Gian Mario Roveraro was a top Italian high jumper in the 1950s, being capped nine times for Italy in athletics. He set three Italian high jump records, with a best of 2.02 (6-7½) in 1957, and won the Italian championship in the high jump from 1954-56. Roveraro later became an international banker, owner of the Milan-based merchant bank Akros Finanzaria, and also became a financial advisor to the Vatican. He was later a member of Opus Dei, a powerful and reactionary organization within the Roman Catholic Church. Parmalat SpA was an Italian dairy and food corporation which was involved in a major corporate scandal in 2003, when €14 billion was not accounted for in its corporate records. The scandal spread to many banking and investment entities in Italy and Europe. In July 2006, Roveraro was questioned in an inquiry concerning the collapse of Parmalat. Later that day, he was murdered and his body was found, chopped into several pieces, beneath a motorway bridge near Parma, Italy.
Personal Best: HJ – 2.02 (1957).