06/22/2010 01:01 pm ET Updated May 25, 2011

Italy's Umberto Bossi Rivals Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi In Political Influence

ROME, Italy -- Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi and his key ally, Northern League founder Umberto Bossi, share similar biographies. Both ascended from humble origins to control media outlets and political empires. But there is a fundamental difference: Bossi, unlike Berlusconi, never amassed a fortune and, even after nearly 20 years at the top of Italian politics, still lives in his old house in Gemonio, half an hour from Milan.

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