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Silvio Berlusconi is an Italian media tycoon and politician who served as Prime Minister of Italy in four governments. Berlusconi is the controlling shareholder of Mediaset and owned the Italian football club A.C. Milan from 1986 to 2017. He was convicted of tax-fraud along with a public office ban for two years. Since his age exceeded 70 years, he was exempted from direct imprisonment, and instead served his sentence by doing unpaid social community work. Because of being sentenced to a gross imprisonment for more than two years, a new Italian anticorruption law made the Senate expel and bar him from serving any legislative office for six years. Berlusconi has pledged to stay leader of Forza Italia throughout the period where he serves his imprisonment sentence and public office ban. Berlusconi is famous for his populist political style and brash, overbearing personality

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Chinese businessman Yonghong Li, right, shakes hands with Silvio Berlusconi in Arcore, Italy, Thursday, April 13, 2017. A new era began at AC Milan on Thursday after the sale of Italy’s most successful club to a Chinese-led consortium ended Silvio Berlusconi’s 31 years in charge. Berlusconi’s holding company, Fininvest, released a statement Thursday announcing that it had completed the transfer of its 99.93 percent stake in Milan to Rossoneri Sport Luxembourg, which was formerly known as Sino-Europe Sports. (Livio Anticoli/ANSA via AP)

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FILE - In this file photo taken in Athens on May 23, 2007, AC Milan's Silvio Berlusconi raises the trophy aloft as he stands with his team after they beat Liverpool 2-1 to win the Champions League Final soccer. The takeover of AC Milan has been completed Thursday, April 13, 2017, with Silvio Berlusconi selling the club to a Chinese consortium after 31 years in charge. (AP Photo/Murad Sezer)

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Silvio Berlusconi waves from his car as he leaves the Sacra Famiglia' community in Cesano Boscone, near Milan, Italy, Friday, June 20, 2014. Silvio Berlusconi’s legal challenge to a conviction of paying for sex with an under-age prostitute has opened as the ex-premier spent his seventh morning working with Alzheimer’s patients as part of a tax-fraud sentence. Berlusconi is appealing a conviction, seven-year prison sentence and lifetime ban from politics. He denies having had sex with the Moroccan teen at the center of the scandal that revealed racy, sex-fueled “bunga bunga” parties at the then-premier’s villa near Milan. The appeals trial, which opened Friday, is expected to continue for months. Berlusconi is performing community service four hours a week as part of his sentence for tax fraud. The four-year sentence was reduced to one year under a general amnesty, which can apply only to a first conviction. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)