Giorgio Gori

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Giorgio Gori
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Mayor of Bergamo
Assumed office
9 June 2014
Preceded byFranco Tentorio
Personal details
Born (1960-03-24) 24 March 1960 (age 61)
Bergamo, Italy
Political partyDemocratic Party
Spouse(s)
(m. 1995)
Children3
OccupationEntrepreneur, journalist, politician
Websitewww.giorgiogori2018.it

Giorgio Gori (born 24 March 1960 in Bergamo) is an Italian entrepreneur, journalist and politician. He is a member of the Democratic Party and has been the mayor of Bergamo since June 2014.[1]

Early life[edit]

Giorgio Gori attended high school at the Liceo classico Paolo Sarpi in Bergamo, where he became a member of the secularist and reformism student group "Action and Freedom".[2]

At 18 years old he started working for Radio Bergamo, a liberal station directed by Vittorio Feltri.[3] In the following years he worked for L'Eco di Bergamo and Bergamo Oggi, two local newspapers.

Manager career[edit]

In 1984 Gori was hired by Rete 4, an Italian TV station owned by Silvio Berlusconi. In 1991 Gori became the director of Canale 5, the main TV channel of Berlusconi's Mediaset. In 1997 he was appointed director of Italia 1, a position he held for two years when he was re-appointed at the head of Canale 5.

In 2001 he founded Magnolia, a society of television production that cooperated both with Rai and Mediaset. In September 2012 he resigned and sold all his shares to enter into politics.[4]

Political career[edit]

Gori in December 2016

In December 2011 Gori joined the centre-left Democratic Party. In 2012 he became a close advisor of Matteo Renzi, the Mayor of Florence who was running in the primary election to become the centre-left candidate for Prime Minister in the general election of the following year.[5]

In 2014 Gori announced his intention to run in the Bergamo municipal election in the same year.[6] In the centre-left primary election in February he gained 58.5% of votes beating the civic Nadia Ghisalberti and Luciano Ongaro (member of Left Ecology Freedom).[7] In the mayoral election of June 2014, Gori gained 45.1% of votes in the first round and then he won with 53.5% against the centre-right incumbent Mayor Franco Tentorio.[8] On 1 June 2017 Gori announced his intention to run as centre-left candidate to the Presidency of Lombardy[9] in the Lombard regional election of 4 March 2018. Gori's principal rivals were Attilio Fontana (LN, supported by center-right coalition) and Dario Violi (M5S). On 4 March 2018 Gori lost the regional election[10] with 29%, the worst result of a center-left candidate since the 2000 election.

As the mayor of Bergamo, Gori raised controversy[why?] on February 11, 2020 by tweeting that he dined in a Chinese restaurant in solidarity with citizens who were attacked by "alarmists", and adding that there was "really nothing to fear".[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Romano, Luca (Jun 9, 2014). "Giorgio Gori eletto sindaco di Bergamo". ilGiornale.it. Retrieved Mar 19, 2020.
  2. ^ Perchè Gori è sceso in campo
  3. ^ "Blog | Gori, è un riciclato di lusso il guru di Renzi". Il Fatto Quotidiano. Nov 2, 2011. Retrieved Mar 19, 2020.
  4. ^ "Giorgio Gori, lo spin doctor di Renzi? Più che altro è un pinocchio". www.liberoquotidiano.it. Retrieved Mar 19, 2020.
  5. ^ "Il programma di Renzi e la regia di Gori". www.ilfoglio.it. Retrieved Mar 19, 2020.
  6. ^ "Primarie centrosinistra, strada spianata per Gori probabile unico nome Pd - Bergamo News". BergamoNews. Dec 27, 2013. Retrieved Mar 19, 2020.
  7. ^ "Gori vince le primarie con il 58% dei voti "Ora lavoriamo uniti" - Bergamo News". BergamoNews. Feb 23, 2014. Retrieved Mar 19, 2020.
  8. ^ "Giorgio Gori e la vittoria della sinistra al caviale". Panorama. Jun 9, 2014. Retrieved Mar 19, 2020.
  9. ^ "Lombardia, Gori candidato senza primarie - La Stampa". lastampa.it. Oct 31, 2017. Retrieved Mar 19, 2020.
  10. ^ "Lombardia Risultati Regionali 2018". Corriere della Sera. Retrieved Mar 19, 2020.
  11. ^ https://twitter.com/giorgio_gori/status/1227282399005945857
Political offices
Preceded by
Franco Tentorio (FI)
Mayor of Bergamo
2014–Incumbent
Succeeded by
Incumbent (party)
Party political offices
Preceded by
Umberto Ambrosoli (PD)
2013
Centre-left coalition
nominee for President of Lombardy

2018
Succeeded by
Most recent (party)
2023
Party political offices
Preceded by
Roberto Bruni (PD)
2009
Centre-left coalition
nominee for Mayor of Bergamo

2014 and 2019
Succeeded by
Most recent (party)
2024