DONATELLA VERSACE

Head creative director, Versace Who is she?

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Last Updated: 09 Oct 2013

Head creative director, Versace

Who is she?

The flamboyant sister of the late designer Gianni, Donatella owns 20% of fashion house Versace and is worth $500 million.

How did she make her millions?

After modelling part-time for Gianni, she worked on his PR and Versace's designs from 1979. By the '90s, she was in charge of the Versus label. The Wall Street Journal put her among Europe's top five most influential businesswomen.

What's the secret of her success?

Donatella adapted Versace's flamboyant style for a restrained era, though many question her ability to maintain its fortunes. Fashion editors say she's highly energetic and focused, others that her success has something to do with being Gianni's sister.

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