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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 29 September 1936Milan, Lombardy, Italy
Nicknames Il Cavaliere
Nano
Berlusca
Unto dal Signore
Sua Emittenza
Psiconano
Il Caimano
Papi
Height 5' 5" (1.65 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Silvio Berlusconi was born on September 29, 1936 in Milan, Lombardy, Italy. He is a producer, known for Mediterraneo (1991), Volere volare (1991) and Man Trouble (1992). He was previously married to Veronica Lario and Carla Elvira Lucia Dall'Oglio.

Spouse (2)

Veronica Lario (15 December 1990 - 18 February 2014) (divorced) (3 children)
Carla Elvira Lucia Dall'Oglio (6 May 1965 - 1985) (divorced) (2 children)

Trivia (12)

In June 2000 he was the richest man in Italy ($ 12.8 billion, according to "Forbes") and the leader of the biggest conservative political party in Italy, "Forza Italia", founded by him on January 18th, 1994. He is probably the most controversial political figure in Italy. His entry into politics was immediately the subject of a large national debate (which still goes on), which has divided the Italian people essentially in two parts. Italians moderates considered him the savior of his country from the danger of communist coalition (at that time led by Achille Occhetto), and because of that became the subject of a judicial persecution by the left politicized judiciary which is unprecedented in the history of Italy. The other part considered him the worst Italian criminal ever existed, accused in more than 20 court proceedings and who entered politics only to save himself from jail and expand his private business interests to the detriment of the rest of the nation. He has always fought with a particular force the left coalition in Parliament. It is also famous a hard verbal confrontation that took place in the European Parliament on July 2nd, 2003, with the German eurodeputy Martin Schulz: he heavily criticized Berlusconi and his government and so Berlusconi told him: "Signor Schulz, so che in Italia c'è un produttore che sta montando un film sui campi di concentramento nazisti: la suggerirò per il ruolo di Kapo. Lei è perfetto!".
He was nicknamed "Il Cavaliere" ("The Knight") because on June 2nd, 1977 he became the youngest member of the Ordine Cavalleresco al Merito del Lavoro, an Italian order of knighthood reserved to entrepreneurs. He has given up this honor in 2014.
In 1994, when he entered politics, resigned all the offices he held in his companies, except the office of chairman of A.C. Milan S.p.A. (1st division soccer team). The 2 children he had with his first wife, Carla Elvira Lucia Dall'Oglio (born on September 12th, 1940), are now among with the top directors of his group: Marina Berlusconi is vice-chairman of Fininvest S.p.A. (general holding company of Berlusconi's group) and Pier Silvio Berlusconi is vice-chairman of the Mediaset Group and chairman and chief executive of R.T.I.
He met and fell in love with actress Veronica Lario in 1980 when he was still married to first wife, Carla. They married on December 15th, 1990, and had 3 children: Barbara Berlusconi, Eleonora (born on May 7th, 1986) and Luigi (born on September 27th, 1988).
One of the most controversial political figures in Italy. In his politic, there is always been the suspect of a personal interest in law, crime and economics. He has always fought with a particular force the opposition in Parliament, not always in a respectful mode. It's famous his offence to the eurodepty Schultz, accused of being a "kapò" in front of the complete European Parliament.
Took charge of Milan in 1986, transforming the club into one of the best in Europe and cheering them to four European Cup titles and seven Italian titles.
Quits A.C. Milan presidency to comply with the law that prohibits the country's premier from running private enterprises. (December 2004)
Has his look-alike puppet in the French show Les guignols de l'info (1988).
Prime Minister of Italy for 3 times: from May 10th, 1994, to January 17th, 1995, from June 11th, 2001, to May 17th, 2006, and from May 8th, 2008, to November 16th, 2011.
Is portrayed by Nanni Moretti, Elio De Capitani and Michele Placido on The Caiman (2006), a movie about his vicissitudes, which was released just days before the 2006 general elections and became a blockbuster in Italy.
Berlusconi lost the political elections 2 times: on April 21th, 1996, and on April 9th and 10th, 2006, this time for just about 24,000 votes out of 38 million. On February 24th and 25th, 2013, for the first time in the history of Italy no coalition has obtained an absolute majority in the Senate of the Republic, causing 2 months of political stalemate.
He is the firstborn of Rosa Bossi and Luigi Berlusconi (March 27th, 1908 - 1985). He had a sister, Maria Francesca Antonietta (June 9th, 1943 - February 25th, 2009) and has a brother, Paolo (born on December 6th, 1949).

Personal Quotes (5)

[Shortly before some TV programs were canceled from the public TV] The way Biagi, Santoro and Luttazzi used Italian Public Television was criminal. It's a specific duty for the new administration to prevent this thing from happening again.
According to a survey, when Italian women were asked if they would like to have sex with me, 30 per-cent said yes, while the other 70 per-cent said, "What, again?"
[on being asked if he would be attending Barack Obama's inauguration] No. I'm not an extra. I'm a lead.
[on appointing fifty deputies to government from his advertising company] I'm like Prince Charming. They were pumpkins and I turned them into parliamentarians.
I am the Jesus Christ of politics I sacrifice myself for everyone.

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