We're starting in a pretty pleasant place... with strong ties to the States... Italy. First the facts. With the United States as comparison. Italy is a Republic, governed by a President and Prime Minister. Fifty- seven million people live there... much smaller than our nearly 300,000,000. The gross domestic product... by purchasing power... is just a little over $25,000, $10,000 less than here.
When it comes to making money, the guy representing Italy knows better than anybody. Anybody in Italy, anyway. Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi. Born in the years leading up to World War Two, Berlusconi started making his fortune building homes, then branched out, big time. According to one article I found, the typical Italian can sit in his Berlusconi- built home, snack on foods purchased at a Berlusconi supermarket, reading a Berlusconi- owned paper while watching a Berlusconi television station broadcast Berlusconi's soccer team's latest game. Did we mention he's rich? Italy's richest man.