Marina Berlusconi Denies She Will Pursue Politics Like Her Father

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Tuesday, 29 Oct 2013 01:25 PM

By Michael Mullins

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Marina Berlusconi, the eldest daughter of Italy's former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, says she will not be following in her famous father's footsteps with a career in politics.

The 47-year-old Berlusconi dismissed rumors about her future that had been circulating in the Italian media for months, issuing a statement Monday.

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In the statement, Berlusconi denies "in the most forceful way" that she has any intention of pursuing a political career, adding that her "past, present, and future" attention has always been in helping to run the Mediaset empire founded by her father, The Associated Press reported.

Mediaset, also known as Gruppo Mediaset, is the largest commercial broadcaster in the country that earned more than $5.1 billion in 2012.

"I have never had, and do not have, any intention of being engaged in politics," Berlusconi said, UPI.com reported.

Referring to the claims as "rumors and journalistic reconstructions that are far from any minimal connection with reality," Berlusconi added, "once again I'm forced to issue a denial and in the most comprehensive way possible."

Forbes magazine reported that Berlusconi is the chairman of the Italian media and entertainment company Fininvest.

The rumors that Berlusconi had political aspirations began several months ago when her father's former campaigners were reportedly trying to draft her as a leader of her father's center-right party.

In October, the former prime minister was sentenced to four years in jail for tax fraud in connection with the purchase of broadcasting rights by his Mediaset television company.

He is currently appealing the court's decision.

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In addition to his tax fraud conviction, the former prime minister was convicted in June of paying for sex with an underage prostitute and abusing his power. He was sentenced to seven years in prison and subsequently banned from holding future public office.

The former prime minister is appealing this as well.

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