Giampiero Cantoni

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Person.png Giampiero Cantoni  Rdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
(businessman, banker, politician)
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Born10 February 1939
Milan, Italy
Died9 May 2012 (Age 73)
Rome, Italy
Alma materUniversity of Milan, SDA-Bocconi
PartyForza Italia, Popolo della Libertà
Italian entrepreneur and Senator for Silvio Berlusconi's party. Exposed as confidential informant to the US embassy.

Employment.png Senator of the Italian Republic

In office
May 30, 2001 - May 9, 2012

Gianpiero Carlo Cantoni was an Italian entrepreneur, banker, economist, academic and politician, a member of Parliament for Forza Italia, and later of the Popolo della Libertà. He was elected to the Senate in 2001, with the role of deputy leader of Forza Italia in the Senate. He was also a university professor, columnist and commentator on economic and social facts for various newspapers and television programs.

He attended the 1991 Bilderberg meeting.


He graduated in Economics from the University of Milan in 1964 and a post-graduate master's degree in Management from SDA-Bocconi in 1976. In 1992 he received the Honoris Causa Degree in Mathematics at the University of Camerino.


In 1964 he founded an electromechanical company for the construction of electric motors, transformers, speed gearmotors and tools, which is now the holding company of a diversified group of companies.

He was lecturer at the Bocconi University in Milan and senior lecturer at the Bocconi School of Business Management itself, at the University of Cassino, at the Free University of San Pio V in Rome (of which he has been president of the Board of Directors since 1996 to 2005) and at the Guglielmo Marconi University of Rome, where he held teaching positions.

He was at the head of the Milan Research Consortium and the Society of Fine Arts and Permanent Exhibition of Milan.

From December 2009 to his death he was the Presidency of the Fiera Milano Foundation. He was a member of the Scientific Committee of Ernst & Young, of the Board of Directors of the Alcide De Gasperi Foundation and of the Scientific Committee of the weekly magazine Panorama Economy. Finally, Giampiero Cantoni was President of the fourth Permanent Defense Commission in the Italian Senate.

He was president of IBI (Italian Banking Institute) from 1982 to 1989. Subsequently, he held the presidency of Efibanca and of the Banca Nazionale del Lavoro from 1989 to 1994, as well as the Vice Presidency of Mediocredito Centrale, and of the Italian Banking Association.

He has published several books on economic issues.

He suddenly passed away in 2012 at the age of 73.[1] HonorsEdit

Confidential informant

One of the files on the WikiLeaks website reveals that Cantoni was a confidential informant to a US embassy official, reporting his concern for the health of Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, worn out by sleepless nights spent partying[2]. This was learned from a confidential cable from the US embassy in Rome.[3]

Cantoni rejected these revelations, declaring: "From the document released by WikiLeaks, I read with further surprise and bewilderment that Premier Berlusconi would have called me to inform me of the arrest of carabinieri in the Marrazzo case and that I would have confided in the role and the reliability of the Italian intelligence services. I must therefore specify and deny in the most absolute and categorical way that Berlusconi has never phoned me or informed me about what was reported in the WikiLeaks document about this arrest, nor have I ever expressed assessments regarding the role and reliability of the our intelligence services, especially since it is not a matter of my institutional competence."[4]


Event Participated in

Bilderberg/19916 June 19919 June 1991Germany
Steigenberger Hotel Badischer Hof
The 39th Bilderberg, 114 guests