Berlusconi to Pay Ex-Wife $48M a Year Former Italian prime minister coughs up hefty alimony deal By John Johnson, Newser Staff Posted Dec 28, 2012 3:50 PM CST 25 comments Comments In this 2004 file photo, Italian premier Silvio Berlusconi and then-wife Veronica Lario are seen in a file photo. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File) (Newser) – The good news for Silvio Berlusconi is that he gets to keep the $100 million villa. The bad news is that he has to pay ex-wife Veronica Lario $48 million a year in alimony, reports the BBC. The former Italian prime minister reached a settlement with Lario this week. It's steep, but Forbes has pegged the media tycoon's worth at $6 billion. Lario left Berlusconi in 2009 when he was spotted in the company of an 18-year-old model. Today, the 76-year-old is engaged to an older woman—she's only 50 years his junior.