Switzerland-based liner giant Mediterranean Shipping Co (MSC) started with a single ship bought with help from a client of founding banker Gianluigi Aponte.

The group’s story begins with the Aponte family’s small shipping company in Sorrento, southern Italy.

The future billionaire was born in 1940, but his father died of malaria when he was five years old, having gone to seek his fortune in Somalia, a report by Swiss dailies Le Matin Dimanche and Sonntagszeitung revealed.