03/21/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Giorgio Armani: I Will Never Sell My Fashion Empire

Designer Giorgio Armani told Italy's Corriere della Sera newspaper that he will never sell his fashion empire, Reuters reports.

"And I'm not stepping aside either, as long as I can, touch wood, keep up this pace. I don't give a damn about a super-golden pension, I wouldn't know what to do with it," he added.

Armani, 75, recently suffered from a bout of hepatitis and was rumored to be organizing his successors, but it still seems that his work hasn't suffered one bit. The designer is even set to open a hotel in the world's tallest building in Dubai, which he called, "a special thing...a sort of monument to what I have done in my life."

Armani's fashion house is worth about $2.4 billion a year in sales.

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