Berlusconi: The Epic Story of the Billionaire Who Took Over by Alan Friedman

By Alan Friedman

Ahead of there has been actual property rich person cum President-Elect Donald J. Trump, there has been Silvio Berlusconi, the billionaire media wealthy person grew to become leading minster who ruled Italian existence for the previous two decades. In a candid, warts-and-all portrait of the chief who performed difficult in workplace and in inner most existence. From the bunga-bunga events to his such a lot mystery moments with international leaders, this biography is wealthy in anecdotes and revelations concerning Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, George W. Bush, Vladimir Putin, Mikhail Gorbachev, Tony Blair, Nicolas Sarkozy, Angela Merkel , and plenty of others.

Berlusconi's superb upward thrust to energy began from not anything. A self-created guy, he used to be a cruise send crooner as a tender guy, grew to become a true property wealthy person within the '70s, begun the 1st advertisement tv community in background, and became AC Milan right into a world-class football membership. And that was once all sooner than he survived the squalid swampland of Italian politics to develop into leading minister who has not just served the longest in Italian heritage, but additionally has generated the main controversy of arguably any international chief today.

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Before he and Confalonieri had graduated from the Salesian high school they were already in the entertainment business; they had already formed a five-piece band in their last year of school. “He was the maestro, and he played the piano, and I was the lead singer and I used to play the upright bass and the guitar,” recalls Berlusconi. “We would get gigs mainly on Saturday nights and on Sunday afternoons, really good gigs, and we would make good money. ” The newly formed band, starring Silvio on bass and Fedele at the keyboards, seemed a natural calling for these two Salesian schmoozers.

It was eight-thirty in the morning,” he says, “and I was already playing the organ at mass and leading the kids in the choir in a song. Well, one day Fedele walked in, and it was clear from the start that he was much better at playing the organ than me. He was taking lessons at the conservatory. ” For his part, Confalonieri remembers his friend as a born entertainer. “He was always entertaining the rest of us, he was a real charmer, an actor in school plays, he would write for the school newspaper, and of course at the Salesian high school there was mass every day.

And it was here that he plotted his latest political comeback in 2015. It was here in the family chapel that he interred the ashes of his parents and of his sister. It was here that his son and daughter-in-law and grandchildren still lived. It was here that at the age of seventy-six he took a new girlfriend, some fifty years his junior. It all happened here. At Arcore. I am reminded of the very first time I went to see Berlusconi at Arcore, back in the 1980s when Tina Brown asked me to write a piece for Vanity Fair about the “New Princes” of Italian capitalism who were challenging the “Uncrowned King of Italy,” Gianni Agnelli.

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