Chiara Appendino

Chiara Appendino (born 12 June 1984) is an Italian politician who is the 39th and current mayor of Turin.[1][2] A member of the Five Star Movement, she was elected on 20 June 2016.

Chiara Appendino
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39th Mayor of Turin
Assumed office
20 June 2016
Preceded byPiero Fassino
Personal details
Born (1984-06-12) 12 June 1984 (age 36)
Moncalieri, Italy
Political partyM5S
Spouse(s)Marco Lavatelli
Alma materBocconi University


Appendino was born in Moncalieri on 12 June 1984. She attended the Vincenzo Gioberti Torino grammar school and graduated from Bocconi University in Milan with a degree in International Economics and Management, majoring in economics and finance.

From September 2007 to January 2010 she worked as controller for the Juventus soccer team; from 1 January 2010 has worked in administration, finance and control in her husband's business. She has been married since 2010 to the Turin entrepreneur Marco Lavatelli, with whom has one daughter, Sara, who was born on 19 January 2016 at the Mauritian hospital of Turin.

Political careerEdit

Appendino's first political involvement was in the Left Ecology Freedom party. In 2012 she joined the nascent Five Star Movement.

At the 2011 Turin local elections Appendino was elected municipal councilor for the 5 Star Movement, collecting 623 preferences.

On 8 November 2015 Appendino officially announced her candidacy for mayor of Turin in the 2016 local elections. In the first round she received 30.92% of the vote at the ballot. On 19 June 2016 she was officially elected Mayor of Turin, picking up 54.56% of the vote in the second round, defeating incumbent mayor Piero Fassino (who received 45.44% of votes).

In October 2017 the Prosecutor's Office of Turin started an investigation on Appendino on charges of falsity in a public document in connection with the City's 2016 budget.[3] In November 2017 another investigation started, into lack of safety during incidents at Piazza San Carlo where, on 3 June 2017, one person died and more than 1,500 were injured in a stampede during the Champions League final match between Juventus and Real Madrid.[4][5] One of the injured people became tetraplegic and eventually died on 25 January 2019[6].

In June 2019, a third investigation was started based on peculation.[7]


  1. ^ "Elezioni comunali del 19 giugno 2016 - ballottaggio - Comune di TORINO" (in Italian). Ministry of Interior. 20 June 2016. Archived from the original on 2016-06-20.
  2. ^ "Chiara Appendino è sindaco: svolta storica per Torino. In due settimane è cresciuta di 80 mila voti". La Stampa (in Italian). 20 June 2016.
  3. ^ Lorenzetti, Simona (17 October 2017). "Falso ideologico in atto pubblico, indagati la sindaca Appendino e l'assessore Rolando". La Stampa.
  4. ^ "Per la notte di piazza San Carlo a Torino indagati la sindaca Appendino e il questore Sanna". La Stampa. 6 November 2017.
  5. ^ Jones, Sam (4 June 2017). "More than 1,500 Juventus fans in Turin injured after stampede". The Guardian.
  6. ^ "Torino, muore la donna rimasta tetraplegica travolta dalla folla in piazza San Carlo. La figlia: "E' stata dura"". La Repubblica. January 25, 2019.
  7. ^ GIUSTETTI, OTTAVIA; RICCA, JACOPO (June 15, 2019). "Appendino indagata: consulenza fantasma all'ex portavoce Pasquaretta" [Appendino Investigated: false advice from the ex-spokesman Pasquaretta]. La Repubblica.

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