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Editor in Chief & CEO, Class Editori

Paolo Panerai is CEO and Editor in Chief of Class Editori Spa, which he established in April 1986 to create an independent source of financial information. The Company, listed on the Italian Stock Exchange in 1998, reached a total turnover of more than 115 million euros in 2009. Class Editori operates in several activity areas, employing more than 400 people within the divisions of: newspapers, magazines, press agencies, electronic publishing, radio, television, and professional products and services. Besides being manager and main shareholder, Paolo Panerai is also Editor in Chief for all newspapers and magazines, including those for the radio and television. After studying Law at the University of Genoa, Mr. Panerai, at age 16 started collaborating with the local Grosseto bureau of “La Nazione”. He then joined “Il Secolo XIX” and in 1969 “ Panorama”. In 1979 he was responsible for the transformation of “Il Mondo” from a weekly coverage of many topics to one focused on finance. In March 1980 he started the magazine “Capital”, followed by “Auto Capital”, “LineaCapital” and “SportCapital”. In1986 he left his post at “Il Mondo” to establish Class Editori. The Company today publishes the news dailies, “MF/Milano Finanza”, “MF Fashion” (of which an electronic version in English is published) and ItaliaOggi, the women’s magazine “Ladies&Gentleman”, men’s magazines, “Capital”,“Class”,“Gentleman” and “Patrimoni”, the monthly English finance magazines “Global Finance” and “Lombard”, and the lifestyle magazines “Case & Country”, “Campus” and “Gentleman Real Estate”. With the multimedia revolution of the 90s, the publishing house developed its multimedia business by starting MFSat in 1997 – digital satellite service of financial information; then PMF news agency – now a joint venture with Dow Jones & Co. under the name of MF/Dow Jones News. In 2000 Cfn/Cnbc (now Class CNBC) was born, a TV channel about international finance in partnership with GE NbcUniversal and Mediaset, broadcast on Sky (No. 505) and the Internet (, as was Mf Trading a platform for on-line trading information and services. In 2001 Radio Classica become the first radio dedicated to updates on financial markets and classical music. In December 2003, Class News was launched, now Class News MsNbc, which enjoys exclusive Italian rights for the two American giants, The Weather Channel and MsNbc.

Class Editori’s television offer is completed by Class Life, the first Italian channel dedicated to the pleasures of life, broadcast every weekend on Sky 505 and on, Class HorseTV, launched in 2010 and dedicated to the world of horses (Sky No. 221), and TV Moda (Sky No. 812), dedicated entirely to the world of Italian fashion and its key figures, acquired in the same year.

Class Editori’s multimedia offering is completed by its technological platforms for interactive financial services on terrestrial digital TV, its Corporate TV services for banks and businesses, and its information video systems broadcast over the television networks of the main airports and underground stations in Rome and Milan.

Class Editori uses its Internet channels to distribute information ( and and works together with MF Honyven to provide business information and business intelligence services for companies and professionals. Milano Finanza Intelligence Unit produces analyses and newsletters for traders and analysts.

Paolo Panerai has also received the title honoris causa from Providence University (USA) for his entrepreneurial involvement in the production of wine in Italy’s Tuscany region. An activity he began in 1980.