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FILE - In this Thursday, Nov. 11, 2010 file photo Moroccan girl nicknamed Ruby attends a party in a disco in Genoa, Italy. Italy's leading newspaper is reporting that Premier Silvio Berlusconi is under investigation in a prostitution case involving a then-17-year-old Moroccan girl. Corriere della Sera reported online Friday, Jan. 14, 2011, that the 74-year-old premier is suspected of abusing his power in trying to cover up his alleged encounters with the girl, nicknamed Ruby. Berlusconi's office said it had no immediate comment. (AP Photo/str, File)

FILE - In this Thursday, Nov. 11, 2010 file photo Moroccan girl nicknamed Ruby attends a party in a disco in Genoa, Italy. Italy's leading newspaper is reporting that Premier Silvio Berlusconi is under investigation in a prostitution case involving a then-17-year-old Moroccan girl. Corriere della Sera reported online Friday, Jan. 14, 2011, that the 74-year-old premier is suspected of abusing his power in trying to cover up his alleged encounters with the girl, nicknamed Ruby. Berlusconi's office said it had no immediate comment. (AP Photo/str, File)

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Karima 'Ruby' El Mahroug, who is at the centre of allegations that Silvio Berlusconi paid for underage sex, denies she slept with the Italian premier.

Karima 'Ruby' El Mahroug, who is at the centre of allegations that Silvio Berlusconi paid for underage sex, denies she slept with the Italian premier.

A Moroccan girl nicknamed Ruby - allegedly linked to Silvio Berlusconi - attends a party in a disco in Genoa, Italy (AP)

A Moroccan girl nicknamed Ruby - allegedly linked to Silvio Berlusconi - attends a party in a disco in Genoa, Italy (AP)

FILE - In this Thursday, Nov. 11, 2010 file photo Moroccan girl nicknamed Ruby attends a party in a disco in Genoa, Italy. Italy's leading newspaper is reporting that Premier Silvio Berlusconi is under investigation in a prostitution case involving a then-17-year-old Moroccan girl. Corriere della Sera reported online Friday, Jan. 14, 2011, that the 74-year-old premier is suspected of abusing his power in trying to cover up his alleged encounters with the girl, nicknamed Ruby. Berlusconi's office said it had no immediate comment. (AP Photo/str, File)

Italy's playboy premier Silvio Berlusconi is very rich indeed. But while you might accuse him of various vices — as Milan's prosecutors are currently doing — parsimony isn't one of them.

Bank details leaked from magistrates probing his private life — and the nature of his relationship with teenage bellydancer Karima ‘Ruby’ El Mahroug — reveal a man who splashes out millions: €34m (£29.2m) last year, to be precise.

The usual billionaire's expenses of helicopter flights and maintaining luxury Caribbean estates figure on the Berlusconi bank statement.

And his generosity is evident in the gifts to friends and colleagues — such as the wedding present of £34,343 he gave to one of his secretaries, or the curious donation of £171,718 to the L'Aquila rugby squad.

Most remarkable, however, are the gifts and money he showers on young starlets who attend his infamous parties. In total, records suggest he gave £482,000 to 14 young women in 2010.

Belfast Telegraph


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