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Nutella Maker Michele Ferrero Dies At 89

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It’s a sad day for chocolate lovers everywhere today.

Michele Ferrero, the world’s richest confectionery maker whose Nutella chocolate and hazelnut spread helped raise generations of Italians and define Italian sweets, has died, officials said. He was 89.

The insanely successful chocolatey confection also plays a part in children’s lives across the world, having sold one jar in every 2.5 seconds globally. Which person on the entire developed part of the world doesn’t remember the sheer pleasure of eating spoonfuls of Nutella right out of the jar? I just did a round this morning myself.

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His father Pietro started making Nutella when cocoa was still rationed during the second world war, Forbes noted in ranking Ferrero and his family 30th on its list of the world’s richest billionaires, worth USD23.4bil. (RM83.88bil).

Ferrero was the patriarch of the eponymous family empire best known for its Nutella and Ferrero Rocher chocolates. The company’s products also included Tic Tacs and the Kinder line of products — including the eggs beloved by children for the treat inside.-MYNEWSHUB.CC/Agencies

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