Mario Belotti lays out his life story, growing up in a large sharecropping family, in a farmhouse without water or electricity, in an Italian town that could offer only a third-grade education.
Thanks to a twist of fate with a horse named Nino, his family escaped the sharecropper trap, and moved to towns where he could continue his education. With luck, determination, and help, he was able to complete elementary and secondary education, obtain a visa to the U.S., complete a bachelor’s degree in business, a master’s degree in accounting, and a Ph.D. in economics.
Along the way he worked as a quasi-cowboy, kitchen helper, pizza maker, and restaurant chef, among other jobs. After finishing his Ph.D., he became a university professor, U.S. citizen, economic consultant, speaker, and investor.
The book also recounts how Mario met his future wife Rose on the boat from Italy to the U.S., their marriage a few years later, and life together for fifty-seven years since, with three children and seven grandchildren.
About the Author
Mario Belotti joined the Santa Clara University faculty in 1959, and has continued teaching economics there for fifty-five years. He built the Economics Department as its chair for twenty-two years, and served as director of the Institute of Agribusiness for eight years.
Among many honors and awards received as a Santa Clara faculty member, he was named the Orradre Professor of Economics in 1985, the Keck Foundation Professor in 1988, and the Faculty Senate professor in 1990.
Each January for over thirty years he presented his economic forecast to large audiences of alumni, business people, investors, and others.
Mario lives in Saratoga, California, with his wife Rose. There he tends to a large garden, orchard, and vineyard.