From 1907 until today, we have been faithful to our vocation as a publishing house for all Italians, disseminating the pleasure of reading and bearing witness to the Country's evolution.

The phases of our history highlight growth of the company on the one hand, from a small printing company in the Lombardy countryside to an international corporation, and the innovations underlying its success on the other.

 
 
1907

1907

Arnoldo Mondadori begins to work in the editorial business

1912

Arnoldo Mondadori publishes his first book.

1915

1915

Mondadori publishes magazines for the troops on the front line.

1919

Arnoldo Mondadori transfers the head offices to Milan.

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Cover of the monthly magazine "Novella" published by Periodici Mondadori. Woman sitting on a snail. Italy, 1st March 1923
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1922

Launch of Enciclopedia dei Ragazzi Mondadori.

1926

Mondadori acquires the rights to some of the Italy's greatest writers.

1929

Launch of Gialli Mondadori.

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1933

Mondadori launches the Medusa series.

Cover 23 from the book series Medusa by Arnoldo Mondadori Publishing House, "The Tales of Jacob" by Thomas Mann. Italy, 1933
1935

1935

Arnoldo Mondadori signs his first agreement with Walt Disney.

1937

Launch of the fiction series Omnibus.

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1939

Launch of Tempo, the first news magazine.

1939

1942

During World War II, the head offices are moved to Arona.

Cover number 1 of the magazine 'Confidenze di Liala'. 4th August 1946

1948

Mondadori publishes the Biblioteca Moderna Mondadori.

1950

Mondadori publishes Epoca.

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1951

Mondadori opens sales offices around the world.

Cover of the first novel from the book series I Romanzi di Urania: The Sands of Mars by Arthur Clarke. Italy, 10th October 1952

1952

Launch of Urania, the first collection of science fiction novels.

1954

1954

First step in retailing with the bookshop chain Mondadori per Voi.

1960

Mondadori creates the Club degli Editori.

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1962

Mondadori launches Panorama.

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1965

The launch of the Oscar series, the first low-cost paperbacks.

Double spread of a catalogue with the covers of the first forty books published for the book series I Meridiani, Arnoldo Mondadori publishing house. Italy

1969

Mondadori launches the Meridiani series for the great classics.

Cover number 1 of the magazine 'Starbene' with a woman in bikini riding a bicycle. May 1978

1971

Arnoldo Mondadori dies and is replaced by his son Giorgio.

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1975

Mondadori opens its new corporate head offices in Segrate.

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1976

Espresso and Mondadori launch La Repubblica.

1981

Mondadori enters the TV market with Retequattro channel.

1988

Mondadori acquires Ediciones Grijalbo.

1989

1989

A period of instability surrounding the Group's shareholding structure begins.

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The Italian publisher Leonardo Mondadori sitting at the desk in his office. Segrate, Milan (Italy), 2001.

1991

Leonardo Mondadori is named chairman of the publishing company.

1994

Mondadori publishes the book of Pope John Paul II.

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1995

The Miti Mondadori series of book is launched.

1996

Mondadori promotes the "From Monet to Picasso" exhibition.

1997

The basis for Mondadori's future expansion is laid.

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1998

Mondadori enters franchising market with the Gulliver chain.

Cover number 1 of the magazine Tu with a girl wearing a polo neck. 30th November 1999

2000

The JV Mondadori Rodale, Bol and ACI Mondadori are launched.

2001

Mondadori launches magazines targeting the car market.

2002

Chairman Leonardo Mondadori dies. He is replaced by Marina Berlusconi.

Cover number 1 of the magazine Flair with some models surrounding two Vespas. February 2003
2004

2004

Dan Brown's the Da Vinci Code becomes the yearly best-seller.

2005

2005

Mondadori enters the radio market.

2006

2007

Mondadori's 100th anniversary.

2008

2008

Paolo Giordano's La Solitudine dei Numeri Primi is published.

2009

Mondadori launches the French edition of the weekly Grazia.

2009

2010

Mondadori enters the ebook market with three separate initiatives.

2010

2011

Mondadori’s ebook strategy accelerates

2012

Mondadori introduces in Italy Kobo’s eReader devices

2013

2013

The Grazia International Network continues to expand

2014

Mondadori Libri S.p.A., a newco devoted to book publishing

2015

Mondadori focuses on its core businesses