Salvatore Riina

1930 - 2017

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Salvatore Riina (Italian pronunciation: [salvaˈtoːre (toˈtɔ r)riˈiːna]; 16 November 1930 – 17 November 2017), called Totò 'u Curtu (Sicilian for '"Totò the Short"', Totò being the diminutive of Salvatore), was an Italian mobster and chief of the Sicilian Mafia, known for a ruthless murder campaign that reached a peak in the early 1990s with the assassinations of Antimafia Commission prosecutors Giovanni Falcone and Paolo Borsellino, resulting in widespread public outcry and a major crackdown by the authorities. He was also known by the nicknames la belva ("the beast") and il capo dei capi (Sicilian: 'u capu di 'i capi, "the boss of bosses"). Riina succeeded Luciano Leggio as head of the Corleonesi criminal organisation in the mid 1970s and achieved dominance through a campaign of violence, which caused police to target his rivals. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Salvatore Riina has received more than 1,653,048 page views. His biography is available in 39 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 38 in 2019). Salvatore Riina is the 4th most popular mafioso (up from 6th in 2019), the 309th most popular biography from Italy (up from 402nd in 2019) and the most popular Italian Mafioso.

Salvatore Riina is most famous for being the boss of the Sicilian Mafia. He was also known as "The Beast" and "The Boss of Bosses." Riina was arrested in 1993 and is currently serving a life sentence.

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Among mafiosos, Salvatore Riina ranks 4 out of 54Before him are Pablo Escobar, Al Capone, and Billy the Kid. After him are Lucky Luciano, Jesse James, Jack Ruby, Bernie Madoff, Frank Abagnale, John Dillinger, Jeffrey Epstein, and Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán.

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Among people born in 1930, Salvatore Riina ranks 17Before him are Hafez al-Assad, Jacques Derrida, Jean-Luc Godard, Ray Charles, Buzz Aldrin, and Mobutu Sese Seko. After him are Gene Hackman, Baudouin of Belgium, Philippe Noiret, Richard Harris, Jean-Louis Trintignant, and Anton LaVey. Among people deceased in 2017, Salvatore Riina ranks 9Before him are David Rockefeller, Helmut Kohl, Gene Cernan, Chuck Berry, Zygmunt Bauman, and Stanislav Petrov. After him are Michael I of Romania, Hugh Hefner, Jeanne Moreau, Jalal Talabani, Jerry Lewis, and John Hurt.

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In Italy

Among people born in Italy, Salvatore Riina ranks 309 out of 4,088Before him are Gaius Gracchus (-154), Luigi Boccherini (1743), Camillo Benso, Count of Cavour (1810), Sallust (-86), Gallienus (218), and Saint Cecilia (200). After him are Lucius Tarquinius Priscus (-700), Giovanni Domenico Cassini (1625), Bartolomeo Cristofori (1655), Dario Fo (1926), Antonio Canova (1757), and Torquato Tasso (1544).

Among MAFIOSOS In Italy

Among mafiosos born in Italy, Salvatore Riina ranks 1After him are Lucky Luciano (1897), Bernardo Provenzano (1933), Vito Genovese (1897), and Salvatore Giuliano (1922).