Lapo Elkann

2011 Formula 1 Racing - FIA World Championship in Monza - September 10, 2011

Elkann in 2011, photo by

Birth Name: Lapo Edovard Elkann

Place of Birth: New York City, New York, U.S.

Date of Birth: October 7, 1977

*50% Jewish [Ashkenazi, Sephardi]
*28.125% Italian
*21.875% British Isles [Scottish and English]

Lapo Elkann is an Italian businessperson, philanthropist, and socialite.

Lapo is the son of Italian parents, Alain Elkann, a novelist, intellectual, and journalist, and Margherita Agnelli, a member of the powerful Agnelli family. He is the brother of industrialist John Elkann, the Chairman of the Fiat group of companies, and film director Ginevra Elkann. His father is Jewish and his mother is Catholic. He has said, “[I’m] proud of my Jewish roots.” He formally practices Judaism.

Lapo is married to Portuguese rally raid racer Joana Lemos.

Lapo’s paternal grandfather was Jean-Paul Elkann (the son of Armand Elkann and Berthe Bloch). Jean-Paul was a French banker, born in Paris, France, to an Alsatian Jewish family. Armand was the son of Isaac Elkann and Marie Anne Dreyfuss.

Lapo’s paternal grandmother was Carla Ovazza (the daughter of Vittorio Camillo Ovazza and Olga Cinci Fubini). Carla was an Italian Jew. She was a member of the influential Ovazza banking family, based in Turin. Vittorio was the son of Ernesto Ovazza and Celeste Malvano. Olga was the daughter of Alessandro Fubini and Albina De Benedetti.

Lapo’s maternal grandfather was famous industralist Giovanni “Gianni” Agnelli (the son of Edoardo Agnelli and Princess Virginia Bourbon Del Monte di San Faustino). Lapo’s grandfather Gianni was born in Turin, Italy, and was a Senator for Life, from 1991 to 2003. Edoardo was a prominent businessperson, and was the son of Giovanni Agnelli and Clara Boselli. Lapo’s great-grandmother Princess Virginia was the daughter of Carlo Bourbon del Monte, 4th Prince of San Faustino, and of New Jersey-born Jane Allen Campbell, who herself was the daughter of George W. Campbell, Jr. and Virginia Watson. George’s father, Lapo’s great-great-great-great-grandfather George W. Campbell (George Washington Campbell), was born, c. 1769, in Lairg, Sutherland, Scotland, and was a U.S. Senator from Tennessee, from 1811 to 1814, and again from 1815 to 1818, the U.S. Secretary of the Treasury, in 1814, and the U.S. Minister to Russia, from 1819 to 1820, among other duties.

Lapo’s maternal grandmother was Marella Agnelli, Princess Donna Marella Caracciolo di Castagneto (the daughter of Don Filippo Caracciolo, 8th Prince di Castagneto, 3rd Duke di Melito, and of Margaret Clarke). Lapo’s grandmother Princess Marella was born in Florence, Kingdom of Italy, and was a noblewoman, art collector, socialite, and style icon. Filippo was the son of Nicola Caracciolo, 2nd Duca di Melito, and of Meralda Mele Barese/Barrese. Lapo’s great-great-grandmother Meralda was the daughter of an Italian father and a British Isles mother, and was the granddaughter of English politician and poet Winthrop Mackworth Praed. Lapo’s great-grandmother Margaret Clarke was born in Peoria, Illinois, United States, the daughter of Charles Corning Clarke and Alice Chandler.

Sources: Genealogy of Lapo Elkann –

Obituary of Lapo’s maternal grandfather, Giovanni “Gianni” Agnelli –

4 Responses

  1. andrew says:

    He considers himself Jewish: (and several interviews)

  2. andrew says:

    His sister is film director Ginevra Elkann.

  3. andrew says:

    Lapo’s paternal grandfather was banker Jean-Paul Elkann (the son of Armand Elkann and Berthe Bloch). Jean-Paul was born in Paris, France, to an Alsatian Jewish family. Armand was the son of Isaac Elkann and Marie Anne Dreyfuss .

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