Genova - The Genoese broker Enrico Burke passed away Monday evening, after a long illness. With Giovanni Novi, he was the founder of Burke & Novi, one of the most important maritime brokerage companies in Italy and one of the most famous in the world. Burke, who created the company with Novi in 1961, had a deep knowledge about the maritime sector, and was passionate about his work, but also about sailing and hunting. Originally a two-way partnership with three employees, Burke & Novi was subsequently joined by Franco Novi.
The company grew during the boom in shipping companies of the years that followed, diversifying its investments to the point that they began to trade in raw materials and became a shipping company themselves. Burke, who has Irish origins, was well known for his knowledge among many professionals in the sector, from lawyers to accountants. He retired from the business at the age of 80, selling 40% of his stake in the company to the Novi family. Having dropped out of university in his third year of Economics and Commerce, he later returned to his studies after the premature death of his father.
He always lived in Genoa, except for a period when he worked for Walter Runciman in London as an agent for John Burke Shipbroker, thus managing to keep his father’s small Genoese company active, as Giovanni Novi recalls in his book Shipping & Trading.
He leaves behind him his wife Roberta and children Alessandra (who shares his passion for the sea) John, Edmund and Patrick. His family and friends will gather to say their farewells tomorrow morning at 11:30 in the Santa Teresa del Bambin Gesù Church in Genoa.