Giovanni di Averardo di Bicci de' Medici (1360 - 1429)

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Birthplace: Florence, Tuscany, Italy
Death: Died in Florence, Tuscany, Italy
Occupation: Ruler of Florence and Gonfaloniere, banker
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About Giovanni di Averardo di Bicci de' Medici

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Giovanni_di_Bicci_de%27_Medici -------------------- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Giovanni_de'_Medici_(1360%E2%80%931429) -------------------- Giovanni di Bicci de' Medici (1360 – February 20/28, 1429) was an Italian banker, the first historically relevant member of Medici family of Florence, and the founder of the Medici bank. He was the father of Cosimo de' Medici (Pater Patriae), and great-grandfather of Lorenzo de Medici (the Magnificent).

Though he is considered the founder of the rich Medici dynasty, he was not born into a rich family. The little money left by his father was divided between a widow and five sons, leaving Giovanni with little.

Giovanni was somewhat uninterested in politics, unless the issues pertained to him or his bank. Often when his name was put forward to participate in the Florentine government (reggimento), he chose to pay the fine rather than serve, although he did serve one term as Gonfaloniere.

Giovanni was the head of an early "multi-national" company, as the family bank, his main commercial interest, had branches throughout the northern Italian city-states and beyond. In 1410, Giovanni bet on the return of the papacy to Rome, and was correct. Rewarding Giovanni for his support, subsequent popes made use of the de' Medici banks. Giovanni was also rewarded with tax-farming contracts and the rights to many alum mines. He set his family on the path to becoming one of the richest dynasties in Europe, thereby making an essential stride towards its later cultural and political eminence. -------------------- Founder of the Medici dynasty and bank

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Giovanni di Averardo di Bicci de' Medici's Timeline

1360
1360
Florence, Tuscany, Italy
1384
1384
Age 24
Florence,,,Italy
1389
September 27, 1389
Age 29
Florence, Florence, Tuscany, Italy
1389
Age 29
Florence, Florence, Tuscany, Italy
1394
1394
Age 34
Florence, Italy
1429
February 20, 1429
Age 69
Florence, Tuscany, Italy
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Florence, Florence, Tuscany, Italy