It Was All for the Love of a Horse

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A Life Story
by Mario Belotti

In this life story Mario Belotti recounts his journey starting as the son of a poor sharecropper in rural northern Italy, and the twists and turns that carried him forward with his education and progress in life. His path included obtaining a student visa to the United States, earning a Ph.D. in economics, and becoming a professor at Santa Clara University, where he has continued teaching for fifty-five years. The book also provides a loving portrait of his family: parents, wife, children, and grandchildren.

Hardcover, 235 pages, 6 x 9 inches
Published January 2015

SKU: ISBN 978-0-9785881-9-9 Category:


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.

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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.

1 review for It Was All for the Love of a Horse

  1. Heidi Mangelsdorf (verified owner)

    I thoroughly enjoyed this concise yet vivid autobiography of Mario Belotti. He writes with a unique and authentic voice, providing detailed descriptions and perspectives on life events, without extraneous or over indulgent content, that left me with the experience of really knowing Mario. His life story is a genuine expression of a timeless message that both captivates and inspires; and his story is one that readers of all different generations can enjoy.

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