One of the yachting industry’s most renowned entrepreneurs, Carlo Riva died peacefully on (April 10) in his hometown of Sarnico.
Alberto Galassi, chief executive officer at parent company Ferretti Group, led the tributes, saying: “The world has lost a brilliant creator of boats, a master of style, [and] a giant in Italy’s industrial and business history.”
Carlo Riva was the man behind such legendary speedboats as the Aquarama and the Tritone
Born on February 24, 1922, Carlo Riva followed in the footsteps of his father Serafino, his grandfather Ernesto and his great-grandfather Pietro when he joined the family business at a young age. The newest member of the Riva dynasty went on to lead the company into an unprecedented golden era.
One of the earliest examples of a Carlo Riva-era speedboat was the Riva Ariston. He described it as “strong and pure, like a thoroughbred horse”.
Legendary models such as the Riva Florida, the Riva Tritone and the Riva Sebino were also launched under his tenure, culminating with the 1962 debut of the Riva Aquarama, which has come be to considered as one of the true icons of yachting.
Now part of the Ferretti Group, the Riva brand has grown to encompass everything from sporty 12 metre tenders to 50 metre steel and aluminium superyachts.
His values and ideas still influence the company today, as Galassi added: “Carlo Riva’s boats will always be a source of inspiration to all of us who feel a strong sense of responsibility for taking this leading brand forward into the future. Farewell Mr Riva, and enjoy the sea in your last voyage towards the horizon.”
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