Monday, June 12, 2023

RIP Silvio Berlusconi


Silvio Berlusconi, a media mogul and the longest-serving Italian prime minister in the post-war era, died at age 86 on June 12, 2023, in Milan, Italy. Born in September 29, 1936 in Milan, starting in 1973, Berlusconi first entered the media world by setting up a small cable television company, TeleMilano, to service units built on his Segrate properties. It began transmitting in September the following year. TeleMilano was the first Italian private television channel and later evolved into Canale 5, the first national private TV station. Berlusconi built media group Fininvest into a national force, importing American shows like 'Baywatch' to Italy. He entered politics in the 1990s and was first elected prime minister of Italy in 1994. He was convicted of bribing a former senator in 2015. In 1978, Berlusconi founded his first media group, Fininvest, and joined the Propaganda Due masonic lodge. In the five years leading up to 1983, he earned some 113 billion Italian lire (€58.3 million). The funding sources are still unknown because of a complex system of holding companies, despite investigations conducted by various state attorneys. The three-time prime minister was convicted of tax fraud in 2014 and was initially banned from running for political office until 2019. An Italian court lifted the ban in May 2018, and Berlusconi won a seat in the European Parliament the following year. In September 2022, he returned to the Italian Senate. His fortune, which he shared with his five children, included stakes in media, publishing and banking firms. Berlusconi produced “Lucky Luke the Movie” (1991); ‘Lucky Luke the Series’ (TV) (1991-92); “Call of the Wild” (1992), “Jonathan of the Bears” (1994).

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