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Umberto Bossi (born September 19, 1941) is an Italian politician and former singer, leader of the Northern League, a party seeking autonomy or independence for Northern Italy. He is married to Manuela Marrone and has four sons (one of which was from his first wife).

Umberto Bossi was born in 1941 in Cassano Magnago, in the province of Varese (Lombardy). He graduated scientific high school (liceo scientifico) and later began studying medicine at the University of Pavia -- for which he did not acquire a degree. While at the University of Pavia, in February 1979, he met Bruno Salvadori, leader of the Valdotanian Union.

Before becoming a politician, Bossi was a sympathiser of the Italian Communist Party in his early years. After the death of Salvadori in a car accident during the summer of 1980, Bossi began focusing more on Lombardy. After two years, the Lombard autonomist league was born. In that period Bossi met his second wife, Manuela Marrone.

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