Giuseppe Volpi

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Giuseppe Volpi.

Giuseppe Volpi, 1st Count of Misurata (19 November 1877 – 16 November 1947) was an Italian businessman and politician.

Count Volpi developed utilities which brought electricity to Venice, northeast Italy, and the Balkans by 1903.[1] In 1911–1912, he acted as a negotiator in ending the Italo-Turkish War.[2] He was the governor of the colony of Tripolitania[3] from 1921 until 1925.

As the Kingdom of Italy's Minister of Finance from 1925 until 1928, Volpi successfully negotiated Italy's World War I debt repayment with the United States[4] and with the United Kingdom,[5] pegged the value of the lira to the value of gold, and implemented free trade policies. [6] He was replaced in July 1928 by Antonio Mosconi.[7]

Volpi also founded the Venice Film Festival. His son was automobile racing manager Giovanni Volpi. His grand daughter is Countess Maria Cicogna, The New York Times describes her as "the first major female Italian film producer" and "one of the most powerful women in European cinema".[citation needed]

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  1. ^ "John Berendt, The City of Fallen Angels". Penguin Books, 2005. Retrieved 23 December 2010.
  2. ^ "Volpi's Commission". Time Magazine. 2 November 1925. Retrieved 23 December 2010.
  3. ^ "ITALY: Cabinet Changes". Time Magazine. 20 July 1925. Retrieved 23 December 2010.
  4. ^ "THE CABINET: Italy's Debt". Time Magazine. 23 November 1925. Retrieved 23 December 2010.
  5. ^ "Ratified". Time Magazine. 15 February 1926. Retrieved 23 December 2010.
  6. ^ "ITALY: Back on Gold". Time Magazine. 2 January 1928. Retrieved 23 December 2010.
  7. ^ "ITALY: Volpi Out". Time Magazine. 16 July 1928. Retrieved 23 December 2010.

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Government offices
Preceded by
Luigi Mercatelli
Governor of Tripolitana
Succeeded by
Emilio De Bono
Preceded by
Alberto De Stefani
Italian Minister of Finance
Succeeded by
Antonio Mosconi
Business positions
Preceded by
Alberto Pirelli
President of Confindustria
Succeeded by
Giovanni Balella