Moratti in 2009
16 May 1945 |
Bosco Chiesanuova, Italy
|Occupation||Honorary President of Internazionale and CEO of Saras S.p.A.|
Life and career
Moratti is the fourth son of Angelo Moratti, who was the President of Football Club Internazionale Milano during the team's "Golden Age" from 1955 to 1968. His brother's wife Letizia was the Mayor of Milan from 2006-2011.
Born in the family villa in the Bosco Chiesanuova, close to Verona, he graduated from Libera Università Internazionale degli Studi Sociali Guido Carli.
On his father's death, he inherited his shares in Saras, a group that is engaged in the refining of petroleum, where he is presently C.E.O. Moratti is also the owner of Sarlux, headquartered in Cagliari, which focuses on the production of electricity from the waste oil.
Married to the environmental activist Emilia Moratti (née Bossi), the couple have five children. On 10 September 2009, Sauro Gori announced that Moratti had been appointed a United Nations Goodwill Ambassador.
In May 2011, Moratti supported Giuliano Pisapia's bid to become mayor of Milan against his sister-in-law Letizia. His call for 'change' was perceived as an extension of his rivalry with A.C. Milan, Silvio Berlusconi, from football to the political sphere.
Role at Internazionale
Moratti took over as president of Inter from Ernesto Pellegrini in 1995, during a period where many considered Inter to be underachievers. During the two decades under his leadership, Inter has clinched five Scudetti/Serie A in a row (equalling the all-time record), four Coppa Italia (2005, 2006, 2010, 2011), four Supercoppa Italiana (2005, 2006, 2008, 2010), one UEFA Champions League (2010), one FIFA Club World Cup (2010) and one UEFA Cup (1998). Inter won the Scudetto, the Coppa Italia and the Champions League in the 2010 season, to become the first ever team to achieve the feat in Italy.
Moratti is said to have spent around €1.2 billion in the transfer market since he took over as president. In July 1999, Moratti sanctioned a then world-record €48 million purchase of striker Christian Vieri and has since purchased numerous superstars, including Ronaldo, Maicon, Adriano, Hernán Crespo, Roberto Baggio, Iván Zamorano, Zlatan Ibrahimović, Luís Figo, Patrick Vieira, Samuel Eto'o, and Wesley Sneijder.
However, criticism also been levelled against Inter as they fired coaches frequently. Except keeping Giuseppe Baresi and Daniele Bernazzani as backroom staff in the first team or in the youth system, as well as Marco Branca as one of the directors, the team had changed from Rafael Benítez, Leonardo, Gasperini and most recently Ranieri in just 2 seasons. Roberto Mancini and José Mourinho were the only two trophy winning and longest serving coach in recent years. Before Mancini, Massimo employed more than 10 short-lived coaches, including Roy Hodgson, Marcello Lippi, Marco Tardelli, Héctor Cúper and Alberto Zaccheroni.
The day after Ranieri was dismissed, chief scout of the first team Giovanni Battista Lanfranchi was fired and replaced by the former technical commission of Udinese, Valentino Angeloni. Lanfranchi had served for Inter for 13 years in different positions.
On 15 October 2013, Moratti sold a 70 percent stake of the club to International Sports Capital, lead by Indonesian businessman Erick Thohir. During a shareholders' meeting on 15 November 2013, Thohir was officially elected new President of Inter Milan, while Moratti will remain with the club as Honorary President.
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- "Massimo Moratti a sostegno di Pisapia: Berlusconi fa solo autogol". newnotizie.it. Retrieved 2011-06-01.
- "Erick Thohir named new Inter Milan President". inside World Soccer. 16 November 2013.