ITALY: The Lady Magnate of Milan

In Italy, where women are known more for their success in the kitchen than in the countinghouse, the world of high finance has long been considered the preserve of males. Now, because of the publicity accompanying the merger of two giant real estate companies, Italians have become aware that a woman, Anna Bonomi-Bolchini, is giving their country's top financial wizards a real run for their money.

Long before Anna's real estate and construction company, Beni Immobili Italia, last year joined SACIE, a larger rival in the building business, the 60-year-old Milan matron...

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