Michael was born in LC - the only son of 'Marco 'The Chin' Leone an enforcer to the Messina Crime Family and Giulia Leone (nee. Delluci). Raised primarily in LC, Michael had a relatively normal childhood with a sister Maria - being the only Son was also a adored by both his Mother and Father. Michael grew up surrounded by mobsters, his fathers friends, colleagues and enemies all within the same trade, there wasn't a time that he wasn't exposed to such a world, despite the best efforts his mother to shelter him from them. Michael at a young age got into a lot of trouble primarily attributed to his friends, due to this Michael's father made the decision to send him to Sicily to his fathers friends to teach him about the 'motherland' and also to create a better man out of him. In Sicily through the connections of his father made valuable contacts and alliances on a local and local-political level. Michael briefly got involved in a smuggling ring of weapons transported from Africa and the Middle East into Europe through Sicily - these weapons then went onto insurgent groups and gangs throughout central Europe. During this, Michael gained extensive knowledge on weaponry and pricing - as well as negotiation in such a lucrative industry. However, this was brief due to Michael’s father being assassinated - making him return to LC to handle his affairs. Once Michael landed in LC, the only thing he had on his mind was vengeance for his father, however the murderer of Michael's father wasn't found - leading Michael to become lonesome and depressed, he was drinking heavily at night and sleeping till mid-afternoon. Due to this, Michael decided to leave LC and head on a European adventure.