Look Who's Jumping Over The Counter

Free-market advocate Silvio Berlusconi, Italy's tycoon-turned-Prime Minister, is practicing what he preaches. To start disentangling the conflicts of interest between his political and business personas, he is turning to the stock market. On June 16, Berlusconi's Arnoldo Mondadori Editore publishing company, part of his privately held Fininvest media conglomerate, went public by selling 53% of its shares for $600 million in a heavily oversubscribed offering.

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