BUSINESS ABROAD: $500 Million Sideline

Franco Marinotti, 66, is a stout, energetic Italian who considers painting his lifework and business a mere sideline. As a painter, whose work bears the name Francesco Torri,* he has achieved critical acclaim throughout Italy for his craftsmanlike landscapes. But it is at his sideline that Franco Marinotti excels. As president of Milan's mammoth Snia Viscosa, he has almost singlehanded turned a tottering business into one of Italy's ten largest corporations and one of the world's biggest textile combines. Last year, with 60 plants turning out textiles in seven countries, Snia Viscosa...

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