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|Prime Minister of Italy|
November 5, 2010 -
|Preceded by:||Silvio Berlusconi|
|Minister of Business and Innovation|
August 18, 2010 - November 15, 2011
Member of House of Representatives
February 12, 1999 -
April 7 1961, Cuneo, Piedmont
|Birth name:||Daniela Garnero|
Lega Nazionale Socialista (1979 - 1983)
MSI (1983 - 1992)
National Alliance (1992 - 2011)
La Destra (2011 -)
|Spouse:||Paolo Santanche (1982 - 1995)|
|Alma mater:||Turin University|
|Occupation:||Entrepreneur, Journalist, Politician|
Santanche was born in 1961 in Cuneo, Piedmont. In 1979 she went to Turin University where she studied political sciences and business. In 1981 she entered a relationship plastic surgeon Paolo Santanche, after she became one of his patients, and married him the following year. She was employed by her husband as an administrator, before purchasing shares in several other growing businesses.
In 1984 she became a business partner with her husband, and subsequently formed her own investment company, The Santanche Corporation. The corporation was very successful, and by the time she was 30 she was a millionaire. In 1992 she left her husband, and a year later filed for divorce. During the divorce proceedings she fought a bitter battle against her husband over his plastic surgery business, and controversially gained 100% of his company, making him bankrupt.
Early Political Career
Santanche was born into a family holding very strong catholic views, and was brought up a Christian Democrat. During her time studying in her late teens she was appauled by the left wing student movements, and immediately joined the youth wing of the fascist lega nazionale socialista. However she became less active in the movement after her marriage, and in 1983 left the movement to join the more conservative (but still neo fascist) Italian Social Movement. In the 1987 election she donated over $23,000 to the movement. In 1992 she joined Silvio Berlusconi's National Alliance list as an independent, before aligning with la Destra in 1995. She ran for the house of representatives in 1994, failing to win a seat.
In the 1999 election Santanche was selected as a candidate for the National Alliance, she was elected.