Pietro Barilla Senior (to distinguish him from his grandson, also named Pietro) was born in Parma on 3 May 1845, the sixth of the ten children of Ferdinando, known as Luigi, and Angela Julia Lanati. Alongside his elder brothers Ferdinando and Giuseppe, Pietro soon went to do his apprenticeship in the workshop belonging to his maternal grandfather Vincenzo Lanati, a baker who had a shop and bake-house in Strada Santa Croce 183-185.
Riccardo Barilla was born in 1880, the third of six siblings, son of Pietro and Giovanna Adorni. He attended the primary school until the fourth grade and subsequently he began to help his father who owned a modest shop with a small adjacent bake house for the handmade production and for the sale of bread and pasta in the city centre, in Via Vittorio Emanuele.
Gualtiero Barilla was born in Parma on 9 August 1881, penultimate of the five children of Pietro and Giovanna Adorni. Called to a religious vocation, rather than working in the Company, he did a normal course of higher studies in a seminary and, for a brief time, at the Foreign Missions Institute, with the intention of going to China to work as a missionary.
Pietro Barilla was the second child of Riccardo and Virginia Fontana. After attending various colleges in Italy, in 1931 he went to complete his education in Germany. Subsequently he did his Italian Army National Service. In 1934, he began working in the family Company as a salesman. In 1936, in the renovated offices in Viale Veneto, he supervised the organization of sales, agents and transport.
Giovanni Barilla was born in Parma on 6 July 1917, the youngest child of Riccardo and Virginia Fontana. Endowed with an athletic and long-limbed physique, he distinguished himself in his high-school football team as right half, “the driving force”, as they used to say then, a characteristic, which was very soon transferred from the football pitch to the factory. After studying classics at the “Maria Luigia” school in Parma, he enrolled in the faculty of Chemistry at the University of Bologna, but, having given up his studies due to the war, he devoted himself entirely to work, first assisting and then replacing in 1947 his father Riccardo.
Chairman of the Barilla Group. He was born in Milan in July 1958. After studying Philosophy, in 1982 he started his career in the Sales Department of Barilla France, a subsidiary of the family Company.
Deputy Chairman of the Barilla Group. He was born in Milan in May 1960. He had his first work experience in the Company in 1980, and started his career there as Product Manager in 1984, after military service in the Italian military force Carabinieri.
Deputy Chairman of the Barilla Group. He was born in Milan in April 1961. In 1991, he began his career in the family Company at Barilla France, a subsidiary of the Group. In 1994, he was appointed Deputy Chairman of the Barilla Group.