The second ship that the Apontes bought was named after Rafaela.
In December 2022, MSC bought Bolloré Africa Logistics, the African transport and logistics arm of the Bolloré Group, for $6 billion.
Rafaela Aponte-Diamant and her husband Gianluigi each own a 50% stake in MSC, the world's largest shipping line.
Rafaela first met Gianluigi on a trip to the Italian island of Capri in the 1960s, when Gianluigi was a ship captain.
They entered the shipping industry together in 1970, when they purchased a ship with a $200,000 loan.
MSC also operates in holiday cruises (MSC Cruises), inland logistics (Medlog) and port operations (Terminal Investment Limited.)
Rafaela is responsible for decorating ships for MSC Cruises; Gianluigi is MSC's executive chairman and their son, Diego, is MSC's president.
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