraio 1949 furono consegnati i distintivi d'onore alle persone che avevano dato un contributo rilevante allo sviluppo del gioco del calcio in Italia nel periodo 1898-1914 (comprese le persone già decedute): 7 presidenti; 12 del Piemonte; 15 della Lombardia; 5 del Veneto; 6 della Liguria; 2 dell'Emilia, 4 della Toscana; 5 del Lazio; 2 della Campania; 2 delle Puglie; 1 della Sicilia.
  4. Municipality of Milan, App di ricerca defunti Not 2 4get.

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