Letizia Moratti

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Letizia Moratti
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Born (1949-11-26) 26 November 1949 (age 68)
Milan, Italy
Nationality Italian
Alma mater University of Milan
  • company manager
  • politician
Board member of UBI Banca
Spouse(s) Gian Marco Moratti
Children Gilda Moratti
Gabriele Moratti
Mayor of Milan
In office
1 June 2006 – 1 June 2011
Preceded by Gabriele Albertini
Succeeded by Giuliano Pisapia
Italian Minister of Education
In office
11 June 2001 – 17 May 2006
Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi
Preceded by Tullio De Mauro
Succeeded by Giuseppe Fioroni
Chairwoman of RAI
In office
12 July 1994 – 24 April 1996
Preceded by Claudio Demattè
Succeeded by Giuseppe Morello
Personal details
Political party

Letizia Moratti (born Letizia Brichetto Arnaboldi; 26 November 1949) is an Italian businesswoman and former politician. She is the former mayor of Milan and current chairwoman of the management board of UBI Banca.


Moratti was born in Milan. She was 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.[citation needed]

She is a businesswoman who has worked in insurance and telecommunications. Between 1994 and 1996 she was chairperson 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.

Mayor of Milan[edit]

Expo 2015[edit]

Under Moratti, Milan was selected in 2007 as hosting city for the Expo 2015. Its rival İzmir, Turkey, lost for 61 votes against 86 in the Bureau des Expositions gather in the Palais des congrès of Paris.[2] Moratti was Commissioner of the Expo until 2011, when after his electoral lost, resigned herself as Commissioner, for respect to the new administration.[3]

The Moratti Administration also continued the Gabriele Albertini's parkings program, and in 2006 created 64,000 underground parking spaces, also in neighborhoods like Naviglio Grande and Sant'Ambrogio's zone.[4] In 2007 Moratti launched the "Cycle Mobiliting Plan", that foreseed 53 km of cycling infrastructures, 2,385 new racks in 1,174 different localities, with 5,000 bikes and 250 stations in all city within 2011. In 2008 Moratti created the Ecopass, a road pricing, in the Milan Center. This decision received several critics also in his majority. In 2010 she also launched the use of public electric car in various zones of her city.[5][6]

Moratti proposed unsuccessfully a park dedicated to Bettino Craxi, the controversial Socialist leader died in exile to Hammamet in 2000.[7]


  • In 2006 Moratti was accused of fire 10 dirigents of the city. For this spoils system, Moratti was convicted for office's abuse. However, the sentence was archivied because her acts weren't illegal.
  • She served in the city council only 6 presences in 2008 and 3 in 2009.
  • In 2007 Moratti intervened to prevent the opening of Art and Homosexuality - From von Gloeden to Pierre et Gilles at the Palazzo della Ragione in Milan. Curated by Eugenio Viola, promoted by Vittorio Sgarbi, Moratti backed objections to the exhibition from Catholic politicians insisted that it would only proceed if a blacklist of works were removed on the ground that they could be offensive for Catholics and unsuitable for children.
  • Moratti appointed Lucio Stanca, a member of the Chamber of Deputies, as managing director for the Expo 2015, despite the vote of the city council against her decision.[8]
  • In 2010, a civil court complainted against Moratti Administration, the Minister Roberto Maroni and the prefect of Milan Gan Valerio Lombardi for the lack appointment of popular houses to 10 Romani families, called it as "racist gesture".[9] The accuseds justified themselves like the Romani are a nomadic people.


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
Succeeded by
Giuliano Pisapia