Raffaele Riva Is A Famous Italian Engineer And Politician
His work includes many important buildings in Italy, such as the Palazzo Chigi. He also founded Italcementi with his brother Pietro. He will be remembered for designing several buildings for major cities in Italy. His most renowned designs include the Cimitero Monumentale di Milano and the Palazzo della Civiltà del Lavoro in Rome. Riva was also one of the Gruppo Toscano Building Materials founders and remains an honorary president today.
Raffaele Riva was one of only two people to receive honorary citizenship from their own country (the other being King Albert I). Originally from Alcamo, Sicily, he is currently a member of the Chamber of Deputies of Italy.
Raffaele Riva was born into a modest family in Alcamo. His father was Pietro Riva, and his mother was Rosaria Mila. Riva was educated in his hometown, then in Naples and Turin. He later attended the University of Turin and graduated with honors in Engineering (Ingenieria Civile).
He met Giuseppe Di Vittorio while studying at Turin University, who helped him start as an engineer. Di Vittorio owned Italcementi, then one of Italy’s largest concrete companies. At this time, Riva joined Italcementi and worked there for the next twenty years.
Raffaele Riva was made a senior executive at Italcementi in 1973 and president of the company in 1976. He opened its offices in the United States in 1979 and worked there until 1982. From 1982 to 1985, he served as Undersecretary of State in charge of Building Material Production at the Italian Ministry. After a brief return to private practice, Riva was elected Senator for Turin and Montalto Dora (based on his hometown) in 1992, nearly four decades after graduating from Turin University. He was re-elected five times since then, serving until 2006.
In 2006, Riva was accused of misappropriating about $3 million in public funds.
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