Giuseppe Volpi


Giuseppe Volpi, 1st Count of
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(19 November 1877 – 16 November 1947) was an Italian businessman and politician. Count Volpi developed utilities which brought electricity to
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, northeast
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by 1903. In 1911–1912, he acted as a negotiator in ending the
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. He was the governor of the colony of
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from 1921 until 1925. As the
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from 1925 until 1928, Volpi successfully negotiated Italy's
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debt repayment with the United States and with the United Kingdom, pegged the value of the lira to the value of gold, and implemented free trade policies. He was replaced in July 1928 by
Antonio Mosconi
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. Volpi also founded the Venice Film Festival. His son was automobile racing manager Giovanni Volpi. His grand daughter is Countess Marina Cicogna, 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".

See also

* Palazzo D'Anna Viaro Martinengo Volpi di Misurata * Armando Brasini


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* 1877 births 1947 deaths Counts of Italy Italian nobility People of former Italian colonies Italian fascists Mussolini Cabinet Government ministers of Italy Finance ministers of Italy Businesspeople from Venice Politicians from Venice Film festival founders Italian people of the Italo-Turkish War Presidents of Confindustria Italian colonial governors and administrators {{Italy-politician-stub