ITALY: Romulus & Son

ITALY Romulus & Son

Italians call him the man who built modern Rome. Stocky, stingy and strongwilled, Romolo Vaselli, 75, has turned the Eternal City from a decaying, pest-ridden capital of 500,000 into a marble and concrete metropolis with a population (1,800,000) surpassing that of Augustus' golden days. He has also made himself, as city tax records certify, the richest Roman of them all, worth some 100 billion lire ($160 million).

The Builder. At the age of 19, Vaselli enlisted in the army for one single purpose: to save enough money to buy...

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