Mar. 19, 1943, son of a banker, in Varese, north of Milan.ACADEMIC LIFE
Earned degree in economics and management from Bocconi University in 1965. Appointed professor of monetary theory in 1971, becoming rector of Bocconi in 1989 and president in 1994. Also studied economics at Yale University in 1968-69.REFORMER
Helped draft Italy's first law on competition and was a key player in banking reform in late 1980s.EU POSTS
Commissioner for Internal Market, 1995-99; Commissioner for Competition, 1999-2004.PASSIONS
Books, mountain biking, Inter Milan soccer club, operas at La Scala.