Who is Paola Franchi?
Paola Franchi was born on 17 November 1953 under the zodiac sign of Scorpio, in Milan, Italy. She is a 68-year-old interior designer, artist, author, and a former model, but probably best recognized as the girlfriend of the late famous Italian businessman Maurizio Gucci, known for having been the heir to the Gucci fashion house.
How rich is she, as of now? Paola Franchi’s Net Worth
As of early 2022, Paola Franchi’s net worth is estimated at close to $1 million, acquired largely through her successful career.
She has also increased her wealth through the divorce settlement from her now ex-husband Giorgio Colombo.
Early Life, Parents, Siblings, Nationality, Ethnicity, Religion, Educational Background, Appearance
Paola Franchi spent her early years in her hometown of Milan, where she was raised by her parents, about whom little is known, their names, and professions, except that her mother had an interior decorating studio.
There’s no information on whether she has siblings or is an only child. She holds Italian nationality, belongs to White Caucasian ethnic group, and is a Christian. Speaking about her educational background, Paola went to Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera, known as Brera Academy, in Milan. Regarding her appearance, Paola Franchi has long blonde-dyed hair and green eyes, however, information about her height, weight, vital statistics, bra, dress and shoe size isn’t available.
Paola Franchi made a name for herself as an interior designer and artist. After completing her education, she started working in her mother’s interior decorating studio, then developed her love for creating sculptures from various materials. She also began to combine photographs with other techniques to create unique pieces of art, and had her first exhibition called “Fantasy Portraits”, in Milan in 2009.
It was followed by numerous other exhibitions, such as “Sirens”, “Scent Of Africa”, and “Tribal Possession”, to name a few. She has also participated in numerous collective art exhibitions.
First Husband and Son
Paola married copper industrialist Giorgio Colombo at a ceremony in 1983. Two years later, she gave birth to their son named Charly Colombo, but after being married for eight years, they went their separate ways, and their divorce was finalized in 1991.
In 2001, Paola faced tragedy when her son Charly committed suicide at the age of 16, after which she and her ex-husband established a charity called L’Amico Charly in remembrance of him, aimed at the prevention of the suicide of young people.
Relationship with Maurizio Gucci
Paola Franchi and Maurizio Gucci had known each other for their whole lives, as they were childhood friends. She even attended his wedding to Patrizia Reggiani in 1972. Following her split from Giorgio and Maurizio’s split from Patrizia, the two became romantically involved in 1990.
They moved in together in a lavish apartment in Corso Venezia, Milan. After Maurizio’s divorce from Patrizia was made official in 1994, they started planning to exchange their wedding vows at his Saint Moritz estate in Switzerland. However, their plans weren’t fulfilled, because Maurizio was murdered by a hired hitman hired by his ex-wife Patricia, outside of his office on 27 March 1995.
The following day, Patrizia sent an eviction order to Paola to move out of the apartment in which she lived with Maurizio. Patrizia then moved in to live there with her two daughters until 1997 when she was convicted of murder, and sentenced to 29 years in jail.
Autobiography and “House Of Gucci”
In 2010, Paola published her autobiographical book entitled “L’amore Spezzato”, also known under the English title “The Broken Love”, in which she reveals all the details about her relationship with Maurizio.
In 2021, she was portrayed by French actress Camille Cottin in the highly popular biographical crime drama film “House Of Gucci”, which follows the relationship between Maurizio, played by Adam Driver, and Patrizia, portrayed by Lady Gaga. The film became a box office success, since it grossed over $156 million on a $75 million budget, and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Make-up and Hairstyling.