At a lunch meeting in Turin in 2013 in Fiat’s Lingotto headquarters, he mused on what he would do when he was not focused on cars 24 hours a day: “I want to study theoretical physics,” he said. The attraction? “Because it is one of the hardest things there is.”
He then demanded a computer. In seconds it arrived and Marchionne called up a YouTube video of four-year-old Chinese piano prodigy Tsung Tsung playing Flight of the Bumblebee.
“I was sitting up late last night watching it,” he said. “Can you imagine what you could do with a brain like that?”
— Sergio Marchionne