Giovanni grew up in South Philadelphia where you had to be tough just to make it, if you weren't then this world would eat you alive. He always had to watch his back because the streets were a place that you could lose yourself in. If you were fortunate to make it out then you were doing something right, hell even if you made it out, the streets would follow, just in your stature or the way you talked.
See Giovanni was fortunate enough to make it through his schooling with an above average GPA, he was going places. He wanted to go to college but in order to pay for it he ended up working the streets for a few people running numbers and picking up payments from dealings he did on the side. This consumed Giovanni, everything was all about the money now and the plans that he had set out to do turned out entirely different than he could ever imagine.
He made a name for himself in Philly, it wasn't exactly as he imagined when he was growing up but it fit him just fine. He got the big house, the nice cars, whatever Giovanni wanted, he had it at his fingertips. Giovanni started to venture out into the stock market and put his money towards investments that he knew would turn a profit. He was good at this, he was making more and more money than he could do with. He decided to venture out and invest in properties. He invested in multiple nightclubs in Philly and he enjoyed the nightlife so it was a great investment for him.
He had a cousin by the name of Salvatore Falco who would always come and visit him, Giovanni and Salvatore were inseparable, when people said that blood is thicker than water they meant it. Giovanni told Salvatore about all the investments that he currently had going and his cousin wanted in on the action. The thing was, Salvatore didn't live in the states, he moved way back when Giovanni was a teenager. His parents moved to him to some fucking hole in the wall place called Chernarus but Salvatore would always find ways to visit, he would fly to visit often.
Now that they were older, and after hearing of the investment opportunities, Salvatore told Giovanni about clubs and pubs in and around Chernarus. With Giovanni being the kind of guy he was, he decided that he would help set his cousin up by fronting him the money to invest in some of those properties because he figured it would be some easy money to be made. He just wanted to check out these locations first hand and make sure they weren't some money pit shitholes that he would be sinking his money into.
They decided to fly back over to Chernarus, things were great. Giovanni got to stay in hotels in a place he's never been, the ladies were exotic with their native tongue's. He would spend much time at the beaches near the capital. He looked over the properties and he did manage to wire Salvatore the money he needed to get started with the properties so they could both start making money. Giovanni was three days out from leaving when he started hearing of the borders being closed and flights being grounded indefinitely over some thing he overheard as the frenzy flu. Giovanni was out looking for Salvatore but got lost hiking in the trials overlooking some towns as this was the last place he was told about from his cousin in a text message. Now Giovanni is in survival mode, keeping faith that he'll find his cousin and they can hatch a plan together to make some sense of what is taking place and what's going on......
* I will add more as my character progresses in the lore *