Mario Monti is the mild mannered, Yale educated, Italian economist who just socked Microsoft with a $606 million fine for anti-competitive behavior. If you are an American businessman you don't want to mess with Mario! He also slapped down Jack Welch, former Chairman of General Electric, three years ago when he tried to merge with Honeywell. Welcome to the age of globalization, when unknown bureaucrats in far away countries dictate how America's biggest companies conduct business.
Mario Monti profile - European Commission for competition
EU Slaps Record Fine on Microsoft [cNet, March 24, 2004]
Wednesday, March 24, 2004