Mario Draghi

Italian economist, academic, banker and politician; former prime minister of Italy

Mario Draghi OMRI GColIH BVO (Italian: [ˈmaːrjo ˈdraːɡi]; born 3 September 1947) is an Italian economist, central banker and politician. He was the Prime Minister of Italy from 2021 to 2022.[1][2]

Mario Draghi

Mario Draghi in 2021
Prime Minister of Italy
In office
13 February 2021 – 22 October 2022
PresidentSergio Mattarella
Preceded byGiuseppe Conte
Succeeded byGiorgia Meloni
President of the European Central Bank
In office
1 November 2011 – 31 October 2019
Vice PresidentVítor Constâncio
Luis de Guindos
Preceded byJean-Claude Trichet
Succeeded byChristine Lagarde
Chairman of the Financial Stability Board
In office
2 April 2006 – 4 November 2011
Preceded byRoger Ferguson
Succeeded byMark Carney
Governor of the Bank of Italy
In office
16 January 2006 – 31 October 2011
Preceded byAntonio Fazio
Succeeded byIgnazio Visco
Personal details
Born (1947-09-03) 3 September 1947 (age 76)
Rome, Italy
Political partyIndependent
Serena Cappello (m. 1973)
ResidenceChigi Palace, Rome
EducationSapienza University of Rome
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (PhD)

He was President of the European Central Bank from 2011 until 2019. Draghi was also the Chair of the Financial Stability Board from 2009 to 2011 and Governor of the Bank of Italy from 2005 to 2011.[3]

He has been nicknamed Super Mario by some media for his leadership during the Eurozone crisis.[4][5]

On 3 February 2021, during the COVID-19 pandemic, Draghi was invited by Italian President Sergio Mattarella to form a government of national unity after the resignation of Giuseppe Conte.[6][7][8] Draghi was sworn in as Prime Minister on 11 February 2022.[9] He has been a popular prime minister among public opinion and The Economist named Italy as 'Country of the Year' because of the Draghi leadership.[10]

On 14 July 2022, Draghi announced his resignation as Prime Minister of Italy, after the Five Star Movement withdrew from his national unity government; however his resignation is rejected by President Sergio Mattarella.[11] Eight days later on 22 July, Draghi announced his resignation for the second time with Mattarella accepting his resignation. Draghi remained in office as caretaker prime minister, until the formation of a new government following the general election in October 2022.[12] He was replaced by Giorgia Meloni.


  1. Mario Draghi sworn in as Italy's new prime minister, BBC
  2. Nasce il governo di Mario Draghi, con 8 tecnici e 15 ministri di sei partiti, Rai News
  3. Governatori e Direttori Generali: Mario Draghi, Banca d'Italia
  4. "Draghi, dal liceo a Roma alla guida della Bce: la storia di SuperMario". Sky TG24 (in Italian). Retrieved 6 January 2022.
  5. "'Super' Mario Draghi sworn in as Italy's new PM – can he save its economy like he saved the euro?". Sky News. Retrieved 6 January 2022.
  6. "Mattarella invites Draghi to form a new government". 2 February 2021. Retrieved 2 February 2021 – via Il Fatto Quotidiano.
  7. Johnson, Miles; Ghiglione, Davide (3 February 2021). "Mario Draghi accepts mandate to form new Italian government". Financial Times. Retrieved 4 February 2021.
  8. Horowitz, Jason (12 February 2021). "A Giant of Europe Prepares to Head Italy's New Unity Government". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 14 February 2021.
  9. "Mario Draghi sworn in as prime minister of Italy". The Guardian. 13 February 2021. Retrieved 11 February 2021.
  10. "The Economist crowns Italy 'Country of the Year'". 16 December 2021.
  11. "Italy's President Mattarella rejects Prime Minister Draghi's resignation". CNN. 14 July 2022. Retrieved 14 July 2022.
  12. Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi resigns as coalition collapses