Berlusconi to young women: Seek rich guys like me

Updated: Sep 13, 2010, 20:15 PM IST

Rome: Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi is advising young women to follow the money when looking for a partner, saying women like him and "I`m loaded."

Berlusconi, who was embroiled in a sex scandal last year and is known for his gaffes, also raised eyebrows with a joke about Hitler.

The billionaire businessman appeared at a convention yesterday of the youth wing of his People of Freedom party. When questioned by one of his Cabinet ministers -- a woman--he joked about marriages of convenience, saying women were lining up for him because "I`m a nice guy" and "I`m loaded."

He also recalled a much criticised TV interview he once gave, when "I said to a girl to look for a wealthy boyfriend. This suggestion is not unrealistic."

He also claimed women favour older men, thinking that "he`s old. He dies and I inherit."

The 73-year-old Berlusconi was engulfed in a sex scandal last year centering on his purported dalliances with young women, including an escort. Berlusconi`s wife Veronica Lario
said last year she was seeking a divorce. They are now separated.

The media baron has said he is "no saint" but denied ever paying for sex.