Billionaire Michele Ferrero, who became Italy’s richest man and the owner of a global chocolate and hazelnut spread Nutella, died on Valentine’s Day aged 89, the company said.
According to BBC News, Ferrero had been battling illness for several months and died in Monte Carlo on Saturday, February 14.
Nutella was largely conceived by Michele Ferrero’s father, Pietro Ferrero, who began making the spread from cocoa rations in World War II, and later adding hazelnuts to save money on cocoa.
Aside from Nutella, the Ferrero group also makes Ferrero Rocher, Mon Cheri , Tic Tac sweets and Kinder chocolates.
Forbes magazine described Ferrero as “the richest candyman on the planet”, putting him and his family in 30th place on their list of the world’s wealthiest people, with a net worth of $23.4 billion.
Twitter was flooded with messages from people who thanked Ferrero for “sweetening up” their lives and for bringing happiness in the world through his chocolates. Netizens thanked