Update: June 12, 2023
RIP Silvio Berlusconi
Mr. Silvio Berlusconi passed away today at the age of 86 in Milan, Italy. The billionaire media mogul and former Italian prme minister had various old age related health issues, including leukaemia and a lung infection. Irrespective of what you make of his politics, it was great to see an old man still care about his hair so much. 92-year old William Shatner remains our geriatric hair loss hero.
March 4, 2018
Before there was Donald Trump, there was Silvio Berlusconi. Mr. Trump’s first time ascendancy to the US presidency in 2016 came at what most pundits at the time considered the old age of 70. However, Mr. Berlusconi is looking at a potential fifth time entry into the upper echelons of Italian politics in 2018. At the ripe old age of 81. Elections are going on today.
Both these two very vain men are controversial billionaires with highly sordid pasts. Moreover, both leaders have over the years undergone major cosmetic procedures to enhance their scalp hair and overall appearance. Both also seem to be huge fans of the tanned (sometimes orange colored) appearance. Berlusconi digged Barack Obama’s tanned look.
Mr. Trump and Mr. Berlusconi have over the years been obsessed about their own appearances as well as that of numerous other acquaintances. Berlusconi has in the past had hair transplants, used hair dye, used hair concealers and reportedly also tried out a hairpiece. Trump takes finasteride for his hair loss.
A Younger Silvio Berlusconi is Back
In today’s Italian general elections, a resurgent Silvio Berlusconi is expected to lead his party Forza Italia to garner the largest vote share, albeit not a majority. While Mr. Berlusconi has been banned from holding public office till next year due to a past fraud conviction, it is very possible that he will pick the next prime minister of Italy.
Moreover, he will become eligible to run for Italian prime minister next year at the age of 82. Considering that Italy has had 65 changes in governance over the past 70 years, it is not out of the question that Mr. Berlusconi will ascend yet one more time next year or thereafter.
During the latest election campaign, Mr. Berlusconi has made a number of appearances with a way too perfect looking hairline and wrinkle free wax-like face. This has as usual caused wild speculation in the Italian media.
Berlusconi Hair Transplant
Mr. Berlusconi has been confirmed to have had hair transplants and other cosmetic procedures many times in the past. He even told members of his own party to get hair transplants in order to be elected. In his latest public appearances in 2018, he joked that he can refer people to his excellent hair transplant surgeon.
Many people also think that Mr. Berlusconi is thickening his hair using hair loss concealers or by other means.
I would concur, since it is very rare for so-called “permanent” donor hair that is used in hair transplantation procedures to not thin at least moderately in men over the age of 80. My mother’s side grandfather had absolutely no donor hair left even in his 70s.
Moreover, Mr. Berlusconi’s latest photos and perfect frontal hair line arc seem to suggest more than just a hair transplant, although I am no expert in this matter. Whatever he has had done to himself, he clearly has much more hair (or hair-like camouflage) today in comparison to several decades ago.