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Draghi Keeps Italy Guessing on Which Super Mario Will Emerge

  • Former Treasury official led 1990s sell-off of state companies
  • As ECB chief, he stemmed euro crisis with bold intervention
Mario Draghi speaks following talks with Italian President Sergio Mattarella in Rome, on Feb. 3.
Mario Draghi speaks following talks with Italian President Sergio Mattarella in Rome, on Feb. 3.Photographer: Alessandra Tarantino/AP Photo
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Mario Draghi’s yet-to-be fulfilled leadership of Italy’s next government is keeping people guessing about how much he will draw upon his prior career roles when in office.

Within the country, the likely next premier is often remembered as the man who oversaw its biggest privatizations -- a proactive financier applying market solutions to tough problems. Elsewhere, particularly in Germany, Draghi is known as the central banker who threw clout and money at Europe’s sovereign-debt crisis to shore up its common currency.