Could Berlusconi's Love Of The Ladies Cost Him Billions?
It's been no secret that Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi has a wandering eye. But his wife, Veronica Lario, who is 20 years his junior, finally seems to have had enough. Over the weekend, she announced that she wants a divorce apparently angered by Berlusconi's attendance at an 18-year-old girl's birthday party. The pair have lived separate lives for many years. In fact to find a picture of them in public archives you have to go back to 2004.
This is far from the first time that Veronica Lario has vented her frustrations about her husband's behavior. In 2007, she was so angry about Berlusconi's overtures to MP Mara Carfagna that she wrote a letter to the newspaper La Repubblica.
Berlusconi for his part is blustering about, saying that he is not sure if he can forgive his wife this time and the nearly 30-year relationship may be over. The couple met in 1980 and married in 1990 and have three children. Should they divorce a $6.5 billion fortune is at stake. Berlusconi owns Italy's three biggest private TV networks and a host of other businesses. He has five children total. His son and daughter from his first marriage are involved in two of his businesses and his children with Lario, who are all in their early 20s, own stakes in his holding company Fininvest.
Berlusconi's divorce could be one of the most expensive in history, a list that currently includes Michael Jordan and Paul McCartney and is topped by Rupert Murdoch. Maybe he and Mel Gibson need to get together and commiserate.