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The company is a pioneer in publishing quality free daily newspapers in Spain. Its majority stockholder is 20 Min Holding, a leader in free daily newspapers in Switzerland (20 Minutes, in French, and 20 Minuten, in German), France (20 Minutes), and Spain. 20 Min Holding's majority stockholder is Schibsted, a Norwegian communication group that was founded in 1839, listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange, and has a strong presence in Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Switzerland, Estonia, Finland, France, and Spain, where it is the owner of both paid and free newspapers, television stations, radio stations, multimedia, etc.
For many years in Spain it battled rival free newspapers ADN, Metro and Qué!, all of whom finally stopped due to the crisis, and since 2011, 20 minutos has dominated and remains in circulation in many parts of Spain.
The CEO of 20 Min Holding is Sverre Munck (born 1953), who is:
- a Norwegian economist, with a PhD from Stanford, and Yale;
- Executive VP, International Operations, at Schibsted ASA
- President of Multiprensa Holding;
- owner of Multiprensa & Mas, the publisher of "20 Minutes" in Spain;
- President of the 20 Min Holding group;
The founder of 20 Minutos is José Antonio Martínez Soler.