Sandro Salsano

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Sandro Salsano
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Sandro Salsano at the World Economic Forum in Davos in 2016
Born (1979-09-25) September 25, 1979 (age 38)
Lecco, Italy
Nationality Italian
Occupation Businessman
Net worth Increase US$1.1 billion (January 2018)[1][2]
Spouse(s) Johanna Salsano

Sandro Salsano (born September 25, 1979 in Lecco, Italy) is an Italian billionaire businessman and philanthropist. He is the President and Chairman of Salsano Group and Chairman of Salsano Family Office.[3][4] The group has investments in global real estate, luxury, private equity, venture capital, financials and technology. He is the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Salsano Shahani Foundation.[5][6][7] He sits on the boards of a number of companies. He was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.[8]

Early life[edit]

Born in Lecco, Italy, he grew up in Southern Italy (Campania) where he was a professional basketball player until he moved to Milan to study at Bocconi University. His mother was a teacher and his father was employed with the state railways.[9]


Salsano graduated from Bocconi University with full honors with an MBA program from the University of San Diego, California. He also studied at Harvard Business School, INCAE Business School and at Princeton University.[10]

Early business ventures[edit]

His first job was at Scottish Widows Investment Partnership in London. He later became a shareholder and partner in an investment bank, and he sold his shares after Goldman Sachs acquired a stake. He co-founded what became one of the largest factoring companies for exporters to Central/Latin America and the Caribbean. He was a shareholder in a UK FCA regulated hedge fund, and he started investing in distressed real estate and technology from a very early age.[6]


Salsano Group of Companies[11] is a venture capital and private equity conglomerate that comprises over 100 companies with equity stakes in sectors like transmedia, social media, smartphone breathalyzer, family locator, data platform, e-commerce, social betting, microRNA detection, luxury mobiles,[12] global consumer, blockchain, parenting tool, music, financials, and global sustainable real estate (ecoprojects, hospitality, industrial, residential, commercial, retail, parking, and land).[13] The Group has a presence in Miami, New York, San Francisco, San Juan, London, Zurich and Shanghai.

The conglomerate disclosed several pre-IPO investments in companies including Uber, Airbnb, Pinterest, Spotify, Palantir, Dropbox, Docusign, Lyft and WeWork.[14] The Group owns over 1,000 ha of land in Panama.[15][16][17][18][19][20]

Advisory board members include Dylan Taylor (executive), Global President of Colliers International; Olivia Leland, founding executive director of Giving Pledge and former director of Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation; Yan Yanovskiy, founder of First Nation Société Bancaire; Candice Beaumont, Chief Investment Officer at L Investments; and Dr. Andres Simon Gonzalez-Silen, founder of Grupo Venemergencia.[21]

Board memberships[edit]

Salsano sits on the board of various companies as a shareholder and as an advisor. In 2016 he joined the Advisory Board of the Family Office Association (FOA).[22] He is on the Steering Committee of 1640society, often referred as the Davos of the Hamptons, together with the Getty, Firestone, Kettering, Pitcairn, Bush, Kennedy and Forstmann families.[23] Salsano is also part of The Milken Institute Young Leaders Circle and a member of the Young Presidents' Organization.


Salsano was at one point a producer with Nick Raynes and Julie Pacino (eldest daughter of actor Al Pacino) of The First," later known as "The Girl With the Curls" and "Why Not Choose Love."

Awards and achievements[edit]

Salsano was honoured by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader in 2014.[24][25]

He is often featured on media including CNBC,[6] FT, Bloomberg, Forbes, CNN, IlSole24ore, and Corriere della Sera.

He was regarded as one of the top 50 business leaders in Latin America under 40 (2014 and 2015).[26][27][28]


He has donated to groups including the William J. Clinton Foundation,[29][30] Raisa Gorbachev Foundation, Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF), Amfar, Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, Olga Sinclair Foundation, the Prostate Cancer Foundation, and Ofrece Un Hogar.

He set up the Salsano Shahani foundation with his wife Johanna[31] to improve children's education in Central America.[5][7]

Sandro is the Chairman for Panama of Global Dignity, an independent, non-political organization. Their project is the universal right of every human being to lead a dignified life. The organization was established in 2006 by Crown Prince Haakon of Norway, John Hope Bryant and Pekka Himanen.[32]

Salsano is also a Fellow at the Aspen Institute, an international nonprofit organization founded in 1950, headquartered in Washington, D.C., with campuses in Aspen, Colorado (its original home) and at the Wye River in Maryland.[33]

Salsano Group announced a commitment totaling $15 million to promote the conservation of natural areas and protect working landscapes in the Republic of Panama in 2016.[15][34]

He is also part of the academy of the Global Teacher Prize, founded by the Varkey Foundation.[9]

Art Collection[edit]

Salsano art collection includes pieces from Yves Klein, Amedeo Modigliani, Pablo Picasso, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Henri Matisse, Jackson Pollock, Fernand Leger, Willem De Kooning, Paul Gaugin, Alberto Giacometti, Fernando Botero, Diego Rivera, Damien Hirst, Giorgio De Chirico, Joan Miro, Carlos Cruz-Diez, Liu Bolin, Guillermo Trujillo, Rigoberto Mena, Rene Portocarrero, Olga Sinclair, José Mijares.[35][36][37]

Personal life[edit]

He married Johanna Shahani on 14 March 2014 in Panama City.[38]

Sandro Salsano is an astronaut passenger with Sir Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic, and he will enter space on board SpaceShipTwo.[39][40]


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