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Giovanni Toti

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Giovanni Toti
President of Liguria
Assumed office
11 June 2015
Preceded byClaudio Burlando
Member of the European Parliament
In office
14 July 2014 – 9 July 2015
ConstituencyNorth-West Italy
Personal details
Born (1968-09-07) 7 September 1968 (age 55)
Viareggio, Italy
Political partyPSI (1982–1990)
Forza Italia (2014–2019)
Cambiamo! (2019–2022)
Italy in the Centre (2022–2023)
Us Moderates (since 2023)
Alma materUniversity of Milan

Giovanni Toti (born 7 September 1968) is an Italian journalist and politician, who has been President of Liguria since June 2015.[1] Toti was also elected to the European Parliament, following the 2014 European Parliament election.


Born in Viareggio in 1968, Toti grew up in Massa Carrara where the family ran a hotel, and he has lived for many years with his family and parents in Bocca di Magra, Ameglia, in the province of La Spezia, Liguria. He graduated in political science from the University of Milan. He is married to the journalist Siria Magri.

During the 1980s he was a member of the youth wing of the Italian Socialist Party, led at the time by Bettino Craxi, Prime Minister from 1983 to 1987, later condemned for corruption, in the trial Mani Pulite.

In 1991, he started working for Studio Aperto, the news program of Silvio Berlusconi's TV channel Italia 1, of which he became director in 2010. In March 2012 Toti became also director of Tg4, replacing the long-time one Emilio Fede.[2]

In January 2014, Toti entered politics as political counselor of Berlusconi's party Forza Italia. In the 2014 European elections he was elected to the European Parliament with 148,291 votes.[3]

On 1 April 2015 he presented his candidacy to become President of Liguria in the regional election of May at the head of centre-right coalition composed of Northern League, Brothers of Italy, New Centre-Right and Toti's party FI. After the election, Toti was elected President with 34.4% of votes, defeating the Democratic candidate Raffaella Paita.[4]

On 7 May 2024, Toti was placed under house arrest as part of investigations into corruption, particularly granting favors to local businessmen in Genoa in exchange for financial support in local elections in 2021 and 2022.[5]


  1. ^ "Giovanni Toti proclamato oggi governatore della Liguria incontra il prefetto di Genova". 11 June 2015. Retrieved 14 August 2018.
  2. ^ "Fede-Mediaset, divorzio clamoroso "Licenziato". Nuovo direttore al Tg4 - Repubblica.it". Retrieved 14 August 2018.
  3. ^ "Ecco chi ha preso più voti". Retrieved 14 August 2018.
  4. ^ "I risultati in Liguria, a chi vanno i seggi della Regione". Il Secolo XIX. Archived from the original on 3 June 2015. Retrieved 14 August 2018.
  5. ^ "An Italian governor accused in a corruption probe has been placed under house arrest". Associated Press. 8 May 2024. Retrieved 8 May 2024.