Renato Ruggiero

Amintore Fanfani Silvio Berlusconi Agostino Depretis
Renato Ruggiero
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Director-General of the World Trade Organization
In office
1 May 1995 – 1 September 1999
Preceded byPeter Sutherland
Succeeded byMike Moore
Minister of Foreign Affairs
In office
11 June 2001 – 6 January 2002
Prime MinisterSilvio Berlusconi
Preceded byGiuliano Amato
Succeeded bySilvio Berlusconi
Minister of Foreign Trade
In office
28 July 1987 – 12 April 1991
Prime MinisterGiovanni Goria
Ciriaco De Mita
Giulio Andreotti
Preceded byMario Sarcinelli
Succeeded byVito Lattanzio
Personal details
Born(1930-04-09)9 April 1930
Naples, Italy
Died4 August 2013(2013-08-04) (aged 83)
Milan, Italy
Political partyItalian Socialist Party
Spouse(s)Paola Tomacelli Filomarino
other two sons
Alma materUniversity of Naples Federico II

Renato Ruggiero (9 April 1930 – 4 August 2013) was an Italian politician. He was Director-General of the World Trade Organization from 1995 to 1999 and briefly served as Italy's Foreign Minister in 2001.[1]


Born in Naples on 9 April 1930, Ruggiero graduated from Naples University in 1953 with a law degree.[2] He has held posts as Commerce secretary and in many private firms such as Fiat and the energy firm ENI. Ruggiero entered the foreign service following a degree in law from the University of Naples. After a brilliant, career he became a top ranking diplomat managing tough situations in the 1980s such as the Sigonella crisis. He is famous for his ability as a tough negotiator and has thus earned the nickname of "Rocky" Ruggiero. At the time of his death in 2013, Ruggiero was an Ambassador and was working for Citigroup. He was a member of the Steering Committee of the Bilderberg Group.[3]


Ruggiero was awarded the Grand Cross of the Order of the Sacred Treasure by the government of Japan.[4]


  1. ^ "E' morto l'ex ministro Renato Ruggiero: guidò la Farnesina sotto il governo Berlusconi". Retrieved 2013-08-05.
  2. ^ "Berlusconi cabinet". VIPS. Retrieved 9 June 2013.
  3. ^ "Former Steering Committee Members". Bilderberg Group. Retrieved 2014-02-08.
  4. ^ L'Harmattan web site (in French)