The Montalto Family

The Montalto family are of Norman descent. The family archives date back to ancient Rome. Today the Montalto family holds the titles of Duke of Fragnito, Duke of Tocco, Prince of Lequile, Marquis of Pontelatrone, and Patrician of Naples. (See

Duke Massimo Montalto di Fragnito was Chamberlain to the Royal Court. Another Montalto ancestor was Governor of Sicily and the original Norman Palace, Palazzo Montalto, can still be seen in Siracusa.

Sant Andrea della Valle, Rome’s most theatrical basilica, which inspired the first act of the opera Tosca, was completed largely at the expense of Cardinal Montalto, nephew of Pope Sixtus (1520-1590), a family ancestor.

David Maude-Roxby-Montalto di Fragnito, the 13th Duke of Fragnito, is a world renowned artist craftsman. His work is held in some of the world’s most prestigious private collections and museums, including the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. Please visit and Wikipedia for more information.

Daniel James Francesco Maude-Roxby-Montalto di Fragnito, Prince of Lequile, is the son and heir of David Howard Maude-Roxby-Montalto di Fragnito, Duke of Fragnito.

Daniel is a Swiss based businessman and entrepreneur, former chairman of Younicos GmbH, a Berlin based early developer of intelligent energy storage and grid solutions based on battery technology.

He is actively involved in the management and development of his family’s real estate portfolio and agricultural business. He has traveled extensively and has close ties to China, where he has visited on numerous occasions since 1990.

Daniel is the eldest grandson of the financier Isidore Jack Lyons (Sir Jack Lyons CBE), a former director of the UDS Group. His Alma Mater is Boston University.

Daniel is married to Caroline Maude-Roxby-Montalto di Fragnito née Schorderet, a Swiss lawyer and former professional ice skater (Holiday on Ice). They have one son, Theodore Jack Francesco.