Italy Berlusconi: Ex-wife to pay back €60m in alimony

An ex-wife of former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has been ordered to pay him back €60m ($70m; £53m) in alimony after a court ruled that she did not need the money. He will also no longer need to pay €1.4m a month to Veronica Lario, mother of three of his children.

His lawyers said Ms Lario was wealthy enough to support herself with her €16m fortune. She has not commented. They split in 2009 after he was seen at the 18th birthday of an aspiring model. A court in 2012 initially awarded Ms Lario, 61, alimony of €3m a month. That was cut to €1.4m in 2013, but Berlusconi, 81, complained it was still too high.

An appeals court in Milan voted in his favour, saying she did not need additional income. Her wealth includes cash deposits, jewels and a real estate business. The decision followed a ruling by Italy’s supreme court this year that divorce settlements should no longer guarantee spouses the standard of living they had during the marriage but rather ensure their financial sufficiency.

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