Berlusconi led Italy as prime minister 3 times between 1994 and 2011. A billionaire, Berlusconi made his fortune in media, founding Fininvest, a media holding firm, within the Nineteen Seventies.
Within the 90s, he established the suitable wing Forza Italia get together, which merged with the Folks of Freedom get together in 2009. In 2013, Berlusconi re-established Forza Italia as a separate entity.
The previous premier has been the topic of a number of controversies, and in February was acquitted of prices which alleged that he had paid a minor for intercourse throughout a celebration at his Sardinia property. He was repeatedly accused of ties to the Sicilian mafia, however the allegations have by no means been confirmed.
This 12 months, Berlusconi was criticized for praising Russian President Vladimir Putin and blaming Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy for the warfare. “I choose, very, very negatively the conduct of this gentleman,” he mentioned on the time, referring to Zelenskyy.