Doris, from poor childhood to the top of finance: her hymn to optimism in ‘There is also tomorrow’ – Photos

“My father had taught me that. He had taught me not to lose heart, especially in the face of difficulties, and this time we would have to face many difficulties. He had explained it to me, he had made me understand that as long as there is life there it will always be tomorrow too, provided we are ready and prepared “. It is September 8, 2008 when in his office Ennio Doris
(Photogallery) receives an urgent phone call. It is that of Vittorio Gaudio, the bank’s investment manager: “There are rumors of a possible failure of a large American investment bank. In my opinion there are many responsibilities that these rumors are not unfounded, perhaps we should prepare for the worst .. . “.

And it is precisely at that moment when the storm is about to hit the markets and we need to prepare for the worst, that Doris treasures that paternal lesson: “That would have passed too. I was sure of it. This time like all the others. After the storm, as always the serene would return, sooner or later, because this is how the life of the world and that of each of us works “. It is from the memory and from the mood of that day in September 13 years ago that the autobiographical story of the founder of Banca Mediolanum ‘There is also a tomorrow’, written in collaboration with Leopoldo Gasbarro.

In the book, that is the story of a life, from a poor and happy childhood to Tombolo in the Padua area, and, at the same time, it is a business story, the fundamental values ​​remain firm: family, honesty, transparency, freedom, the centrality of the person. And, above all, the optimism and the strength to look up beyond the difficulties of the moment.

And there is a specific day where all this takes shape, where her father’s words become Doris’ North Star. It is May 30, 1953, the day in which a very important part of the Giro d’Italia in the Dolomites is run, the one that from Auronzo di Cadore would have brought the pink caravan to Bolzano. Doris with her father follows the race in the Tombolo bar. The boss of the tour is the Swiss Hugo Koblet. To stand up to him is Fausto Coppi while Gino Bartali is out of the game and, in Italy divided between Coppi and Bartali, the latter’s supporters are cheering for the Swiss.

On the Sella, Doris says, it seems made for Coppi and the celebrations are already beginning. But it does not end there: Koblet comes back and reaches Coppi at the finish. Coppi wins the stage but the Swiss keeps the pink jersey. The disappointment is burning: “we walked alone in the street, my father and I. I was speechless, devoid of the enthusiasm that had accompanied me in waiting for that day. Dad stopped suddenly. He turned to me and looked at me straight in the eye “and then tell him:” Ennio, remember that there is also tomorrow. There is also tomorrow “.

Words that for Doris “were a hymn to optimism, they showed me the way to go, they taught me to look forward with confidence and trust in any circumstance. It was the most important lesson my father could teach me. “Tomorrow was May 31, 1953,” Coppi accomplished yet another feat, in the stage from Bolzano to Bormio “, detaching Koblet and flying alone towards the finish line. Coppi won the jersey rose and won the Giro d’Italia. “I understood that there is really tomorrow too,” writes Doris.