Bio


Sandro Salsano is an Italian self-made entrepreneur, businessman, investor and philanthropist.

Born in Lecco, Italy on September 25 1979, he grew up in Campania, Italy where he played basketball until he decided to move to Milan to study at Bocconi University.

His mother was a teacher and his father worked for the national railway company.

Sandro graduated from Bocconi University Milan with full honors with an MBA program from the University of San Diego California, he also studied at Harvard Business School and at INCAE Business School.

He is President and Chairman of Salsano Group, Chairman of Salsano family office and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Salsano Shahani Foundation.

He is a serial entrepreneur, in his early career he started or was a partner of several companies including an investment bank which sold a stake to Goldman Sachs, a factoring company, a UK Fca regulated hedge fund, a real estate company. He started investing in distressed real estate from a very early age.

Sandro has been honoured by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader (YGL). This honor is bestowed by the World Economic Forum each year to recognize the most distinguished and inspiring leaders under the age of 40. Selection Committee is headed by Her Majesty Queen Rania of Jordan. Past Young Global Leaders from around the world include Mark Zuckerberg, Founder & CEO of Facebook Inc, Larry Page, Co-Founder & CEO, Google; Sergey Brin, Co-Founder/President, Google, Elon Musk, Chairman, Tesla Motors, Leonardo Di Caprio, actor.

Sandro is also part of The Milken Institute Young Leaders Circle

He is often featured on several medias like CNBC, Financial Times, Bloomberg, Forbes, CNN.

He is a donor among others of the Elton John Aids Foundation, Leonardo Di Caprio Foundation, Amfar, Olga Sinclair Foundation, Clinton Foundation, Ofrece un Hogar, Aspen Institute

He set up Salsano Shahani Foundation with his wife Johanna Shahani to improve kids education in Panama.

Sandro is the Chairman for Panama of Global Dignity, a non-profit organization founded by H.H. Haakon, Crown Prince of Norway as well as he is part of the Academy of The Global Teacher Prize, founded by the Varkey Foundation, donating 1m usd a year to the best teacher in the world.

Sandro sits on the board of different companies as both a shareholder and as an advisor. He is also on the Steering Committee of 1640society, often referred as the Davos of the Hamptons, together with the Getty, Firestone, Kettering, Pitcairn, Bush, Kennedy & Forstmann families