Giovanni di Averardo di Bicci de' Medici

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Giovanni di Averardo di Bicci de' Medici (De Medici)

Birthplace: Florence, Tuscany, Italy
Death: Died in Florence, Tuscany, Italy
Place of Burial: Florence, Florence, Tuscany, Italy
Immediate Family:

Son of Averardo 'di Bicci' de' Medici and Jacopa Spini
Husband of Piccarda Bueri
Father of Damiano de' Medici; Cosimo de' Medici, 'il Vecchio'; Lorenzo de' Medici, il Vecchio and Antonio de' Medici
Brother of Francesco de' Medici, il Vecchio and Antonia de' Medici

Occupation: Ruler of Florence and Gonfaloniere, banker
Managed by: Flemming Allan Funch
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About Giovanni di Averardo di Bicci de' Medici'_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

Florence, Tuscany, Italy
September 27, 1389
Age 29
Florence, Florence, Tuscany, Italy
Age 29
Florence, Florence, Tuscany, Italy
Age 34
Florence, Italy
February 20, 1429
Age 69
Florence, Tuscany, Italy
Florence, Florence, Tuscany, Italy