Marina Berlusconi: the discreet Italian heiress running her family empire

Every Monday for the past 30 years, Marina Berlusconi and her brother Pier Silvio discussed business and politics over supper with their father and his closest entourage at his residence outside Milan.

This week, there was no such dinner at Villa San Martino, an 18th-century estate. Instead, Marina, the eldest of Silvio Berlusconi’s five children, was woken at dawn by a call from her father’s latest companion, Marta Fascina, who told her the three-time prime minister and media tycoon was in his final hours and she should rush to the hospital, according to people close to the daughter….

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