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The Mystery Man Who Runs Italy’s ‘Five Star’ From the Shadows

Mar 01, 2018 - The New York Times

MILAN — He may potentially be the most powerful man in Italy, yet few people know who he is. Foreign ambassadors seek him out, even though he holds no public office. He claims to be but a simple member of a political movement, volunteering free technical assistance, but critics say he and his small Milan company control the votes, the candidates and the policies of the country’s leading party.

As Italy faces critical national elections on Sunday, the media-shy internet entrepreneur, Da...