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The 74-year-old and his family have built a fortune estimated at $9bn by US business magazine Forbes.And his business acumen - with an empire spanning media, advertising, insurance, food and construction - has been sufficient evidence for many Italians of his ability to run their country too.He owns Italy's most successful football club, AC Milan, and his investment company controls Italy's three biggest private television stations. As prime minister, his appointees control the three RAI public channels too.Mr B has dodged a series of political, sex and corruption scandals but the constant drip of accusations against him has seen many of his friends and allies drift away.His second wife Veronica Lario began divorce proceedings in May 2009 and told one newspaper she could not stay with a man who "consorted with minors".
And in November 2010, his former political ally, Gianfranco Fini, called on him to resign, as revelations emerged about a teenaged Moroccan nightclub dancer named Ruby.