Shahid Edoardo Agnelli, only son of Fiat Giovanni Agnelli accepted Islam and became Shiite Moslem after acquaintance with Iranian authorities in Italy.
Edoardo Agnelli was born on June 1954 in New York to Italian parents. His father, senator Giovanni Agnelli a famous and rich man in Italy was Christian and his mother, Marella Caracciolo di Castagneto was a Jewish princess.
Edoardo Agnelli was only son of senator Agnelli and the owner of automobile factories, Fiat, Ferrari, Lancia, Lamborghini, Alfa Romeo and Iveco and also factories producing industrial parts, many private Banks, companies of fashion, design and clothes, important published newspapers such as (LASTAMPA) and (CorriereDellaSera), the clod-house of Ferrari motoring and the Juventus football club. In addition there are many building constructions and road construction companies, medical equipment and helicopter production companies in which his family are the main shareholders. The amount of his family's wealth and influence are so great that the press in Italy calls them the Italian royal family.
He had converted to Islam and chose the named “Hisham Aziz”. In 1980, he became a Shiite Moslem and was named “Mahdi”.
On November 2000, Edoardo Agnelli was martyred in a suspect accident.
Edoardo often travel to "India", "Pakistan", "Libya" and "Iran". He traveled to Iran many times and on March 1981 he went to see "Imam Khomeini", and it was during that meeting session "Imam" had kissed his forehead. He participated in Friday prayers.
He also had a trip to Mashhad and visited the holy shrine of "Imam Reza". The first time he visited "Imam Reza" he was told that whatever wish he may have shall be granted by the Imam because it was his first "Ziyarat" and when asked about his wish, he had answered that he had asked for his father’s love and kindness towards him.
In the early 90's his cousin, "Jovanni Amperto" was chosen as successor. Edoardo was not against that decision and even congratulated his cousin on his new position advising him not to become a toy in the hands of money-hungry, worldly people. But some years later "Jovanni" died young because of an unknown kind of cancer. (the interesting thing was that Georgo, the brother of senator Agnelli had died young many years ago, a suspicious death, and all his wealth had been divided between the others). Very soon after his death the head committee, chose "Jacob Alkan", Edoardo's Jewish nephew, as the new successor. That decision greatly alarmed Edoardo. This time he did not remain silent and when he found out that his family was trying to change Jacob's surname from Alkan to Agnelli, severely opposed the decision and did not let that happen.
In the 90's Edoardo had no responsibilities in any part of his family's organizations and spent most of his time reading, travelling, working as a journalist and being involved in humanitarian activities. His father had threatened that if he did not forget his Islamic beliefs Edoardo would inherit nothing after his father's death, but he was prepared to forget his "million-dollar" inheritance rather than forget Islam. His family was continually putting him under severe pressure to desert Islam, but they never succeeded.