• Victoria Gotti is a New York Times best-selling author, reality television personality, and daughter of mafia boss John Gotti
• She is of Italian and Russian descent, graduated from St. Johns University with a BA degree in 1980, and was diagnosed with Mitral valve prolapse in college
• She wrote multiple books, was featured in the reality series "Growing Up Gotti" in 2004, and has an estimated net worth of over $2 million
• Her father was John Gotti, a powerful mafia boss who was sentenced to life imprisonment in 1992 and died in 2002
• His life story has been adapted into multiple movies, most recently "Gotti" starring John Travolta in 2018
Victoria Gotti Wiki
Although she’s a New York Times best-selling author and reality television personality, Victoria Gotti is perhaps known best as the daughter of John Gotti, a mafia boss of the Gambino crime family.
If you wondered about what it’s like to grow up in a mafia family, you should watch the reality series “Growing Up Gotti”, whose star is Victoria. Her appearance brought an Award nomination for Choice TV Reality/Variety Star – Female.
On the other hand, if you’re fan of reading articles, let us tell you all about John Gotti’s daughter, her early life, her marriage to one of the members of the Gambino family, and how she beat her disease, among other things.
Early life, family, and education
Victoria Gotti was born in Brooklyn, New York City USA, on 27 November 1962, which makes Sagittarius her zodiac sign. Raised in Brooklyn, this 59-year-old has spent almost all of her life in her hometown. She holds American nationality, however, she comes from a family of Italian and Russian descent.
Victoria spend her early childhood in Howard Beach, New York alongside her siblings, John, Peter, Angel, and Frank, who sadly died in 1980, killed in the car accident, and reportedly, their mother hospitalized the driver after beating him with a baseball bat; in fact, the driver, John Favara was abducted four months after the accident, and never seen again.
Almost nothing is known about their mother, Victoria (nee DiGiorgio) except that she was half-Italian and half-Russian. Their father is someone we have much more to say about, which you will see below.
Let’s go back to the story of Victoria – as a child, she was very quiet, so her parents thought that she was autistic. However, when she was in high school, she skipped two grades, and matriculated aged 15 in 1977. She the enrolled at the private Saint John’s University, New York City, from which she graduated with a BA degree in 1980.
She dreamed of becoming a lawyer, however, she was aware of the fact that her father was ‘on the other side’, plus because of her shyness, she gave up her dream.
During her time in college, Victoria was diagnosed with the heart disease called Mitral valve prolapse (MVP). In 1995, she published book, entitled “Woman and Mitral Valve Prolapse”, inspired by her own experience with this condition.
Her second book, “The Senator’s Daughter” was released two years later, a mystery novel well-accepted by the public. In 1998, she released her third book, entitled “I’ll Be Watching You”, a thriller about a novelist who is enjoying her life until a stalker from the past comes into her world.
In 2006, Victoria published the cookbook “Hot Italian Dish”, and three years later, came out with her latest book “This Family of Mine: What It Was Like Growing Up Gotti”, the title of which speaks for itself.
Love life, husband, kids
In high school, Victoria met Carmine Agnello, and he was her first boyfriend. The two began dating in the late ’70s, and according to John Alite, a former Gambino family associate, in 1979 Carmine assaulted Victoria, and her father John Gotti ordered his associates to ambush Carmine and beat him; allegedly, they even shot him in the buttocks. This story John Alite revealed during his testimony, however, Victoria hasn’t commented on it.
In 1984, Victoria married Carmine, despite John Gotti’s disapproval, and in the following year Victoria conceived. While she was pregnant, doctors found cancer in her uterus, and in May 1985, she gave birth to a stillborn girl whom they named Justine.
The doctor stold Victoria that she couldn’t have more children, however, in 1986 she gave birth to their first son, Carmine Agnello Junior. Their second son, John Agnello, was born in 1987, and the third, Frank, named for her late brother, was born in 1990. The family of five lived in Westbury, New York.
Victoria and Carmine divorced in 2003, and she filed for divorce citing his constructive abandonment as the reason for their divorce. Victoria and her sons were featured in the reality series “Growing Up Gotti”, which aired in 2004.
How rich is she?
After the divorce, she was awarded the $3.2 million mansion in which the family lived, but waited for six years until foreclosure was approved.
As an author, she has earned a decent amount of money selling her books. Starring in the reality show must have brought her some benefits too, so as of October 2022, her net worth has been estimated at over $2 million.
Perhaps you thought that a mobster’s daughter would have enormous wealth, since her father reportedly earned up to $12 million per year, and at the time of his death, the net worth of the Gotti family was estimated at roughly $500 million, while John Gotti’s personal wealth was estimated at around $30 million.
However, Victoria has allegedly never been part of the Gambino family business.
Who was her father John Gotti?
John Joseph Gotti, also known as ‘The Dapper Don’ and ‘The Teflon Don’, was born on 27 October 1940, in New York City, and was raised in The Bronx by his parents Joseph Gotti Senior and Philomena DeCarlo, alongside his 11 siblings – two others died at birth.
John was involved in street gangs from an early age, and when he left the school at 16, he began working for the Fulton-Rockaway Boys gang. After he married Victoria in 1962, John tried to work legitimately as a truck driver and as a presser in a coat factory, however, he didn’t manage to stay crime-free.
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After being involved in numerous businesses related to the Gambino family, serving several years in prison, and after Castellano’s death, John took over the Gambino family in 1986.
On 2 April 1992, John was sentenced to life imprisonment, and served his sentence at the US Penitentiary in Marion, Illinois. He was a solitary prisoner, which means that he was allowed out of his cell only for an hour per day.
In 1998, he was diagnosed with throat cancer, and underwent surgery at the US Medical Center for Federal Prisoners, in Springfield, Missouri. Although the tumor was removed, after two years, it returned, and John was again sent to Springfield.
John Gotti died on 10 June 2002. He will be remembered as one of the most powerful mafia bosses, and his life story has been an inspiration for numerous movies, including the 2018 “Gotti” starring John Travolta.