Nutella Founder and World’s Richest Candy Maker, Michele Ferrero, Dies at 89 on Valentine’s Day

Michele Ferrero attends the funeral of the heir to the Italian chocolate company Ferrero, Pietro Ferrero, in Alba, Italy on April 27, 2011. (PHOTO CREDIT: Alessandro Di Mrco—EPA)
Michele Ferrero attends the funeral of the heir to the Italian chocolate company Ferrero, Pietro Ferrero, in Alba, Italy on April 27, 2011. (PHOTO CREDIT: Alessandro Di Mrco—EPA)

Italy’s richest man and the candy maker behind the iconic Nutella hazelnut spread died as millions of Americans indulged in his sweet creations on Valentine’s Day.

Michele Ferrero, whose company spawned Ferrero Rocher chocolates and Kinder eggs, died at age 89 at his home in Monaco. According to BBC News, Ferroro had been battling illness for months.

Ferrero’s father created what would later be widely known as Nutella during World War II when cocoa was in short supply.

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SOURCE: TIME, Maya Rhodan

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