He is the founder of Luxottica Group and has been Chairman of the Board since it was formed in 1961.
In 1986, the President of the Republic of Italy conferred on Mr. Del Vecchio the honor of Cavaliere dell’Ordine al “Merito del Lavoro” (Knight of the Order for Labor Merit).
In May 1995, he received an honorary degree in Business Administration from the Venice Cà Foscari University.
In 1999, he received a Master “honoris causa” in International Business from MIB- Management School in Trieste, and in 2002, he received an honorary degree in Managerial Engineering from the University of Udine.
In March 2006, Mr. Del Vecchio received another honorary degree in Materials Engineering from Politecnico of Milan.
Mr. Del Vecchio is also a Director of Beni Stabili S.p.A. SIIQ, GiVi Holding S.p.A., Vice Chairman of Foncière des Régions S.à r.l. and a Director of Delfin S.à r.l., Aterno S.a.r.l. and Kairos Partners SGR S.p.A.