Mario Monti Fast Facts

(CNN)Here is a look at the life of Mario Monti.

Birth date:
March 19, 1943

Birth place: Varese, Italy

Marriage: Elsa Monti

Children: Giovanni and Federica

Education: Bocconi University, Milan, degree in economics, 1965; Post graduate studies at Yale University

Religion: Catholic

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    Nicknamed Super Mario.

    President of Bocconi University.

    Honorary president of Bruegel, a think tank for economic policy.

    International advisor to Goldman Sachs.

    - Economics professor at the University of Turin.

    1978-1994 - Writes economic commentary for Corriere della Sera, a daily newspaper.

    1989-1994 - Rector of Bocconi University.

    1995-1999 - Member of the European Commission as Commissioner for Internal Market, Financial Services and Financial Integration Customs, and Taxation.

    1999-2004 - Member of the European Commission as Commissioner for Competition.

    2001 - As the European Commission's competition commissioner, Monti engineers the Commission's block of GE's $42 billion acquisition of Honeywell International.

    2004 - The European Commission fines Microsoft more than $600 million for being in violation of EU competition law.

    2005-2008 - Chairman of Bruegel, a think tank.

    November 16, 2011 - Is sworn in as Italy's prime minister.

    December 21, 2012 - Monti resigns.

    February 24-25, 2013 - Monti's bloc comes in fourth in parliamentary elections.