Silvio Berlusconi is amongst the most recognizable Italians in this century. The 75-year old Italian has been the longest serving Italian prime minister after the Second World War. He resigned recently from his position the 16th of November, 2011. Having served three terms as the prime minister of Italy he stepped down because of the ongoing European debt crisis. He is well known in the football circle as the owner of the club that is the current Italian Champions, AC Milan. He is also the controlling shareholder of Mediaset which is the largest broadcasting company in Italy.
Berlusconi was born on 29th September 1936 and is well known as the Il Cavaliere which means “The Knight”. He bought the AC Milan on 20th February 1986 when it was on the verge of bankruptcy. He injected a lot of money in the club to save it and it was because of him, that AC Milan ventured into its most successful era over its entire history. They went on to win five Champion Leagues, a FIFA Club World Cup, eight domestic tiles, a Coppa Italia, two Intercontinental Cups, five EUFA Super Cups, and five Supercoppa Italiana. The AC Milan team of that time was voted as the best club side of all time, by World Soccer magazine. The AC Milan tickets sales improved drastically with their superb run. AC Milan has also won the title of the most recognized international club in the world
Berlusconi has also written the anthem of the club AC Milan who faced a difficult challenge when Leonardo decided to step down from his job and in a surprise and daring move Allegri was named as the replacement. Allegri proved to be an excellent choice when he ended the domination of their arch rivals, Inter Milan to help win AC Milan their first league title since 2004. This improved the sales of the AC Milan ticket. He also helped AC Milan to beat Inter Milan in both the league fixtures which made the fans absolutely adore the manager. This also helped the AC Milan tickets to enjoy higher sales. AC Milan reached the semi final of the Coppa Italia and won the Supercoppa Italiana by beating Inter Milan (again) in 2-1.
Berlusconi was the third richest man of Italy in 2010, according to the Forbes. His assets were worth 9 billion dollars and he has investments in a vast variety of areas. His main company is the Mediaset which his the largest television network of Italy. Media set alone covers nearly half of the television sector in Italy. Furthermore, Berlusconi is the founder and the major shareholder of the company Fininvest which is considered to amongst the largest private companies in the whole of Italy. He was the co founder of the Mediolanum which is one of the biggest banking and insurance groups of the country.
And lastly, he owns AC Milan which is the most prestigious cup of the Italy. Though the money that he earns for the AC Milan tickets sales may be peanuts to him, he is loved by the fans for not being one of those owners who milk the club. He saved the club from bankruptcy and the club has experienced the best time in its history under him. It is not a surprise that fans absolutely worship him.