Giovanni Ravazzotti

giovanni ravazzotti

Non-Executive Chairman of Ceramic Industries

Net Worth – R2.9 Billion

Giovanni Alberto Mario Ravazzotti is a Non-Executive Chairman of Ceramic Industries Limited. Ravazzotti also founded Italtile, a company importing and retailing ceramic tiles, in 1969. His leadership and experience assisted Ceramic Industries Limited in becoming the market leader in South Africa in the manufacture of ceramic tiles and vitreous china sanitaryware. He served as chairman of the Italian SA Chamber of Trade and Industries. In 2009, he received the decoration of “Cavaliere” in the Order “Al Merito della Repubblica Italiana”.


At a Glance

Born: Age 69

Source of Wealth: Manufacturing Ceramics, Tiles

Residence: Johannesburg

Country of Citizenship: Italy and South Africa

Marital Status: N\A


Giovanni Ravazzotti, an immigrant to Johannesburg from Italy, saw the need back in 1969 for affordable tiles and ceramic products in an increasingly urban South Africa. He began importing and retailing them through a company he founded, Italtile. Ten years later, with the first hints that there would be trade sanctions against South Africa in the wake of the 1976 Soweto uprising, he began manufacturing ceramic tiles domestically. In 1992, his retail company Italtile and manufacturer Ceramic Industries were listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange. Ravazzotti keeps a very low profile, especially since his son and heir Gian-Paolo Ravazzotti died in a plane crash in February 2011. He has maintained dual South African and Italian citizenship. He has been chairman of the Italian South African Chamber of Trade and Industries and in 2009 was decorated Cavaliere in the Order Al Merito della Repubblica Italiana.

Awards and Recognition

“Cavaliere” in the Order “Al Merito della Repubblica Italiana” in the year 2009.





1969 – present

Group Executive Chairman – ITALTILE LIMITED

July 2006 – present

Non-Executive Chairman – Ceramic Industries Limited

February 1992 – present

Chairman – Italian SA Chamber of Trade and Industries



Chief Executive Officer – ITALTILE LIMITED

June 2001 – July 2006


June 2001 – December 2004

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