For the past 3 years or so, former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has been duking it out in court with his second wife, Veronica Lario, who apparently got tired of his womanizing ways. The divorce has just been settled – and suffice it to say that Mrs. Lario won’t have to work a single day in her life anymore.
The settlement comes just days after Berlusconi announced he’d gotten engaged to his much younger girlfriend, 27-year-old Francesca Pascale. For some context, Berlusconi is 76.
Naturally, that he settled the divorce just now can’t possibly be a coincidence, voices online are saying: he must already be getting married to tie the knot for a third time.
Whichever may be the case, the bottom line is that Mrs. Lario is set for life, as The Hollywood Reporter also notes, even though she didn’t get the amount she and her attorney were asking for.
At least she can find some consolation in knowing she got more than Berlusconi was willing to pay.
“He will pay her €36 million ($47.2 million) per year in alimony payments. That works out to be nearly €100,000 ($131,000) per day,” THR writes.
“The final figure is below the €43 million ($56.3 million) per year Lario asked for, but ten times the €3.6 million ($4.7 million) per year Berlusconi offered,” the same media outlet reports.
Word online has it that Larios asked for such astronomical figures on the basis of being very high maintenance – and, of course, because she knows her ex can afford it.
“The judge’s decision announced Friday is the culmination of a three-year divorce ordeal started in 2009 after Lario announced she was leaving Berlusconi because of his taste for young women, following the widely reported 18th birthday party of would-be Neapolitan showgirl Noemi Letizia, which Berlusconi attended, paparazzi in tow,” THR further mentions.
Should he be considering to tie the knot with Francesca, Berlusconi might as well consider a prenup.