Miuccia Prada has been at the helm of the brand that bears her family name for nearly 40 of its 100-plus year existence. She took control of Prada in 1978 from her mother Luisa, who succeeded her father, founder Mario Prada. Under Miuccia’s leadership, Prada has grown to become a tour de force and a larger luxury conglomerate that temporarily had stakes in Jil Sander, Helmut Lang and Azzedine Alaia, and now controls Church’s shoes and the nearly 200-year-old Milanese café Marchesi.

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