Pompeo D'Ambrosio

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Pompeo D'Ambrosio with his daughter Antonella

Pompeo D'Ambrosio was born in San Marco Evangelista (near Napoli) in January first 1917 and died in Caracas in April 15, 1998. He was a pilot of the Italian air Force, a lieutenant of the Italian Army during WW2, a vice president of a bank in Venezuela and a manager-owner of a soccer team in Venezuela (the "Deportivo Italia");

Life[change | change source]

He moved to Venezuela with his family (he had a son and a daighter) in the early 1950s.

He was well known in the Italian community in Caracas and was very active - with his financial activity at one of Venezuela's leading banks ("Banco Latino") - in promoting the many successes of Italian entrepreneurs in Venezuela.

He was even a financial manager for "Deportivo Italia", the Italian community football club in Venezuela, during the "golden" years (in the sixties and seventies). Those years, when he ruled the team with his brother Mino, are remembered as the D'Ambrosio Era. The Deportivo Italia was awarded as the best football team of Venezuela in the XX century, by the FIFA's "International Federation of Football History and Statistics".

Influence on the Italian community in Venezuela[change | change source]

In 1951 Pompeo D'Ambrosio moved to Venezuela, where he began working as director of the "French and Italian Bank" (later called "Banco Latino"), funding the Italian community of Caracas, Maracaibo and Puerto La Cross.

Many Italian-Venezuelan companies, such as "Vinccler" and "Constructora Delpre" (who made the skyscrapers of the "Complexo Parque Central", actually the tallest in South America), received experienced advice and financial help to grow to the highest levels in the Venezuelan economy.

The historian Santander Laya-Garrido cites him, in his book "Los Italianos forjadores de la nacionalidad y del desarrollo económico en Venezuela" (The Italians creators of the nationality and the economic development of Venezuela), as an example of honesty and dedication to the community.[1]

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Notes[change | change source]

  1. Santander Laya-Garrido, Alfonso. Los Italianos forjadores de la nacionalidad y del desarrollo económico en Venezuela. pag 85

Bibliography[change | change source]

  • Briceño Javier. Un Sueño llamado Deportivo Petare. Universidad Catolica Andres Bello (Publicaciones y Tesis). Caracas, 2013 (Pompeo D'Ambrosio, p.33)
  • Santander Laya-Garrido, Alfonso. Los Italianos forjadores de la nacionalidad y del desarrollo economico en Venezuela. Editorial Vadell. Valencia, 1978.