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Silvio Berlusconi

Personal data
Date of birth29 September 1936(age 79)
Place of birthMilan, Italy
Political partyThe People of Freedom (2009 � present)
Other partyForza Italia (1994 � 2008)
SpouseCarla Dall'Oglio (1965 � 1985)
Veronica Lario (1990 � 2009)
Pier Silvio
Alma materUniversity of Milan
ReligionRoman Catholicism
Prime Minister of Italy
Assumed office8 May 2008
PresidentGiorgio Napolitano
Preceded byRomano Prodi
In office11 June 2001 - 17 May 2006
PresidentCarlo Azeglio Ciampi
DeputyGiulio Tremonti
Gianfranco Fini
Marco Follini
Succeeded byRomano Prodi
Preceded byGiuliano Amato
In office10 May 1994 - 17 January 1995
PresidentOscar Luigi Scalfaro
DeputyGiuseppe Tatarella
Roberto Maroni
Succeeded byLamberto Dini
Preceded byCarlo Azeglio Ciampi
Minister of Economic Development
In office5 May 2010 - 4 October 2010
Succeeded byPaolo Romani
Preceded byClaudio Scajola
Minister of Health
In office10 March 2006 - 17 May 2006
Succeeded byLivia Turco
Preceded byFrancesco Storace
Minister of Economy and Finance
In office3 July 2004 - 16 July 2004
Succeeded byDomenico Siniscalco
Preceded byGiulio Tremonti
Minister of Foreign Affairs
In office6 January 2002 - 14 November 2002
Succeeded byFranco Frattini
Preceded byRenato Ruggiero
Member of the Chamber of Deputies of Italy
Assumed office21 April 1994
ConstituencyXV � Latium I , Rome (1994 � 1996)
III � Lombardy I, Milan (1996 � 2006)
XIX � Campania I (2006 � 2008)
XVIII � Molise (2008 � present)

Silvio Berlusconi

NameSilvio Berlusconi
SpokenSignor Presidente

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Silvio Berlusconi (-itˈsilvjo berluˈskoːni-It-Silvio_Berlusconi is an Italian politician, the current Prime Minister of Italy, as well as an entrepreneur. He is also known under the nickname Il Cavaliere (literally, The Knight), due to the knighthood Order of Merit for Labour which he received in 1977.

He is the longest-serving post war Prime Minister of Italy, and third longest-serving since the creation of Italy, after Benito Mussolini and Giovanni Giolitti. He held this position on three separate occasions: from 1994 to 1995, from 2001 to 2006 and currently since 2008. Technically, Berlusconi has been sworn in four times because after a cabinet reshuffle, as happened with Berlusconi in 2005, the new ministry is sworn in and subjected to a vote of confidence. He is the leader of the People of Freedom political movement, a centre-right party he founded in 2009. As of November 2009, he is the longest-serving current leader of a G8 country. As of 2011, Forbes magazine has ranked him as the 118th richest man in the world with a net worth of US$7.8 billion.

Berlusconi's political rise was rapid and surrounded by controversy. He was elected as a Member of Parliament for the first time and appointed as Prime Minister following the March 1994 parliamentary elections, when Forza Italia gained a relative majority a mere three months after having been officially launched. However, his cabinet collapsed after seven months, due to internal disagreements in his coalition. In the April 1996 snap parliamentary elections, Berlusconi ran for Prime Minister again but was defeated by centre-left candidate Romano Prodi. In the May 2001 parliamentary elections, he was again the centre-right candidate for Prime Minister and won against the centre-left candidate Francesco Rutelli. Berlusconi then formed his second and third cabinets, until 2006.

Berlusconi was leader of the centre-right coalition in the April 2006 parliamentary elections, which he lost by a very narrow margin, his opponent again being Romano Prodi. He was re-elected in the parliamentary elections of April 2008 following the collapse, on 24 January 2008, of Romano Prodi's government and sworn in as prime minister on 8 May 2008 (see also 2008 Italian political crisis).

Berlusconi has been criticised for his dominance over the Italian media. His broadcasting company Mediaset is the largest in the country and Berlusconi has never fulfilled his election promises to sell off his assets in the company to avoid a conflict of interest. His leadership has also been recently undermined by sex scandals..

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