Antonia Maino is the earlier name of Sonia Gandhi. She was born on 9th December 1946 and is the Widow of Rajiv Gandhi, former Indian President. Read all the details about Sonia Gandhi aka Antonia Maino.
Antonia Maino Wiki/Biography
Antonia Maino’s real name is Edvige Antonia Albina Maino. She was born on Lusiana, Veneto region, Italy. Sagittarius is her zodiac sign. She is now 73 years old.
Antonia Maino always has an interest in art. Thus, she worked for the restoration and protection of art. She was close to her mother-in-law and took care of the household.
Her father’s name is Stefano Maino, who was a businessman and mother’s name is Paola Maino. She has two sisters- Anushka Maino (Elder) and Nadia Maino (Younger).
She was married to Rajiv Gandhi on February 25th 1968. Indira Gandhi was her mother-in-law. She has two children- Rahul and Priyanka Gandhi.
Antonia Maino did her primary education in Orbassano, Italy from a Catholic School. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in English. Mrs. Antonia completed her graduation from Bell Educational Trust’s Language School in Cambridge City, England.
She worked in the Varsity Restaurant as a part-time waitress.
Weight: 65 kg (approximately)
Height: 5 Feet 4 Inches (approximately)
Hair Color: Salt and Pepper
Eye Color: Hazel Brown
After the death of Rajiv Gandhi in 1991, INC workers asked her to rule the party. However, she refused to do so.
Sonia Gandhi or Antonia Maino started her political career in 1997. In 1998, she became the President of Indian National Congress.
After that in 1999, she took part in the Lok Sabha elections from Bellary and Amethi. She won both and selected Amethi as her constituency.
In the same year, she became the leader of opposition for the thirteenth Lok Sabha.
After that in the year 2004, she became the head of the 15-party coalition Government UPA. UPA stands for United Progressive Alliance. Along with this, she also became the National Advisory Committee’s Chairperson.
She resigned from the Lok Sabha on March 23rd 2006, but at the same year itself, she was re-elected to Lok Sabha. Sonia Gandhi was re-elected to Lok Sabha from the constituency of Rae Bareilly. This happened in 2009, 2014, and 2019.
Antonia Maino became the first person who served as the President of INC for 15 consecutive years. She resigned from the position of Congress Party President on December 16th, 2017.
Achievement, honors, and Awards
- She was named as the 3rd most powerful woman across the world by Forbes in the year 2007.
- Sonia Gandhi was awarded the Honorary Doctorate in Literature by the Madras University in 2008.
- She was also awarded the Honorary Doctorate in the year 2006 by Brussels University.
Antonia Maino Net Worth
The salary of Antonia Maino is 1 lakh per month along with some extra allowances as a Lok Sabha member.
Her net worth is Rs. 11.82 Crores (2019).