Arnoldo Mondadori Editore
Arnoldo Mondadori Editore (aɾˈnɔldo mondaˈdoːɾi ediˈtoːɾe) is the biggest publishing company in Italy
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Founded by the 18-year-old Arnoldo Mondadori
Arnoldo Mondadori
Arnoldo Mondadori was a noted Italian publisher.Mondadori was born at Poggio Rusco, Mantua and died in Milan.His publishing house is today the largest in Italy.-External links:*...

 in 1907 to publish the magazine titled Luce!, it soon became an important publisher. Its headquarters are in Milan.

It is controlled by Fininvest
Fininvest is a financial holding company controlled by Silvio Berlusconi's family and managed by Silvio Berlusconi's eldest daughter Marina Berlusconi.-Structure:...

, Silvio Berlusconi
Silvio Berlusconi
Silvio Berlusconi , also known as Il Cavaliere – from knighthood to the Order of Merit for Labour which he received in 1977 – is an Italian politician and businessman who served three terms as Prime Minister of Italy, from 1994 to 1995, 2001 to 2006, and 2008 to 2011. Berlusconi is also the...

's family holding company. Marina Berlusconi
Marina Berlusconi
Marina Berlusconi is an Italian businesswoman, chairwoman of Fininvest Holding and of the Arnoldo Mondadori Editore publishing group...

 is the chairman.

Mondadori Award

Between 1989 and 1991, there has been a financial conflict between Silvio Berlusconi and Carlo De Benedetti
Carlo De Benedetti
Carlo De Benedetti is an Italian industrialist, engineer and publisher. He is both an Italian and naturalized Swiss citizen....

, two of the largest employers of those years.

In 1988 Berlusconi bought Leonardo Mondadori's (nephew of Arnoldo Mondadori) shares. Mondadori was then owned by three: Berlusconi's Fininvest, Carlo De Benedetti's CIR
CIR Group
CIR Group is the industrial holding company of the De Benedetti Group, controlled by COFIDE — Gruppo De Benedetti, the financial holding company of the De Benedetti family....

 and the Formenton family (Arnoldo Mondadori's heir).
Carlo De Benedetti convinced the Formentons to conclude an agreement that would bring him to obtain the Formenton's shares by 30 January 1991, but in November 1989 the Formenton family sided on Berlusconi's side, allowing him to become the new Mondadori president on 25 January 1990; De Benedetti then protested, claiming its agreement.
The three sides took the unanimous decision of an arbitrary award to solve the conflict.

The Arbitrary Award

On 20 June 1990 was the first verdict: the agreement between De Benedetti and Formenton was considered still valid; as a consequence, the Mondadori shares became owned by the CIR (De Benedetti) and Berlusconi left the presidence of the company.

The Appeal

Berlusconi and the Formentons then appealed at the Appeal Court
Corte d'Assise
The Corte d'Assise is an Italian court composed of two professional judges, Giudici Togati, and six lay judges, Giudici Popolari, selected from the people. The court has jurisdiction to judge the most serious crimes, such as terrorism, murder. Penalties imposed by the court can include life...

 of Rome, which assigned the case to Civil Section I. This section was chaired by Arnaldo Valente and the Judge-Rapporteur was Vittorio Metta. The ruling was made public on 24 January 1991 and nullified the arbitrary award verdict and gave the Mondadori shares back to Berlusconi's Fininvest.

The Trial

In 1995, after receiving some proclamations, the judiciary started investigating the authenticity of the ruling. It turned out that Berlusconi won thanks to the corruption of Judge Vittorio Metta.
Vittorio Metta was sentenced to 11 years in prison in 2003, but won an appeal in 2005.
The Court of Cassation nullified that appeal in 2006, and Vittorio Metta was sentenced to 1 year and 9 months in 2007.
Berlusconi hasn't been sentenced. The trial expired for time limit.

Mondadori in the Italian gambling sector

Recently Mondadori has accessed to the gambling
Gambling is the wagering of money or something of material value on an event with an uncertain outcome with the primary intent of winning additional money and/or material goods...

 sector in Italy with the society Glaming. That has raised objection for conflict of interest
Conflict of interest
A conflict of interest occurs when an individual or organization is involved in multiple interests, one of which could possibly corrupt the motivation for an act in the other....

 about Silvio Berlusconi, because the sector is managed by the Italian Monopoli di Stato (state monopolies) and Berlusconi is the Italian premier.

Business areas

  • Books
  • Magazines
  • Advertising
  • Direct : the company owns a chain of bookshops (Mondadori Multicenter, Librerie Mondadori, Librerie Gulliver, Edicolè) and controls in joint venture with Bertelsmann
    Bertelsmann AG is a multinational media corporation founded in 1835, based in Gütersloh, Germany. The company operates in 63 countries and employs 102,983 workers , which makes it the most international media corporation in the world. In 2008 the company reported a €16.118 billion consolidated...

     the company Mondolibri, owner of the four Italian book clubs (Euroclub, Club degli Editori, Il Circolo, Club per Voi) and of the internet-based bookshop
  • Radio : R101
    R101 (radio station)
    R101 is an Italian radio station that broadcasts adult contemporary music and news bulletin from TG5 and TGCOM....

     and the defunct local radio station Rock FM.
  • Other activities (Newspapers, Mondadori International, Glaming [gambling])


The group today includes nine distinct publishing houses, a number of which have more than one imprint:
Edizioni Mondadori
Founded in 1907 by Arnoldo Mondadori
Arnoldo Mondadori
Arnoldo Mondadori was a noted Italian publisher.Mondadori was born at Poggio Rusco, Mantua and died in Milan.His publishing house is today the largest in Italy.-External links:*...

 in Ostiglia
Ostiglia is a comune in the Province of Mantua in the Italian region Lombardy, located about southeast of Milan and about southeast of Mantua....

, but based in Milan since 1919, Edizioni Mondadori became one of the best-known Italian book publishers, with early collaborations with Disney and the Il Giallo Mondadori
Il Giallo Mondadori
Il Giallo Mondadori is an Italian series of mystery/crime novels published by Arnoldo Mondadori Editore since 1929.Their original title was I libri gialli, where giallo in Italian means "yellow", a reference to the color of the cover background. The title was changed to I gialli Mondadori in 1946...

 series of mystery/crime novels.

Giulio Einaudi editore
Founded in 1933 by Giulio Einaudi
Giulio Einaudi
Giulio Einaudi was one of the most important publishers in Italian history.-Biography:Giulio Einaudi was born in Dogliani in 1912, the son of Luigi Einaudi, future president of the Italian Republic, and his wife Ida.He attended the Massimo d'Azeglio liceo classico, and became a student of noted...

 in Turin
Turin is a city and major business and cultural centre in northern Italy, capital of the Piedmont region, located mainly on the left bank of the Po River and surrounded by the Alpine arch. The population of the city proper is 909,193 while the population of the urban area is estimated by Eurostat...

, this also became one of the most significant Italian publishing houses of the twentieth century. Its authors included Cesare Pavese
Cesare Pavese
Cesare Pavese was an Italian poet, novelist, literary critic and translator; he is widely considered among the major authors of the 20th century in his home country.- Early life and education :...

, Elio Vittorini
Elio Vittorini
Elio Vittorini was an Italian writer and novelist. He was a contemporary of Cesare Pavese and an influential voice in the modernist school of novel writing. His best-known work is the anti-fascist novel Conversations in Sicily, for which he was jailed when it was published in 1941. The first U.S...

, Italo Calvino
Italo Calvino
Italo Calvino was an Italian journalist and writer of short stories and novels. His best known works include the Our Ancestors trilogy , the Cosmicomics collection of short stories , and the novels Invisible Cities and If on a winter's night a traveler .Lionised in Britain and the United States,...

 and Leone Ginzburg
Leone Ginzburg
Leone Ginzburg was an Italian editor, writer, journalist and teacher, as well as an important anti-fascist political activist and a hero of the resistance movement...

, and it was the publisher of Antonio Gramsci
Antonio Gramsci
Antonio Gramsci was an Italian writer, politician, political philosopher, and linguist. He was a founding member and onetime leader of the Communist Party of Italy and was imprisoned by Benito Mussolini's Fascist regime...

’s Prison Notebooks
Prison Notebooks
The Prison Notebooks were a series of notebooks by Antonio Gramscismuggled out of prison in the 1930s. They were not published until the 1950s....

. It was acquired by Mondadori in 1994.

Edizioni EL
Based in Trieste
Trieste is a city and seaport in northeastern Italy. It is situated towards the end of a narrow strip of land lying between the Adriatic Sea and Italy's border with Slovenia, which lies almost immediately south and east of the city...

 and publishing children’s books under the imprints EL, Einaudi Ragazzi and Emme Edizione. Giulio Einaudi editore has a 50% stake in the company

Sperling & Kupfer
Acquired by Mondadori in the 1980s, this publishing house founded in 1899 is one of the oldest publishing houses in Milan. Its traditional international focus, and concentration on current affairs, has been supplemented in recent years by publications in fiction, non-fiction, economics, manuals and popular science. Its imprints include Frassinelli, and Mondadori Informatica.

Edizioni Piemme
Particularly active in the area of books for children, and based in Casale Monferrato
Casale Monferrato
Casale Monferrato, population 36,058, is a town and comune in the Piedmont region of north-west Italy, part of the province of Alessandria. It is situated about 60 km east of Turin on the right bank of the Po, where the river runs at the foot of the Montferrato hills. Beyond the river lies the...


Mondadori Electa
A group based in Milan with three imprints: Electa, active in the art and history of art sector since 1945; Mondadori, which publishes illustrated books in areas such as nature, hobbies and history as well as tourist guides; and Mondadori Arte, intended to present art, architecture, design and archeology to non-specialist audiences.

Mondadori Education
formerly Edumond Le Monnier, acquired in 2008 and based in Milan, Bologna
Bologna is the capital city of Emilia-Romagna, in the Po Valley of Northern Italy. The city lies between the Po River and the Apennine Mountains, more specifically, between the Reno River and the Savena River. Bologna is a lively and cosmopolitan Italian college city, with spectacular history,...

 and Florence
Florence is the capital city of the Italian region of Tuscany and of the province of Florence. It is the most populous city in Tuscany, with approximately 370,000 inhabitants, expanding to over 1.5 million in the metropolitan area....


Harlequin Mondadori, Milan
A joint venture with Harlequin Enterprises specializing in fiction for women and based in Milan.

Grupo Editorial Random House Mondadori
Based in Barcelona
Barcelona is the second largest city in Spain after Madrid, and the capital of Catalonia, with a population of 1,621,537 within its administrative limits on a land area of...

, this publishing house, a joint venture with Random House
Random House
Random House, Inc. is the largest general-interest trade book publisher in the world. It has been owned since 1998 by the German private media corporation Bertelsmann and has become the umbrella brand for Bertelsmann book publishing. Random House also has a movie production arm, Random House Films,...

, also has operations in Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, Mexico, Venezuela and Colombia and plans to target the Spanish-speaking market in the United States.


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  • VilleGiardini

Also magazines published by Attica Publications S.A. (Greece
Greece , officially the Hellenic Republic , and historically Hellas or the Republic of Greece in English, is a country in southeastern Europe....

) of which Mondadori owns 41.66%.
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