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Berlusconi Left a Lot of Worthless Art Behind
Berlusconi's Heirs Have
25K Worthless Paintings
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Berlusconi's Heirs Have 25K Worthless Paintings

They're reportedly planning to destroy late Italian leader's vast collection of bad art

(Newser) - Silvio Berlusconi's heirs inherited a media empire worth billions of dollars, along with a vast portfolio of properties, after he died in June . They also inherited a huge collection of mostly worthless art. Berlusconi, Italy's longest-serving prime minister, reportedly bought around 25,000 paintings in the last years...

Silvio Berlusconi Is Dead at 86
Silvio Berlusconi
Is Dead at 86

Silvio Berlusconi Is Dead at 86

Billionaire was Italy's longest-serving prime minister, despite a slew of scandals

(Newser) - Silvio Berlusconi, the boastful billionaire media mogul who was Italy's longest-serving premier despite scandals over his sex-fueled parties and allegations of corruption, died Monday, according to his television network. He was 86. Mediaset announced his death with a smiling photo of the former PM on its homepage and the...

Berlusconi's Birthday Gift From Putin Breached Sanctions

20 bottles of vodka sent to ex-Italian PM by Russian president violated measures on Ukraine

(Newser) - What do you get a former Italian prime minister who has everything when his birthday rolls around? In Silvio Berlusconi's case, his old pal Vladimir Putin figured nearly two dozen bottles of hard liquor would do the trick. Unfortunately, the European Commission has determined that thoughtful gift breaches sanctions...

Berlusconi Hospitalized With COVID-19

Aide says 83-year-old is in for 'monitoring'

(Newser) - Former Italian premier Silvio Berlusconi, who has a history of heart and other medical problems, was admitted to a Milan hospital early Friday as a precaution to monitor his coronavirus infection, a top aide said. Sen. Lucia Ronzulli told RAI state TV Friday morning that the media mogul, 83, who...

Berlusconi Seeking Buyer for Superyacht

'Morning Glory' will set you back $11M

(Newser) - Looking to escape the coronavirus in style? This option will cost a mere $11 million. The "first-class" superyacht Morning Glory—complete with five suites, a formal dining area, spiral staircase, marble fireplace, and sprawling decks—is being sold by the former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi, per CNN . The...

Italy Just Had a Monumental Election
Voters in Italy Just
Ousted the Establishment

Voters in Italy Just Ousted the Establishment

Populist and far-right parties deal a strong blow to the euro zone

(Newser) - Italian voters went to the polls over the weekend and upended the political establishment. The big winners were populist and far-right parties, which received about 55% of the vote in total, though it could take weeks to figure out exactly what kind of coalition will be governing the country. The...

Berlusconi Acquitted in Bunga Bunga Case

Court upholds decision to clear him in prostitute scandal

(Newser) - Italy's highest court upheld Silvio Berlusconi's acquittal in his infamous "bunga bunga" case today, giving the former premier a welcome legal victory as he tries to rally his Forza Italia party ahead of regional elections in May. The Court of Cassation rejected prosecutors' appeal and confirmed Berlusconi'...

Italy to Shrink Deficit Using Hookers, Cocaine

Illegal activities to be added to GDP

(Newser) - Surprisingly enough, this idea didn't come from Silvio Berlusconi: Italy plans to include things like illegal drug sales, prostitution, and cigarette smuggling in its GDP figures for the first time, immediately giving the size of the economy a big boost, Bloomberg reports. Prime Minister Mario Renzi has pledged to...

Berlusconi: I Did Not Call Merkel 'Un[bleep]able'

Plus: more hijinks from Silvio's interview with the BBC

(Newser) - Oh, those wacky European leaders: Perhaps the wackiest of them all, Silvio Berlusconi, gave an interview to the BBC's Jeremy Paxman that aired last night, and predictable ridiculousness ensued, reports the Guardian . Asked point-blank, "Do you have a particular problem with Angela Merkel? Is it true you called...

Berlusconi Reports for Duty at Hospice

Former Italian PM begins community service with Alzheimer's patients

(Newser) - Silvio Berlusconi headed to a hospice today ... to begin his community service for tax fraud . The former Italian prime minister was initially handed a four-year jail sentence, but it was dropped to a one-year term—now to be spent working one day a week with Alzheimer's patients. Berlusconi, who...

Berlusconi Bribed 'Bunga Bunga' Women to Keep Quiet: Court

New probe likely for former Italian PM

(Newser) - Silvio Berlusconi paid women who attended his "bunga bunga" parties to keep silent during a probe, an Italian court says. Amid suspicion over the parties, investigators searched the homes of young women allegedly involved. Afterward, in January 2011, Berlusconi invited the women to talk with his lawyers—and the...

Berlusconi Kicked Out of Senate

Italian Senate expels him following tax fraud conviction

(Newser) - Silvio Berlusconi won't be holding public office for at least six years after the Italian Senate expelled him from Parliament today. Berlusconi called today a "day of mourning for democracy" ahead of the vote, which is related to his tax fraud conviction, as thousands of his supporters cheered...

Berlusconi Banned From Politics for 2 Years

But he can still lead political party without holding office

(Newser) - A Milan appeals court today set Silvio Berlusconi's political ban in his tax fraud conviction at two years, setting the stage for more wrangling over the future of the embattled politician who continues to wield political influence. The appellate court was ordered by Italy's highest court to determine...

Berlusconi Has Worst Day Yet in Court

His conviction, jail sentence for tax fraud is upheld

(Newser) - Silvio Berlusconi has had his share of bad days in court in recent years, but none worse than today. Italy's top court upheld his tax-fraud conviction and related one-year jail sentence, and almost every story calls it his "first definitive conviction" or some close variation after all his...

Berlusconi Found Guilty, Gets 7 Years in Sex Case

Former Italian prime minister also barred from running for office

(Newser) - Silvio Berlusconi's alleged sexcapades earned him a seven-year prison romp today, as a Milan court found him guilty of paying an underage prostitutenamely Karima El Mahroug, aka Ruby the Heartstealer for sex at one of his infamous "bunga bunga" parties . The court also found the former...

Women Dressed as Obama at Berlusconi's Parties

Ruby Heartstealer reveals what went on inside his private disco

(Newser) - Silvio Berlusconi's notorious "bunga bunga" parties featured women dressed as sexy nuns, nurses and ... Barack Obama. That's according to Moroccan dancer Karima el-Mahroug—known better as "Ruby Heartstealer"—with whom the former Italian Prime Minister is accused of paying for sex when she was still...

Ford in Hot Water for Gagged Kardashian Ad

Seems India ad agency went a little rogue

(Newser) - Never mind that they were never supposed to see the light of day, Ford is quickly backing away from and apologizing for a pair of less-than-tasteful ads featuring bound and gagged women in the trunk of its Ford Figo. In one, Silvio Berlusconi sits at the wheel with three women...

Berlusconi Gets 1 Year in Wiretap Case

But prison sentence won't start immediately

(Newser) - Silvio Berlusconi was sentenced to a year in prison today in his wiretapping case, but don't look for him to be wearing stripes anytime soon, Reuters reports. He can appeal the decision, and a jail term won't start until all possible appeals are exhausted, ANSA explains. This sentence...

Italy Deadlocked After Crucial Elections

Chaos looms after no clear winner emerges

(Newser) - One of the most closely watched Italian elections of recent years has delivered a suitably dramatic result. Pier Luigi Bersani's center-left bloc has narrowly beaten Silvio Berlusconi's right-wing coalition to win control of the lower house, but failed to win a majority in the Senate—leaving Italy likely...

As Italy Votes, Topless Protesters Target Berlusconi

Three women had 'Enough with Berlusconi' written on their backs

(Newser) - Three feminist protesters added a little zing to Italy's crucial elections today, ripping off their shirts and attempting to charge Silvio Berlusconi as he voted. The trio had "Enough with Berlusconi" ("Basta Berlusconi") written across their backs, reports Sky News , and were quickly accosted by police...

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