Silvio Berlusconi Fast Facts

(CNN)Here's a look at the life of billionaire and former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.

Personal:
Birth date:
September 29, 1936
Birth place: Milan, Italy
Father: Luigi Berlusconi, bank clerk
Mother: Rosella (Bossi) Berlusconi, homemaker
    Marriages: Veronica Lario, (1990-2012, divorced); Carla Dall'Oglio, (1965-1985, divorced)
    Children: with Veronica Lario: Luigi, Eleonora, Barbara; with Carla Dall'Oglio: Piersilvio, Marina
    Education: University of Milan, Law, 1961
    Other Facts:
    He has been the subject of multiple corruption and bribery trials.
    Berlusconi's political party, the Forza Italia Party was named for "Forza, Italia!" (Go, Italy!), a chant heard at Italian national football (soccer) team games. Berlusconi owns the AC Milan football club.
    He has been treated for prostate cancer.
    Timeline:
    1962 -
    Founds Edilnord, a real estate and construction firm.
    1974 - Creates the closed-circuit cable television station Telimilano Cavo.
    1978 - Forms Fininvest, a holding company under which he would eventually own television networks, department stores, the AC Milan football team, insurance companies, bookstore chains and real estate.
    1980 - Launches Canale 5, Italy's first national commercial television network. Italia 1 follows in 1982 and Rete 4 in 1984.
    February 19, 1986 - Buys the AC Milan football club.
    1988 - Buys La Standa, Italy's largest department store.
    January 26, 1994 - Resigns all his positions at Fininvest to enter politics, but still holds stock.
    1994 - Forms the Forza Italia Party and is elected prime minister.
    December 22, 1994 - Is removed from office after losing the support of other political parties.
    1996 - Loses the election for prime minister to Romano Prodi.
    December 1997 - Is sentenced to 16 months for accounting fraud at Fininvest. The sentence is later suspended.
    July 1998 - Is sentenced to two years and four months and fined $5.6 million for corruption/illegal party financing, then is sentenced to two years and nine months for bribing tax inspectors. An appeals court overturns the corruption charges in October 1999. The bribery conviction is thrown out in May 2000.
    May 13, 2001 - Wins the general election with 18.5 million votes to become prime minister of Italy.
    February 10, 2004 - Becomes the first leader to visit Libya since Moammar Gadhafi's promise to end development of weapons of mass destruction.
    April 20, 2005 - Resigns but is sworn in as the prime minister again after forming a new government three days later, on April 23.
    March 10, 2006 - Prosecutors decide that Berlusconi should be put on trial for judicial corruption.
    April 9-10, 2006 - Berlusconi squares off against Prodi in a general election. Early returns indicate Prodi is the winner.
    April 19, 2006 - The Italian Supreme Court confirms Prodi's election win, but Berlusconi doesn't concede and resign until May 2.
    October 30, 2006 - Berlusconi and British lawyer David Mills are ordered to stand trial on charges of tax fraud. Berlusconi is accused of paying Mills $600,000 in exchange for favorable testimony in two cases.
    November 26, 2006 - Faints while addressing a rally on live television. Doctors later state that he has an irregular heartbeat.
    December 19, 2006 - Receives an implantable pacemaker at the Cleveland Clinic.
    March 13, 2007 - The tax fraud trial against Berlusconi and Mills begins. Both Mills and Berlusconi face prison terms from four to twelve years if convicted.
    September 24, 2007 - The trial is moved to London to aid witnesses who claim traveling to Italy would be too difficult.
    February 21, 2008 - Berlusconi's tax fraud trial is suspended until after the election.
    April 14, 2008 - Wins the Italian parliamentary elections to become the prime minister for the third time.
    May 8, 2008 - Is sworn in.
    October 7, 2009 - Italy's Constitutional Court strikes down a 2008 law that would have given Berlusconi immunity from prosecution.
    December 14, 2010 - Survives parliamentary confidence vote in the lower house by three votes. The win sparks a demonstration in Rome where nearly 100 are injured.
    January 14, 2011 - Magistrates in Milan reveal they are investigating whether Berlusconi paid for sex with an underage girl and then abused his power by trying to cover it up.
    February 28, 2011 - Tax fraud trial from 2007 resumes.
    April 6, 2011 - The trial for having sex with an underage girl begins.
    June 24, 2013 - Berlusconi is found guilty of having sex with an underage prostitute and of abuse of power and is sentenced to seven years in prison. An appeals court overturns the conviction in July 2014.
    October 2013 - Berlusconi is preliminarily indicted on allegations he bribed a senator to support his party in 2006.
    July 8, 2015 - Berlusconi is convicted of bribing a senator to change political factions. He is sentenced to three years in prison and banned from holding public office for five years. However, since the statute of limitations is due to expire before any appeals proceeding can take place, Berlusconi will not serve prison time.
    June 7, 2016 - Is hospitalized in Milan with a heart-related problem.
    March 2017 - Ranked No. 199 on Forbes' list of the world's billionaires, with a net worth of $7 billion.