This article is not about the future but that real life trumping fiction.
That is the conclusion of the country’s Supreme Court of Cassation in Rome. The billionaire tycoon, nicknamed the Teflon Don, worked with Cosa Nostra, the Sicilian Mafia, via his conduit and former senator Marcello Dell’Utri after judges sentenced Dell’Utri to seven years for mafia association.
Three-time premier Berlusconi, 77, has always denied rumors that mob links were behind the large and opaquely sourced investments used to kickstart his construction and media businesses in the 1970s and 1980s.
In The Godfather Part III, set in 1979-80, Michael Corleone has moved back to New York and taken great steps to make the family legitimate. He has turned over control of his New York criminal interests to longtime enforcer Joey Zasa, sold his gambling interests to the other Mafia families and reorganized his vast business holdings as the “Corleone Group” to appease The Vatican. Wracked with guilt over his ruthless rise to power, he is using his wealth to restore his reputation through numerous acts of charity. The Holy See has named him a Commander of the Order of Saint Sebastian for his good works.
In Godfather part 3, Michael Corleone pays $600,000,000 for the controlling shares of the company “Immobiliare” without even blinking and he gave $100,000,000 to charity.
Berlusconi shows other in the US and Europe are amateurs at Corruption but not for lack of effort
R. Hunter Biden, a lawyer and a partner in an investment firm, was recently named to the board of directors of Burisma Holdings, a private company that has drilled for natural gas in Ukraine since 2002.
The White House on Tuesday brushed aside questions about whether the involvement of Vice President Joe Biden’s son in a Ukrainian natural gas company raised ethical issues at a time when the administration is promoting energy diversity in the country.
A close friend of Secretary of State John Kerry’s stepson has joined the board of a Ukrainian gas producer controlled by a former top security and energy official for deposed President Viktor Yanukovych.
Gerhard Fritz Kurt Schröder was Chancellor of Germany from 1998 to 2005. He is currently the chairman of the board of Nord Stream AG, after having been hired as a global manager by investment bank Rothschild. Nord Stream AG is a consortium for construction and operation of the planned Nord Stream submarine pipeline between Vyborg in Russia and Greifswald in Germany, a project initially promoted by Chancellor Gerhard Schröder and President Vladimir Putin. The consortium was incorporated in Zug, Switzerland, on 30 November 2005. The original name of company was the North European Gas Pipeline Company.
Gazprom has 51% of Nord Stream.
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