Italian Political Leader and Media Magnate Silvio Berlusconi Passes Away at 86

Three-time Italian Prime Minister and media tycoon Silvio Berlusconi passed away Monday at the San Raffaele healthcare facility in Milan, where he had been hospitalized given that last Friday for chronic leukemia.

Known affectionately as “Il Cavaliere” (the Knight), Berlusconi is endured by his brother Paolo, his five children Pier Silvio, Barbara, Marina, Luigi, and Eleonora, and ten grandchildren.

Berlusconi began his career in the building and construction industry and proceeded to media and sports, later on establishing the center-right Forza Italia political celebration.

In 1977, Berlusconi saved the Italian everyday Il Giornale, established by the journalist Indro Montanelli just 3 years previously, from likely bankruptcy, at first purchasing 12 percent and after that 37.5 percent of the paper. He founded a variety of television stations ultimately agglomerated into his Mediaset media empire in 2015.

In 1986, he bought the AC Milan soccer team, working with coach Arrigo Sacchi, who took the team to champion in 1988, two European Cups, 2 Intercontinental Cups and 2 European Super Cups in between 1989 and 1990. Later On with Fabio Capello, Milan won 4 champions in 5 years, 1 Champions League, 1 UEFA Super Cup in the early 1990s.

Berlusconi lastly sold Milan in 2017 after 31 years, ending up being the club’s longest-serving and most effective manager, having brought 29 trophies to its display, including 8 champions, 5 between the European Cups and Champions League, and 2 Intercontinental Cups.

Berlusconi established the Forza Italia party in 1993 and on January 26, 1994, announced in a video message his factors for getting in Italian politics.

Silvio Berlusconi holds an interview revealing his launching in politics at the foreign press conference space on November 26, 1993 in Rome, Italy. (Franco Origlia/Getty Images)

“I have actually decided to take the field and enter into politics due to the fact that I do not wish to reside in an illiberal country, governed by immature forces and by guys carefully connected to a politically and financially bankrupt past,” he stated.

In Might of that year, Berlusconi was sworn in as Prime Minister, the very first prime minister to be chosen without ever having held a federal government post, but this first experience of government lasted simply 6 months due to the very first blow struck by a politicized judiciary. The Milan Public Prosecutor’s Workplace under Antonio Di Pietro opened an examination into Berlusconi’s affairs, forcing him to step down from office.

In 2000, Berlusconi released his “agreement with the Italians,” in which he pledged to minimize taxes, decrease criminal offense, raise minimum pensions, create one and a half million new tasks and launch a significant works plan to restart the economy.

His second term in office, from 2001 and 2006, was the longest served by any Italian leader because The second world war.

Throughout the early 2000s, the judicial war against Berlusconi also intensified, implicating him of multiple forms of corruption in addition to ties with the Mafia, without nevertheless ever having the ability to show his guilt. Just in 2013 was he lastly founded guilty of tax fraud.


( From L)Leader of Brothers of Italy Giorgia Meloni, head of the Forza Italia (Go Italy) Silvio Berlusconi and leader of the League Matteo Salvini, give a joint press conference at the Tempio di Adriano in Rome on March 1, 2018, ahead of Italy’s March 4 general election. (ALBERTO PIZZOLI/AFP via Getty Images)

Berlusconi led 3 Italian governments in between 1994 and 2011. In 2019, he won a seat in the European parliament and in basic elections in October 2022 Forza Italia returned to govern as junior partner in a coalition led by Giorgia Meloni’s Fratelli d’Italia. Berlusconi was also chosen as a senator.

Berlusconi handled to get better from corruption claims along with sex scandals, the latter including his notoriously hedonistic “bunga bunga” celebrations at his homes in Rome and Sardinia, supposedly including minor woman of the streets.

This spring, he spent 6 weeks at the San Raffaele hospital in Milan going through treatment for a lung infection linked to chronic myelomonocytic leukemia.

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