Licio Gelli

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Licio Gelli
Licio Gelli in paramenti.jpg
Gelli in 1981
Born(1919-04-21)April 21, 1919
DiedDecember 15, 2015(2015-12-15) (aged 96)
Arezzo, Tuscany, Italy
NationalityItalian
OccupationFinancier, freemason, politics
OrganizationPropaganda Due (until 1982)
Political partyNational Fascist Party
(1939-1943)
Republican Fascist Party
(1943-1945)
Spouse(s)Wanda Vannacci (1944-1993; her death)
Gabriela Vasile (2006-2015; his death)
ChildrenRaffaello (1947)
Maria Rosa (1956)
Maurizio (1959)

Licio Gelli (Italian pronunciation: [ˈlitʃo ˈdʒɛlli]; April 21, 1919 – December 15, 2015) was an Italian financier, politician, and writer. He was known for his role in the Banco Ambrosiano scandal. He was revealed in 1981 as being the Venerable Master of the clandestine lodge Propaganda Due (P2).

Early life[change | change source]

Gelli was born in Pistoia, Tuscany. During the 1930s, Gelli volunteered for the Blackshirts expeditionary forces sent by Mussolini in support of Francisco Franco's rebellion in the Spanish Civil War.[1]

Nobel Prize nomination[change | change source]

In 1996, Gelli was nominated as a candidate for the Nobel Prize in Literature, supported by Mother Teresa and Naguib Mahfouz.[2]

Death[change | change source]

Gelli died in Arezzo, Tuscany from respiratory failure at the age of 96.[3]

Further reading[change | change source]

  • Ginsborg, Paul (2003). Italy and Its Discontents, London: Palgrave Macmillan ISBN 1-4039-6152-2 (Review Institute of Historical Research | Review New York Times)

References[change | change source]

  1. "The Suitcase Scandalo". Newsweek. 1981-06-08.
  2. Dario Fertilio (February 17, 2006). "«Licio Gelli si merita la vittoria»: parola di Madre Teresa e Mahfuz". Corriere della Sera (in Italian).
  3. Loggia P2: è morto Licio Gelli Una vita tra intrighi e segreti (Italian)

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