Cosimo de’ Medici, Pater Patriae
Cosimo de’ Medici also knows as Pater Patriae was born on September 27, 1389, during a prosperous period for Florence. Inheriting the influence of his father, Giovanni di Bicci de’ Medici, he was to become a great art collector, business leader and historian. He represented the Medici bank, managed the papacy’s finances and became the wealthiest man of his time. Cautious like his father but ruling with a firmer hand, his speech and actions were well balanced.