“Luigi,” the father says to his son, ‘I want you to marry a girl of my choice.’
Son says: ‘I will choose my own bride!’
Luigi says: ‘But the girl is Bill Gates’ daughter.’
Son answers: ‘Well, in that case, ok’
Next Luigi approaches Bill Gates and says, ‘I have a husband for your daughter.’
Bill Gates answers, ‘But my daughter is too young to marry!’
Luigi says, ‘But this young man is a vice-president of the World Bank.’
Bill Gates answers, ‘Ah, in that case, ok.’
Finally Luigi goes to see the president of the World Bank.
Luigi says, ‘I have a young man to be recommended as a vice-president.’
President answers, ‘But I already have more vice-presidents than I need!’
Luigi says, ‘But this young man is Bill Gates’ son-in-law.’
President answers: ‘Ah, in that case, ok.’
And that, my friends, is how Italians do business.