Gianni Letta

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This article is about the People of Freedom member. For the Democratic Party member, see Enrico Letta.
Gianni Letta
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Personal details
Born (1935-04-15) 15 April 1935 (age 81)
Avezzano, Italy
Political party Forza Italia
Other political
(until 1994)
Forza Italia
The People of Freedom
Spouse(s) Maddalena Marignetti
Children 2
Religion Roman Catholic

Gianni Letta (born April 15, 1935) is an Italian journalist and politician. He is a close advisor of Silvio Berlusconi and a member of the advisory board of Goldman Sachs International.


After graduating in law, he started working as a journalist for several daily newspapers, as well as RAI and ANSA.

He was editor-in-law of Il Tempo from 1973 to 1987; that year, he left the newspaper in order to enter into the Fininvest group owned by Silvio Berlusconi. He hosted a number of TV programmes, especially on Canale 5.

After Berlusconi's entry into politics, Letta became undersecretary of the first government led by Berlusconi in 1994, an office he took again from 2001 to 2006, and from 2008 to 2011. In 2010 CNN referred to Letta as "Berlusconi's right-hand man."[1] Among Letta's duties for Berlusconi include co-ordinating the Italian government's activities with the Holy See.[1] Gianni is an extremely close associate of Berlusconi, and was the best man at Berlusconi's wedding to Veronica Lario at the Palazzo Marino in 1990.[2]

In 2006, Berlusconi nominated him as the House of Freedoms candidate to succeed Carlo Azeglio Ciampi as President of the Italian Republic. In the first ballot held on May 8, 2006, he received 369 votes, not enough to be elected. He received the votes from the right-wing coalition but he was soundly refused by the majority of the house, L'Unione, for being considered as the factotum of Silvio Berlusconi. The election was won by Giorgio Napolitano, the candidate of L'Unione, on May 10 2006.

On 18 June 2007, Letta was made a member of the advisory board of Goldman Sachs International, assigned by the bank to "provide strategic consulting on growth opportunities, with a special focus on Italy."[2] Chairman of Goldman Sachs International Peter Sutherland said in the press statement that Letta was "an exceptional talent, with political experience and profound knowledge of Italian politics and the Italian and international market."[2] Letta is the uncle of Enrico Letta, the Prime Minister from the centre-left Democratic Party.

He received the America Award of the Italy-USA Foundation in 2014.

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  1. ^ a b Messia, Hada (4 January 2010). "Vatican slams Berlusconi over anti-Semitic, sexist jokes". CNN. Retrieved 5 August 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c "Goldman Sachs arruola Gianni Letta". Corriere della Sera. 19 June 2007. Retrieved 5 August 2013. 
Media offices
Preceded by
Managing editor of Il Tempo
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Renato Angiolillo
Editor in chief of Il Tempo
Succeeded by
Gaspare Barbiellini Amidei
Government offices
Preceded by
Antonio Maccanico
Secretary to the Council of Ministers
Succeeded by
Lamberto Cardia
Preceded by
Enrico Micheli
Secretary to the Council of Ministers
Succeeded by
Enrico Letta
Preceded by
Enrico Letta
Secretary to the Council of Ministers
Succeeded by
Antonio Catricalà