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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 2,151,829 page views. His biography is available in 39 different languages on Wikipedia. Salvatore Riina is the 7th most popular mafioso (down from 4th in 2019), the 434th most popular biography from Italy (down from 309th in 2019) and the 2nd 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 7 out of 52Before him are Pablo Escobar, Al Capone, Billy the Kid, Lucky Luciano, John Dillinger, and Jesse James. After him are Jack Ruby, Frank Abagnale, Bernie Madoff, Jeffrey Epstein, Meyer Lansky, and Karl Gebhardt.

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Among people born in 1930, Salvatore Riina ranks 19Before him are Hafez al-Assad, Steve McQueen, Buzz Aldrin, Mobutu Sese Seko, Baudouin of Belgium, and Gene Hackman. After him are Silvana Mangano, Anton LaVey, Richard Harris, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Pete Conrad, and Philippe Noiret. Among people deceased in 2017, Salvatore Riina ranks 11Before him are Zygmunt Bauman, Michael I of Romania, Gene Cernan, David Rockefeller, Zbigniew Brzezinski, and Jeanne Moreau. After him are Raymond Kopa, Chuck Berry, Jalal Talabani, Hugh Hefner, John Hurt, and Mireille Darc.

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In Italy

Among people born in Italy, Salvatore Riina ranks 434 out of 4,668Before him are Pope Celestine IV (1200), Arturo Toscanini (1867), Gaius Maecenas (-68), Jacopo Peri (1561), Pope Honorius I (585), and Pope Symmachus (460). After him are Roberto Benigni (1952), Parmigianino (1503), John Cabot (1450), Pope Zosimus (400), Giulietta Masina (1921), and Petronius Maximus (396).

Among MAFIOSOS In Italy

Among mafiosos born in Italy, Salvatore Riina ranks 2Before him are Lucky Luciano (1897). After him are Bernardo Provenzano (1933), Vito Genovese (1897), Salvatore Giuliano (1922), Vito Cascio Ferro (1862), and Salvatore Maranzano (1886).