THE MONDADORI GROUP
The Mondadori Group is one of the top publishing companies in Europe. It is Italy’s biggest book and magazine publisher and the third largest in the consumer magazine segment in France. Mondadori’s activities also include advertising, digital, radio, retailing and direct marketing.
The Group is the absolute leader in Italy’s book market, operating through publishing houses including Edizioni Mondadori, Einaudi, Piemme, Sperling & Kupfer and Electa.
In magazines, Mondadori publishes some of Italy’s most-read and well-known titles, including Panorama, the country’s first ever news weekly; Grazia, Italy’s first women’s magazine – now distributed internationally; some of the country’s top-selling titles such as Donna Moderna, Chi and TV Sorrisi e Canzoni; and Casabella, Italy’s first and most prestigious magazine on architecture. Mondadori France publishes the weekly Closer, the top-seller among women’s titles. Mondadori also operates internationally thanks to a network of partners.
The Mondadori Group employs 3,649 people and in 2010 generated 1.5583 billion euros in sales. Marina Berlusconi is chairman of the company as of February 2003 and since October 2005 has been chairman of Fininvest SpA, the holding company that owns the 50.408% of Mondadori. Maurizio Costa has been chief executive officer since 1997, adding the position of deputy chairman in 2003. Arnoldo Mondadori Editore shares have been listed on the Milan stock exchange since 1982.
Since its foundation in 1907, Mondadori’s mission has been to encourage the widest possible dissemination of culture and ideas with a product range that spans all genres and reaches all readers. After a century spent at the heart of Italian culture, the Mondadori Group is now undertaking a strategy of international expansion. Its aim is to use the main Mondadori magazine brands to export style and quality worldwide along with Italian excellence in fashion, design and cooking.