ITALY: Still on Top

Italians agree that Enrico Mattei is some go-getter. A policeman's son, slim, faultlessly tailored Financier Mattei in 14 years has built the state-owned ENI oil and gas monopoly from a stagnant relic of fascism into the nation's most powerful business enterprise, a sprawling empire that also makes soap and margarine and manufactures iron and steel. But Mattei has many enemies who dislike his contempt for private enterprise, resent his roughshod methods, and fear the considerable political power he wields as ENI's boss.

At the end of a senatorial look into his budget...

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