Paulie Fortunato was the Don of the Barzini Family from 1955 to 1979.
'Fat' Johnny vicious Fortunato was a caporegime in the Barzini Family who was elevated to that position after the death of Big Bobby Toro. He later suceeded Emilio Barzini after his death at the hands of Al Neri. He supported the move to heroin and was a friend of Ozvaldo Altobello. He was considered the closest thing the Corleones had to an enemy after the Five Families War, despite their attempted appeasement by returning the Barzini Compound to him and his Family. He was one of the people that did not support the Corleones creating a separate regime for the drug money, and never liked Michael Corleone or any of his family members. He also had strong ties to several Dons and crime figures hostile to the Corleone family, such as Vincent Forlenza, Louie Russo and Hyman Roth. He was also a strong supporter of the business deals in Cuba. However, in 1963, Fortunato became more akin to an ally of the Family and supported Michael Corleone against Carlo Tramonti's bid to assassinate President James Shea and defended Michael against Tramonti's claim that Michael had murdered Mark McCluskey in 1946. Fortunato was killed during Joey Zasa's attack on the Commission in 1979.