6. Castiglioni and MV Agusta

The motorcycle industry lost an icon this year in Claudio Castiglioni. During his 63 years, Castiglioni has owned brands such as Cagiva, Ducati, Husqvarna, Moto Morini and, most recently, MV Agusta.

Sadly, Castiglioni’s death came just as MV Agusta is in its best financial shape ever. Harley-Davidson bought in to MV in 2008, bringing in much-needed capital and an investment in R&D work on the exciting new three-cylinder F3 675, an updated F4, and wholesale revisions to its line of Brutale nakeds. Then Harley got cold feet and sold the company back to Castiglioni for a song.

Castiglioni leaves MV Agusta in the hands of his son, Giovanni who seems just as passionate about motorcycles as his father.

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