Fabrizio Nicolosi is a global entrepreneur with a passion for launching new businesses and helping others to develop and grow their entrepreneurial initiatives. He worked for more than 10 years in 5 different countries and helped hundreds of entrepreneurs to set up and run successful international businesses.
He is an active investor in real estate, hospitality and members clubs.
Fabrizio is also leading the Entrepreneurs Private Office, a London-based company launched in 2016 that provides market access advisory and bespoke business concierge services.
Last but not least, he is the founder of a global membership organisation, Leaders First, operating across the world, with 1,500+ participants and 400+ members in more than 15 countries.
When I moved to Milan from Bari (South of Italy) at the age of 18 to attend Bocconi university I set my goals high. Coming from a family of entrepreneurs (my grandmother owned textile business), I started making my first money at early age by selling my technical drawings at school, tickets for exclusive students events, and even selling new technologies to companies.
By the time I finished my degree at Bocconi I already was in charge of a 3,000 members organisation, which was helping alumni to get ready for the job market through CV assessment and job matching. For my own career I choose Eni – the 10th largest oil & gas in the world company (by revenue) and soon I was transferred from the headquarters in Rome to a very inspiring and international location: London. I could continue building a successful corporate career, keep flying from Norway to Angola to manage complex upstream projects and trading / commercial negotiations, however something again inspired me to plan a more challenging professional life, and this time it was my own family business story.
As I mentioned, my grandparents were in textile business, but sadly, none of their children wanted to continue this journey and the business was sold. My grandma, a very energetic woman, was devastated, she didn’t see another way than investing the money received from the sale of her business into various properties and in my mum's jewellery business. With my global mindset, I didn’t see myself in any of these new businesses.
Things changed though, when one day, I was back to Puglia for a short break. I woke up from a smell of freshly made coffee, something which always reminds me of my childhood growing up in Italy. I heard my parents talking in the kitchen of what could they do to improve their businesses. And there, away from a busy schedule of London life, I realised, it was the time for me to get involved in managing family assets. This was the start of my entrepreneurial journey, and continuing of family legacy, with the same energy which helped my grandma to build her textile business, but with a more global mindset.
Since 2016, the year I quit my corporate job, my day has never been the same again. And it will continue to be a very interesting journey with further plans to explore new opportunities in US, Middle East and Asia.