Renato Soru in 2019
|President of Sardinia|
26 June 2004 – 27 February 2009
|Preceded by||Italo Masala|
|Succeeded by||Ugo Cappellacci|
|Born||6 August 1957|
|Political party||Democratic Party|
|Alma mater||Bocconi University|
Renato Soru (born 6 August 1957) is an Italian politician and entrepreneur, the founder of the internet service company Tiscali, based in Cagliari. Forbes listed him as one of the world's richest people, with a net worth of over $4 billion (US) as of September 2001.
Early life and career
In 2004 Soru was elected President of the Sardinia Region with the center-left coalition with an audacious program to reinvigorate the economy within the island by introducing external investors, but on 28 November 2008 he resigned from his position. He ran again for President of Sardinia in the February 2009 election but was defeated by the right-wing Popolo della Libertà candidate Ugo Cappellacci.
On 5 May 2016 he was sentenced to three years in prison for tax evasion that amounted to about 2.6 million euro and was connected to a loan made by the company Andalas Ldt to Tiscali. The sentence was reversed by the Italian court of appeal on 8 May 2017. Out of 5 counts, Soru was cleared from 3 "because the fact is not a crime" and 2 "because the fact did not happen".
- Bernhard, Marcella, "Forbes Faces: Renato Soru", Forbes, 1 Oktober 2001
- Forbes listing from "World's Richest People" (archived 2011)
- Personal profile of Renato Soru in the European Parliament's database of members
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