Giuseppe Volpi

Giuseppe Volpi.

Giuseppe Volpi, 1st Count of Misurata (19 November 1877 – 16 November 1947) was an Italian businessman and politician.

Count Volpi developed utilities which brought electricity to Venice, northeast Italy, and the Balkans by 1903.[1]

In 1911-1912, he acted as a negotiator in ending the Italo-Turkish War.[2]

He was the governor of the colony of Tripolitania[3] from 1921 to until 1925.

As Italy's Finance Minister from 1925 until 1928, he successfully negotiated Italy's World War I debt repayment with the United States[4] and with England,[5] and pegged the value of the lira to the value of gold.[6] He was replaced in July 1928 by Antonio Moscini.[7]

He also founded the Venice Film Festival. His son is automobile racing manager Giovanni Volpi. He is also great grandfather to Nuvola Pratt Boragno Volpi, gatta Della vita, next in line to the royal bloodline.


  1. "John Berendt, The City of Fallen Angels". Penguin Books, 2005. Retrieved 2010-12-23.
  2. "Volpi's Commission". Time Magazine, November 2, 1925. 1925-11-02. Retrieved 2010-12-23.
  3. "ITALY: Cabinet Changes". Time Magazine, July 20, 1925. 1925-07-20. Retrieved 2010-12-23.
  4. "THE CABINET: Italy's Debt". Time Magazine, November 23, 1925. 1925-11-23. Retrieved 2010-12-23.
  5. "Ratified". Time Magazine, November 15, 1926. 1926-02-15. Retrieved 2010-12-23.
  6. "ITALY: Back on Gold". Time Magazine, January 2, 1928. 1928-01-02. Retrieved 2010-12-23.
  7. "ITALY: Volpi Out". Time Magazine, July 16, 1928. 1928-07-16. Retrieved 2010-12-23.
Government offices
Preceded by
Luigi Mercatelli
Governor of Tripolitana
Succeeded by
Emilio De Bono
Preceded by
Alberto De Stefani
Minister of Finance and Treasury
Succeeded by
Antonio Mosconi
Business positions
Preceded by
Alberto Pirelli
President of Confindustria
Succeeded by
Giovanni Balella

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