Roberto Cavalli Wife, Net Worth, Girlfriend, Cause of Death, Illness, Children, Wikipedia

Roberto Cavalli Biography – Roberto Cavalli Wiki

Roberto Cavalli was an Italian fashion designer. He was known for his animal-print designs on leather and textiles. He founded his label in the early 1970s.

Cavalli was born in 1940 in a small village in Tuscany. It was while studying at the Academy of Art in Florence in 1957 that he began experimenting with textiles. He launched his eponymous label in 1970 and made a name for himself when he patented a new way of printing on leather. He showcased his revolutionary technique for the first time in his debut collection in Paris, which featured a pink leather evening gown. Cavalli immediately earned commissions from French houses including Hermès and Pierre Cardin.

He later turned his skills to denim. His autumn/winter ’94 collection showed the first ever pair of sand-blasted jeans and the following year he worked with Lycra to invent stretch jeans. The form-fitting jeans were an instant success, leading him to launch a dedicated line, Cavalli Jeans, later renamed Just Cavalli.

Cavalli began to expand his fashion empire comprising branded underwear, eyewear, footwear, watches and perfume. Homeware, pet attire, vodka, wines, restaurants and members’ clubs followed.

Despite its popularity, in 2014 the business began to post annual losses. A year later the family sold a 90% stake to the Italian private equity firm Clessidra, reportedly valuing the business at €390m. The company filed for bankruptcy protection in March 2019 and later that year it was bought by the Dubai-based Vision Investment Company.

Roberto Cavalli Age

Roberto Cavalli was born on November 15, 1940, in Florence, Italy. He died on 12 April 2024. He was 83.

Roberto Cavalli Wife

Roberto Cavalli married his first wife, Silvanella Giannoni, in 1964 and had two children. They divorced in 1974. In 1980 Roberto married his second wife Eva Duringer, a former Miss Universe contestant he met while judging the pageant in 1977. The couple had three children and Eva became his business partner. The couple worked together until they sold the business. They divorced in 2010.

Roberto Cavalli Children

Roberto Cavalli had six children, Tommaso, Cristina, Robert, Rachele, Daniele and Giorgio. He had two children Tommaso and Cristina with his first wife, Silvanella Giannoni, and three children, Robert, Rachele and Daniele with his second wife Eva Duringer. In 2023 Roberto announced the birth of his sixth child, son Giorgio, with his partner, the Swedish model and actor Sandra Nilsson.

Roberto Cavalli Family

Roberto Cavalli was born to Giorgio and Marcella (Rossi) Cavalli. His grandfather, Giuseppe Rossi, was a celebrated artist and member of the Macchiaioli movement. Cavalli later moved with his mother, a seamstress, and siblings to Florence after the murder of his father by German soldiers. His father was a surveyor for a mining company.

He is survived by his six children and his partner Sandra Bergman Nilsson.


Italian fashion designer Roberto Cavalli died on 12 April 2024 at the age of 83. His company announced the death on Instagram: “It is with great sadness that today we say our final goodbyes to our founder Roberto Cavalli.

“From humble beginnings in Florence Roberto succeeded in becoming a globally recognised name loved and respected by all. Naturally talented and creative, Roberto believed that everyone can discover and nurture the artist within themselves. Roberto Cavalli’s legacy will live on via his creativity, his love of nature and via his family who he cherished.”

“The Roberto Cavalli company shares condolences with Mr. Cavalli’s family, his legacy remains a constant source of inspiration,” Sergio Azzolari, chief executive of Roberto Cavalli, said in a post on Instagram.

Designer Giorgio Armani paid tribute to his fellow Italian fashion designer and described him as a “true artist”. In a post shared by the Armani account on X, he said: “I cannot imagine a vision of fashion more distant from mine than that of Roberto Cavalli, yet I have always had enormous respect for him: Roberto was a true artist, wild and wonderful in his use of prints, capable of transforming fantasy into seductive clothes.

“I have learnt with great sadness of his passing: his Tuscan verve will be greatly missed.”

Victoria Beckham shared a tribute on her Instagram stories, posting a photo of herself holding hands with Cavalli while he had his hand raised and made the peace sign. “So sorry to hear the sad news of Roberto’s passing. He’ll forever be an icon.”

Brazilian model Adriana Lima said alongside a picture of her and Cavalli on X: ‘Unapologetic in style & spirit. We lost a legend today. Rest in Peace, @Roberto-Cavalli’.

Roberto Cavalli Cause of Death

A cause of death was not provived. Italian news agency ANSA reported that he died at home in Florence after a long illness.

Roberto Cavalli Net Worth

Roberto Cavalli had an estimated net worth of $500 million. He earned his fortune from his eponymous label. According to The Guardian, he owned a 13-hectare (32-acre) Tuscan estate featuring a vineyard, tanning machine, racehorses, Ferraris and a menagerie of animals including parrots, iguanas, a Persian cat, a monkey and tiger. His estate also included a personal helicopter and a superyacht called Freedom.


Roberto Cavalli’s Instagram handle is roberto_cavalli.