Renato Ruggiero (9 April 1930 – 4 August 2013) was an Italian politician. He was Director-General of the World Trade Organisation from 1995 to 1999 and briefly served as Italy's Foreign Minister in 2001.[1]


Born in Naples on 9 April 1930, Ruggiero graduated from Naples University in 1953 with a law degree.[2] He has held posts as Commerce secretary and in many private firms such as Fiat and the energy firm ENI. Ruggiero entered the foreign service following a degree in law from the University of Naples. After a brilliant career he became a top ranking diplomat managing tough situations in the 1980s such as the Sigonella crisis. He is famous for his ability as a tough negotiator and has thus earned the nickname of "Rocky" Ruggiero. At the time of his death in 2013, Ruggiero was an Ambassador and was working for Citigroup. He was a member of the Steering Committee of the Bilderberg Group.[3]


Ruggiero was awarded the Grand Cross of the Order of the Sacred Treasure by the government of Japan.[4]


  1. ^ "E' morto l'ex ministro Renato Ruggiero: guidò la Farnesina sotto il governo Berlusconi". Repubblica.it. Retrieved 2013-08-05. 
  2. ^ "Berlusconi cabinet". VIPS. Retrieved 9 June 2013. 
  3. ^ "Former Steering Committee Members". bilderbergmeetings.org. Bilderberg Group. Retrieved 2014-02-08. 
  4. ^ L'Harmattan web site (in French)
Political offices
Preceded by
Peter Sutherland
Director-General of the World Trade Organization
Succeeded by
Mike Moore
Preceded by
Lamberto Dini
Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs
Succeeded by
Silvio Berlusconi