April 10, 2009 / 2:05 PM / 11 years ago

Berlusconi offers own homes to quake survivors

L’AQUILA, Italy, April 10 (Reuters) - Italy’s billionaire prime minister, Silvio Berlusconi, on Friday offered to put up in his own homes some of the thousands of people made homeless by this week’s earthquake.

"I will do what I can too, by offering some of my houses," the 72-year-old media mogul told reporters after a state funeral for the victims in the mountain city of L’Aquila.

About 17,000 survivors are living in tents in L’Aquila and other towns in the central Abruzzo region, which was hit by the 6.3 magnitude quake on Monday. Thousands more are being put up in hotels or have found refuge with family.

Berlusconi’s private homes include a mansion in Arcore near Milan, beach villas in Sardinia and Portofino on the Riviera, another on Lake Maggiore, an apartment in central Rome and many more. Forbes magazine rates him as Italy’s second richest man. (Reporting by Silvia Aloisi; writing by Stephen Brown)

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