Bottle Cap Tycoon Leaves Money to Workers

An Italian man left over $1.5 million to his employees
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An Italian man who made a fortune making screw caps and synthetic corks for wine bottles left over $1.5 million to employees in his will.

In the late 1950s, wine-lover Piero Macchi founded Enoplastic, a company that makes synthetic corks, screw caps, and labels for beverage bottles, and from that he made an absolute fortune. He passed away in June, and workers this were recently stunned to discover that he’d left them thousands of Euros in his will.

According to The Local, Macchi and his wife secretly updated his will not long before his death to leave $1.64 million to the employees at his factory in the Italian Alps.

“It was all managed by his wife Carla, my mother, who sent a touching letter of thanks with each of the checks” said Macchi’s daughter Giovanna, who is the current joint manager of Enoplastic.

The bequests were assigned based on seniority, with new employees receiving 2,000 euros, or about $2,200, and the most senior employees receiving 10,000 euros, or about $11,000. The employees received the money in their checks before Christmas as a very generous Christmas bonus from their late employer.

“We always think of ourselves as a big family and this Christmas present is a sign of that,” one employee said.

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