Gianroberto Casaleggio

Gianroberto Casaleggio (Italian pronunciation: [dʒanroˈbɛrto kazaˈleddʒo]; 14 August 1954 – 12 April 2016) was an Italian entrepreneur and political activist, born in Milan.

Gianroberto Casaleggio
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Co-founder of the Five Star Movement
In office
4 October 2009 – 12 April 2016
Serving with Beppe Grillo
Personal details
Gianroberto Casaleggio

(1954-08-14)14 August 1954
Milan, Italy
Died12 April 2016(2016-04-12) (aged 61)
Milan, Italy
Cause of deathBrain cancer
Political partyFive Star Movement

He was co-founder and chairman of Casaleggio Associati srl, an internet and publishing company that advises on network strategies. He was editor of Beppe Grillo's blog, and together they founded the Five Star Movement, of which Casaleggio was sometimes called the "guru".[1][2] In the Italian context, Casaleggio promoted the Web as a medium for political communication.[3]


Casaleggio began his career working at Olivetti, then, in the late 1990s, became CEO at Webegg, an internet consulting company. Webegg suffered heavy losses (over €20 million) in the period 2002–2003, and Casaleggio was replaced as CEO in 2003 by Giuseppe Longo.[4] In 2004, Casaleggio founded Casaleggio Associati, an internet consulting company that carries out research on e-commerce in Italy and whose findings are presented at a conference held in Milan every spring (since 2006).

Casaleggio Associati became the editor of Beppe Grillo's blog in 2005, as well as of some of Grillo's books. Casaleggio Associati was also editor of the web-blog of Antonio Di Pietro until 2010,[5] and the website of Chiarelettere, an editor, until 2013, when he was dismissed following disagreement over the editorial strategy.[6][7]

Casaleggio died on 12 April 2016 in Milan, at the age of 61, after a long period of illness.[8]


After Gianroberto's death, his son Davide was appointed to replace him as president of Casaleggio Associati.[9]


  1. ^ Marco Alfieri (26 May 2012). "Grillo e l'ombra di Casaleggio il guru con il mito di Re Artù". La Stampa (in Italian). Retrieved 19 December 2012.
  2. ^ Emiliano Liuzzi (8 September 2012). "Il guru Casaleggio esce dall'ombra: "Non decido io"". il Fatto Quotidiano (in Italian). Retrieved 20 December 2012.
  3. ^ Natale, Simone; Ballatore, Andrea (1 January 2014). "The web will kill them all: new media, digital utopia, and political struggle in the Italian 5-Star Movement". Media, Culture & Society. 36 (1): 105–121. doi:10.1177/0163443713511902. ISSN 0163-4437. S2CID 73517559. Archived from the original on 29 November 2016. Retrieved 14 April 2016.
  4. ^ "Telecom Italia rinuncia al controllo di Webegg". MF Milano Finanza (in Italian). 6 April 2004.
  5. ^ Ettore Colombo (3 November 2012). "Grillo-Di Pietro, il piano per le elezioni"Ingroia candidato premier"". Il Messaggero (in Italian). Retrieved 5 November 2012.
  6. ^ Francesco Oggiano (July 8, 2013). "Il guru dimezzato". Vanity Fair (in Italian). Archived from the original on July 12, 2013. Retrieved July 8, 2013.
  7. ^ Paolo Bracalini (12 November 2012). "Quando Travaglio & C. mandarono a quel paese il guru a cinque stelle". il Giornale (in Italian). Retrieved 19 December 2012.
  8. ^ "M5s, è morto Gianroberto Casaleggio Fotostoria| Le frasi | I video". (in Italian). 12 April 2016. Retrieved 14 November 2016.
  9. ^ Horowitz, Jason, "With Success Comes Dissension in Italy’s Five Star Movement", New York Times, December 12, 2016. Retrieved 2016-12-12.