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Silvio Berlusconi: Former Italian Prime Minister Dies At 86

Silvio Berlusconi: Former Italian Prime Minister Dies At 86
Silvio Berlusconi: Former Italian Prime Minister Dies At 86

Silvio Berlusconi, a former Italian Prime Minister and Ex-AC Milan owner has died at the age of 86.

AC Milan won 29 trophies in 31 years under Berlusconi as President and owner of the club.

According to the report by AFP, Silvio Berlusconi nicknamed “il Cavaliere” a businessman and central figure in Italian political life, left his mark on La Botte with his many escapades and legal affairs.

Silvio Berlusconi was an Italian senator and former prime minister three times. His death marked the end of a thirty-year political career. Thirty years of back and forth at the head of the Italian executive, of controversial outings, controversies and court cases.

A life of countless escapades for this man of power, initially a businessman whose wealth is now estimated at several billion euros. The one who was born in Milan in the middle of Fascist Italy was passionate about music, art and antiquity when he was younger. His professional career began in the real estate market in the 1960s.

Media man, then politician

Over the following decades, he founded a multitude of companies in different sectors, including media, construction, finance and insurance. A success that allowed him to be made a Knight of the Order of Labor Merit in 1977 and to be then nicknamed Il Cavaliere. His company Mediaset, mainly owned by the Fininvest holding company, which includes most Italian television channels, earned him a large part of his fortune and was also a springboard for his political career, according to AFP.

This began in the mid-1990s with the creation of the Forza Italia party in the aftermath of Operation Clean Hands, which aimed to put an end to the widespread corruption that had affected Italian political life for a long time. He then wanted to run for the presidency of the Council of Ministers, which was done in 1994, 2001 and 2008. During his three terms of office, he aimed to modernize the Italian economy and to fight against corruption and organized crime.

Several cases, one final conviction

But his multiple mandates are marred by scandals. Accused of corruption, tax evasion, bribery of witnesses or paid sex with minors … These cases tarnish the reputation of the Italian politician and arouse massive protests from public opinion.

Prosecuted several times, he managed to avoid prison thanks to laws that he himself passed, until 2013. He was then condemned for the first time definitively for a case of tax evasion which earned him the loss of his Cavaliere title.

Less present on the political and media scene in recent years, he had given his support to the candidacy of Giorgia Meloni , president of the Brothers of Italy and figure of the Italian extreme right, for the presidency of the Council of Ministers. The former Cavaliere, still a senator, must nevertheless reduce his political involvement due to health problems. In 2020, he contracted Covid-19, “the worst experience of his life” and then multiplied the long passages in the hospital until the end of his life.

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