Berlusconi To Pay Ex-Wife $48M a Year

Your News Companion by Ben Mathis-Lilley
Dec. 28 2012 3:41 PM

Berlusconi To Pay Ex-Wife $48 Million a Year

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A 2004 photograph showing Silvio Berlusconi next to his then-wife Veronica Lario

Photo by VINCENZO PINTO/AFP/Getty Images

Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has agreed to pay $48 million a year to his ex-wife Veronica Lario, according to local news reports. That is quite the increase from Berlusconi’s first offer that was reportedly $5m. The 56-year-old lario had initially demanded $56 million, reports the BBC.

Lario, a former actress who married Berlusconi in 1990 asked for a divorce in 2009, scandalously saying: "I cannot stay with a man who frequents minors," notes the Guardian. At the time, Berlusconi had been photographed attending a party for an 18-year-old. Since then, Berlusconi’s sexual exploits have received lots of attention, particularly his now infamous “Bunga Bunga” parties. The reported settlement comes at a time when Berlusconi is returning to politics before a February election. He is currently engaged to Francesca Pasquale, who at 27 is almost 50 years his junior.

Daniel Politi has been contributing to Slate since 2004 and wrote the "Today's Papers" column from 2006 to 2009. You can follow him on Twitter @dpoliti.

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