GMO Journalists: De Bortoli


I don’t like getting haughty about people. And so, now that everyone is saying bad things about Tronchetti I want to say nice things about him. But however much I try, I just can’t. I’ve decided to get help from one of the best writers in Italian journalism: Ferruccio De Bortoli, director of Il Sole 24 Ore. I’m extracting paragraphs from his preface to a recent biography about Tronchetti: ‘L’industriale’, {the Industrialist}, the happiest passages. The truest ones.

“There’s the story of a passion, now rare: industry. With many challenges accepted, some that are won, others that are ongoing and difficult.”

“The results count, privacy is a value, ostentation a weakness, the conviction that merit is to be shared among all the collaborators is a norm."

“ …he became a close collaborator with Sozzani at Pirelli & C.; he worked at the first company simplification of the Group. This was an experience that would be useful in the Telecom years to shorten the control chain and to be able to manage the difficult relationship between debts and cash flow.”

“He got the leadership through working on the ground, not as a member of a dynasty. Leopoldo Pirelli chose him as a successor because of his personal qualities and not because of family connections.”

“ …. the Optical case or rather the Otusa one, of the greatest value creation in recent industrial history. … the possibility of concluding with Corning, that aims to be a world market leader, the separation of the photonic company for nearly 4,000,000,000 Euro! Pirelli was paid in cash…”

“ …. entrance of Pirelli in Telecom …. The OPA {Offerta Pubblica di Acquisto= tender offer} doesn’t go ahead and there’s a big uproar. But Tronchetti confessed to the author: `The ones that shout are the same ones who in the 1980s contributed to the creation of the junk bonds and they applauded an operation that is one of the most ugly ever to happen in Italy, the Telecom OPA.’ The one used by the Po Valley race, who sadly are now famous, managed to get generous capital gains that were not paid to the tax authorities.”

“The challenge in Telecom on an industrial and on a financial level is certainly not concluded. But there are results. In a single year, for example, there’s been a cost reduction of 2,000,000,000 Euro. The control pyramid is simplified with a merger with Olivetti and later with Tim.”

“ … certainly you can’t say that he’s not an industrialist. And this is perhaps the biggest compliment that he can have. There are very few true industrialists left. And Tronchetti is convinced, and he has on many occasions said this even in his role as vice president of the Confindustria, {employer’s association} that a system in a modern country must prepare a new and solid generation of entrepreneurs who are keen to innovate and take risks.”

I’ve got a photo of De Bortoli on my bedside table. Every night before he goes to sleep, my son Ciro always asks me to tell him De Bortoli’s daily fairy story.

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I thik that using GMO is good way to solve the problem of food resorce, GMO is safety. There is no thing identfying risk.

Posted by: Phil | November 3, 2007 01:37 AM

The best way to get a good night sleep,,,,,,,,,,,,sex WBR LeoP

Posted by: Pharmaceutical | March 19, 2007 05:22 AM

Joselle: ROTFLMAO is wonderful!!!!!

Posted by: Raffaella Biferale | September 27, 2006 04:10 PM

What I'd like to know is whether this journalist was paid to write that article by the man himself. All this euphoria and praise. Too suspicious to be that good, right?


Raffaella, it appears you are too dishy for someone. :o))))) I was really kicking me sides with laughter, or to go one better than Paola, ROTFLMAO :o)))))
Yes, right... rolling on the floor [without carpeting] laughing my ass off!!! Some people can be soooooooooo funny!!

Posted by: Joselle Camilleri | September 27, 2006 07:43 AM

Eva: you are right. Peppiniello is the best to throw some light on this theme!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Raffaella Biferale | September 26, 2006 11:53 AM

girls ,I was thinking to joing in the sex therapy!it would have been fun!pecorina position or the missionary position,?Peppiniello can enlithening us of was is the best way.........ciao:-)))

Posted by: evakulnura | September 26, 2006 11:19 AM

I knew it...!!!
(you were not around and that was obvious for those who follow your posts...)
That's why I was laughing so loud....:o)))
I was even expecting an answer which never came of course....

Posted by: paola filinesi | September 26, 2006 10:56 AM

The one who was posting in my name, talking about sex therapy was A CLONE!!!!!
I was not at home at this time!
PS) Hi Peppiniello da Capua! Welcome back!
How are you? I'm just coming back from Bergamo airport! ;-)

Posted by: Raffaella Biferale | September 26, 2006 01:50 AM

Well now...let's re capitulate:

1)" at least we can communicate like civilized people....:o)))"

2)"...try to not throw shit on people."


3)Have a SENSE OF HUMOR which obviously you don't...:o((

Posted by: paola filinesi | September 24, 2006 06:12 PM

Whatever you say buddy, is fine with me.

HEre we try to not throw shit on people.

Posted by: Peppiniello da Capua | September 24, 2006 05:34 PM

Galeazzi's friend,

no one actually reads Grillo's posts.

Posted by: George Bush | September 24, 2006 03:23 PM

So beppegrillo/.it/eng is a blog exclusively dedicated to advanced English speaking Italians, the only ones civilized in the opinion of certain people.. bah..

PS: credo che qualcuno non abbia capito l'ultima battuta del post di Beppe; ma forse sono solo un pò presuntuso. Bye..

Posted by: Galeazzi's friends | September 24, 2006 02:43 PM


If you post your research results on the blog I am in....ROTFLOL :o))))))
(explanation= Rolling On The Floor Laughing Out Loud)

I hope you will excuse me I know this was a serious post....:~/

Posted by: paola filinesi | September 23, 2006 07:26 PM

Beppe, Raf is right!

You always talk about the Tronchetto guy and never about the Abbagnale Brothers!!:))))

Posted by: Peppiniello da Capua | September 23, 2006 06:09 PM



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If you are interested in participating, please contact me on my website:

Posted by: Raffaella Biferale | September 23, 2006 05:21 PM

But you don't know the trick....We read the Italian post and we come here and answer in English because here at least we can communicate like civilized people....:o)))

Please...You are spoiling the fun, Eva wanted to hear all about it....
The men can go have a brandy and a cigar....:o))))

Posted by: paola filinesi | September 23, 2006 04:09 PM

Beppe, my dear, I wrote the same on the italian blog: I know that at the moment everybody in Italy is talking about The Tronchetto-affair, but, please, on this blog we are reading about him since the dim and distant past!!!!;-) We can't stand it any longer!!! ;-)))))))))))

Posted by: Raffaella Biferale | September 23, 2006 03:54 PM

Hi Beppe, i'm italian but i'm studing in Finland...your sense of humour doesn't get lost in in italiano è tutta un'altra cosa!!!!
U r great!!

Posted by: FABIO | September 23, 2006 09:43 AM

Well Beppe,how about telling us De Bortoli's daily fairy story too,it is funny? hope so, let's hear!

Posted by: evakulnura | September 23, 2006 02:16 AM

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