Silvio Berlusconi (born September 29, 1936) is currently (as of 2005) the Prime Minister of Italy. He is the leader of the Forza Italia political movement, a movement which was created for his entry into politics, and the owner of an Italian media empire.
Berlusconi is also famous as a businessman owning a large proportion of Italian Media, some banks and other companies. His ownership of AC Milan has been claimed to be an important factor in the success of his political career.His media ownership whilst being prime minister has been a source of controversy.
Italian public opinion is split in judging his actions and controversial personality. To some he is a corrupt figure acting for his personal interest, to others he is the leader driving Italy forward.
$12 billion as of 2005.