Letizia Moratti

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Letizia Brichetto Arnaboldi - Moratti
Moratti- Edward Hopper - Milano, Palazzo Reale.jpg
23rd Mayor of Milan
In office
June 1, 2006 – June 1, 2011
Preceded by Gabriele Albertini
Succeeded by Giuliano Pisapia
Italian Minister of Education, University and Research
In office
June 11, 2001 – May 17, 2006
Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi
Preceded by Tullio De Mauro
Succeeded by Giuseppe Fioroni
as Minister of Education
Fabio Mussi
as Minister of University
Personal details
Born (1949-11-26) November 26, 1949 (age 65)
Milan, Italy
Nationality Italian
Political party FI (1994-2009)
PdL (2009-2011)
Spouse(s) Gian Marco Moratti
Children Gilda Moratti
Gabriele Moratti
Alma mater University of Milan
Profession Politician, manager

Letizia Brichetto Arnaboldi - Moratti (born 26 November 1949) is an Italian businesswoman and politician. She is the former mayor of Milan.


Moratti was born Letizia Brichetto Arnaboldi in Milan. She is married to the oil magnate Gianmarco Moratti (brother of Massimo Moratti) and has two children, Gabriele and Gilda. She is the granddaughter of Mimina Brichetto Arnaboldi, an intellectual society lady who hosted an important salon in Milan in the years before the Second World War, and who was also an ardent anti-fascist.

She is a businesswoman who has worked in insurance and telecommunications. Between 1994 and 1996 she was president of the Italian state television company RAI. At the end of 1998, and for about a year, Letizia Moratti became chairman of News Corp Europe, a company headed by Rupert Murdoch and owner of Stream TV.

From 2001 to 2006 she was Minister of Education, Universities and Research in the second and third Berlusconi cabinet. During her administration reforms of the Italian school system and university teaching was passed.

She ran as a candidate for Mayor of Milan in the 2006 municipal election as the House of Freedoms candidate. She won the election, with over 52% of votes.[1] She ran again in the 2011 municipal election, facing the left-wing candidate Giuliano Pisapia, but lost both first and second round and failed to be re-elected.


Political offices
Preceded by
Tullio De Mauro (Instruction)
Giuliano Amato ad interim (University and Research)
Italian Minister of Education
Succeeded by
Giuseppe Fioroni (Instruction)
Fabio Mussi (University and Research)
Preceded by
Gabriele Albertini
Mayor of Milan
2006 – 2011
Succeeded by
Giuliano Pisapia