Società Generale Immobiliare

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Società Generale Immobiliare (English: The General Company of Real Estate) was once the largest real estate and construction company in Italy. It was founded in Turin in 1862 but then moved to Rome in 1870 with the unification of Italy. After moving to Rome, the company became interested in the pastoral land around Rome and ended up buying it. With the growth of Rome, the company grew as real estate prices rose. With time, the company's activities changed from focusing on real estate to focusing on construction. One of the people to lead Immobiliare in the construction direction was Aldo Samaritani (1904–96) who joined the company in 1933. The company is famous for building numerous residential buildings throughout Italy.[1][2]

Immobiliare's largest shareholder was the Vatican, which held 15% of the shares. However, most of the Vatican's holdings in the company were sold in the late 1960s to Gulf and Western.

It is the predecessor of Group SGI which was brought under the control of Opus Dei in the early 1990s. The company was also involved in the scandal of Banco Ambrosiano.

Immobiliare, under the name of "Internazionale Immobiliare", is featured in The Godfather Part III as part of main character Michael Corleone's efforts to legitimize his fortune.[3]

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  2. ^ Di Manlio Cancogni (2015-09-01). "'Capitale corrotta, nazione infetta': l'inchiesta-scandalo di Manlio Cancogni sull'Espresso". l'Espresso (in Italian). Retrieved 2015-09-18.
  3. ^ J. D. Connor (8 April 2015). The Studios after the Studios: Neoclassical Hollywood (1970-2010). Stanford University Press. pp. 89–. ISBN 978-0-8047-9474-9.