SLIDESHOW: Politicians Sunk By Scandal
4. Silvio Berlusconi
Former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi is no stranger to scandals; in fact, scandal must be his middle name. He's been plagued by sex scandals, a high-profile divorce from his wife of 20 years, child prostitution and a brutal assault in Milan. All of this, miraculously, never affected him from continuing as prime minister -- until something called a tax fraud conviction came along this year. Mr. Berlusconi was sentenced to nearly four years in prison because of a case involving television rights.