Riccardo Illy joined the illycaffè family business in 1977, initially working in the sales and marketing department before becoming Business Director in the second half of the 1980s. In 1992, he attained the position of Managing Director and from 1995 to 2016, he held the position of Vice President.
He is Chairman of Polo del Gusto, a new company established in June 2019, in which Illy Group, a Holding of the Illy family, merged the companies Dammann (tea), Domori (chocolate), Mastrojanni (wine), Agrimontana (preserved fruit) and Fgel- Bonetti (ice cream bars).
From 2004 to June 2019, he held the position of Chairman of Illy Group and from 2016 to 2018, the position of President of Domori. He is also president of Mastrojanni
Since the 1990s, Riccardo Illy has pursued a political career, in addition to his work as an entrepreneur
Riccardo Illy is also a journalist, publisher and the author of the book “Dal Caffè all’ Espresso” published by Mondadori in 1989 and translated into English, French and German.