Silvio Berlusconi is an Italian politician and media tycoon who served three times as Prime Minister of Italy. Berlusconi is the longest-serving post-war Prime Minister if Italy and third longest-serving since Italy’s unification, holding three separate terms. Berlusconi is also the controlling shareholder of Mediaset and owner of A.C. Milan, one of the most successful soccer teams. In 2012, Forbes magazine ranked him as the 169th richest man in the world with a net worth of US$5.9 billion (Forbes). Berlusconi was born in Milan in 1936 where he was raised there in a middle-class family (Willey). His mother was a housewife and his father was a bank employee. Silvio was the first of three children, where his sister and brother are both entrepreneurs. After completing his secondary school education, he studied law at the Universita Statale in Milan, graduating with honor in 1961 with a thesis on the legal aspects of advertising. Berlusconi was not required to serve the standard one-year stretch in the Italian army which was obligatory at the time. He married in 1965 to Carla Elvira Dall’oglio with whom he has two children: Maria and Pier. Berlusconi had established a relationship with the actress Veronica Lario, with whom he subsequently had three children: Barbara, Eleonora, and Luigi. He was divorced from Dall’Oglio in 1985, and married Lario in 1990. By this time, Berlusconi was a well-known entrepreneur, and his wedding was a notable social event. One of his best men was a former Prime Minister of Italy. In May 2009, Lario announced that she was to file for divorce. Business Career
Berlusconi’s business career began in construction early in the 1960s. After a couple of successful projects, in the late 1960s he carried out the construction of Milano Due, a huge residential project of about 10,500 apartments, which he eventually built in an eastern suburb of Milan. He first entered the media world in 1973 by setting up a small cable television company, to...
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