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Arnoldo Mondadori Editore, (BIT: MNDI) is the biggest publishing company in Italy.
Founded by the 18-year-old Arnoldo Mondadori in 1907 to publish
the magazine titled Luce!, it soon became an important
publisher. Its headquarters are in Milan.
It is controlled by Fininvest, Silvio Berlusconi's family holding
company. Marina Berlusconi is the
Between 1989 and 1991, there has been a financial conflict
between Silvio Berlusconi and Carlo De Benedetti, 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 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.
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.
Berlusconi and the Formentons then appealed at the Appeal Court
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.
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 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.
- Direct : the company owns a chain of bookshops
(Mondadori Multicenter, Librerie Mondadori, Librerie Gulliver,
Edicolè) and controls in joint venture with Bertelsmann 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 Bol.it.
- Radio : R101 and
the defunct local radio station Rock FM.
- Other activities (Newspapers, Mondadori International)
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 in Ostiglia, but based in Milan
since 1919, Edizioni Mondadori became one of the best-known Italian
book publishers, with early collaborations with Disney and the
Giallo Mondadori series of mystery/crime novels.
- Giulio Einaudi editore
- Founded in 1933 by Giulio Einaudi in Turin, this also became one of the most
significant Italian publishing houses of the twentieth century. Its
authors included Cesare Pavese, Elio Vittorini, Italo Calvino and Leone Ginzburg,
and it was the publisher of Antonio Gramsci’s Prison
Notebooks. It was acquired by Mondadori in 1994.
- Edizioni EL
- Based in Trieste and
publishing children’s books under the imprints EL,
Einaudi Ragazzi and Emme Edizione.
- 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.
- Particularly active in the area of books for children, and
based in Casale Monferrato.
- 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 and Florence.
- 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,
this publishing house also has operations in Argentina, Chile,
Uruguay, Mexico, Venezuela and Colombia and plans to target the
Spanish-speaking market in the United States.
- 2 TV
- Automobile Club
- Auto oggi
- Casa Facile
- Cosmopolitan (Italian
- Cucina Moderna
- Cucina no problem
- Donna Moderna
- Focus Junior
- Guida TV
- HP Trasporti Club
- Men's Health (Italian
- Nuovi Argomenti
- Panorama Travel
- PC Professionale
- Per Me
- Sale & Pepe
- Top Girl
Sorrisi e Canzoni
Also magazines published by ATTICA PUBLICATIONS S.A.(Greece) -
MONDADORI now owns 41,66% of the ATTICA PUBLICATIONS S.A. group
Athens DeeJay (Greece), Rock FM (Greece)