Enrico Mattei (1906-1962), founder and first president of the Italian state energy company ENI, was celebrated during his lifetime as "the most powerful Italian since Augustus." He provided his resource-poor country with cheap crude oil and gas through aggressive negotiating with the Anglo-American oil cartels, and therewith laid the groundwork for the Italian economic revitalization of the 60s. During the climax of the Cuban crisis in October 1962, and as the Cold War threatened to become the Third World War, the ENI company jet crashed near Milan. The 3 people on board - Enrico Mattei, the pilot and an American journalist - died in the crash.
The Lazio Region, one of Italy's most important realities, invests in its productive resources.