Silvio Berlusconi is an Italian media magnate and politician. A three-time prime minister of Italy, his career has been marked by a number of scandals.
Born in Milan in 1936, Silvio Berlusconi rose from a middle class background to become one of Italy's wealthiest men. He launched his own cable TV channel in 1974 before starting a career in politics in 1993. He founded the right-wing Forza Italia party and served three times as prime minister (1994-5; 2001-6; 2008-11). He has been embroiled in various sex and corruption scandals during the course of his career. In 2013, he was convicted of tax fraud and barred from seeking office. This is a collection of DW's content on Silvio Berlusconi.
The four-time, former prime minister was expelled from the Senate in 2013 following years of legal battles involving sex with minors and abuse of power. He appeared in a video for his party colleague's animal rights group, which wants to wean Italy off of lamb for Easter.
The former Italian PM's investment arm Fininvest has confirmed a preliminary deal reached with a group of Chinese investors over the ownership of the Milan club. EPL side West Bromwich will also move into Chinese Hands.
The former Italian premier has angered many after his comments about a woman considering running for mayor of Rome. The comments come as the cash-strapped city finds itself in the middle of a tense political battle.