Silvio Berlusconi born: 29-09-1936 birth place: Milan, Italy Silvio Berlusconi is one of Europe's most fascinating and controversial figures. He is not only the former Prime Minister of Italy, he is the owner of the nation's top football team, the leader of a media empire and the richest man in the country. Berlusconi is the son of Luigi, a Milan banker, and Rosa Bossi. He was the first of three children, the others being Maria Antonietta Berlusconi and Paolo Berlusconi, now both entrepreneurs. Silvio studied law at the Universit? Statale in Milan, graduating in 1961. His career began in the building construction business shortly after, when he became involved in the design of a garden city - Milano 2 -on the outskirts of Milan. His first venture into the Media business came in 1973 when he became involved in a cable television station to service Milano 2. Five years later he formed his first media group, Fininvest. The company owned a string of local TV stations across the country. Today his main company - Mediaset - comprises of three national television channels, which hold almost half the national viewing audience. In addition to other banking and insurance interests, Berlusconi owns AC Milan, one of the leading football clubs in the world. In 1993 Mr Berlusconi founded his own political party, Forza Italia or Go Italy - named after a chant used by fans of AC Milan. A year later he became Prime Minister, forming a coalition with the right-wing National Alliance and...

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