Il Sole 24 Ore

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Il Sole 24 Ore
Front page, 22 October 2022
TypeDaily newspaper
Founder(s)Ferdinando di Fenizio
Libero Lenti
Roberto Tremelloni
Founded9 November 1965; 58 years ago (1965-11-09)
Political alignmentLiberalism[1]
HeadquartersMilan, Italy
Circulation177,000 (2017)
ISSN0391-786X Edit this at Wikidata

Il Sole 24 Ore (Italian: [il ˈsoːle ˌventiˈkwattro ˈoːre]; English: "The Sun 24 Hours") is the Italian financial newspaper of record, owned by Confindustria, the Italian employers' federation. Il Sole 24 Ore is the leading financial daily in Italy.[2][3]

History and profile[edit]

Il Sole 24 Ore was first published on 9 November 1965 as a merger between Il Sole ("The Sun"), founded in 1865,[4] and 24 Ore ("24 Hours"), founded in 1933.[5] The latter was established by young economists, including Ferdinando di Fenizio, Libero Lenti and Roberto Tremelloni, on 15 February 1933.[6] The owner of Il Sole 24 Ore is Confindustria.[5][7][8]

In 2006, it was reported that Il Sole 24 Ore had Europe's highest circulation for a financial daily.[9]

Il Sole 24 Ore has its headquarters in Milan[10] and is published in broadsheet format.[11] The paper reports on business, politics, developments in commercial and labour law, corporate news and features. Extensive share and financial product listings are provided in its daily supplement, Finanza e Mercati.

Weekly supplements include:

  • Domenica (Sunday): art, literature, philosophy, theatre, cinema, book reviews, and related news;
  • Plus24 (Saturday): family savings, market analysis, real estate market news, and other private investment topics;
  • Nòva 24 (Sunday): science and technology.

Irregular supplements are also produced with a focus on a specific issue such as a particular business sector.


The 1988 circulation of Il Sole 24 Ore was 320,000 copies.[7] In 1997 it was the fifth best-selling Italian newspaper with a circulation of 368,652 copies.[12]

The paper sold 520,000 copies in 2000[13] and 414,000 copies in 2001.[11] In 2004 the paper had a circulation of 373,723 copies, making it the fourth best-selling newspaper in Italy.[14] Its circulation was 334,076 copies in 2008.[15] The print and digital circulation in 2017 was nearly 177,000 copies. In the course of 2017, its circulation increased again in the ranking of national newspapers with the highest diffusion from fourth to third place. (Source Budget 2017)

The information integrated system[edit]

Front page of Il Sole 24 Ore for 12 September 2001

The printed newspaper is presented as part of an integrated information system which includes:

  • Radio 24: a news/talk FM/online radio channel;
  • Il Sole 24 Ore Radiocor: business and financial news agency;
  • 24 Minuti: a defunct free daily newspaper;
  • the online newspaper;
  • a defunct financial all-news TV channel.

Professional services[edit]

Il Sole 24 Ore is published by 24 ORE Group. The group has been listed on the Italian Stock Exchange since 6 December 2007.

Annual publications[edit]

Every year it publishes the Urban Ecosystem report, edited by Legambiente and Ambiente Italia. The report evaluates 105 Italian provinces in 5 macro areas: air, water, waste, mobility and environment.[16] More specifically, it also publishes a list of the 107 Italian province with the best quality of life (which is evaluated through a panel of 90 indicators).[17]


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  2. ^ "Italy media guide". BBC News Online. 3 July 2023. Archived from the original on 30 December 2023. Retrieved 31 December 2023.
  3. ^ "Publisher Il Sole 24 Ore probed in market manipulation case-document". Reuters. 16 November 2018. Archived from the original on 31 December 2023. Retrieved 31 December 2023. Italy's best-selling financial daily Il Sole 24 Ore
  4. ^ Robert G. Picard, ed. (2002). Media Firms: Structures, Operations, and Performance. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates. p. 60. ISBN 9780415516297.
  5. ^ a b "Communicating Europe: Italy Manual" (PDF). European Stability Initiative. 19 May 2008. Retrieved 23 November 2014.
  6. ^ "About Us". 24 Ore Group. Archived from the original on 23 October 2013. Retrieved 5 June 2013.
  7. ^ a b Peter Humphreys (1996). Mass Media and Media Policy in Western Europe. Manchester; New York: Manchester University Press. p. 90. ISBN 9780719031977.
  8. ^ Alessandro Carretta; et al. (2011). "The Impact of Corporate Governance Press News on Stock Market Returns". European Financial Management. 17 (1): 100–119. doi:10.1111/j.1468-036X.2010.00548.x. S2CID 153656358.
  9. ^ "The press in Italy". BBC News. 31 October 2006. Archived from the original on 31 December 2023. Retrieved 31 December 2023.
  10. ^ Carlos Dora, ed. (2006). Health Hazards and Public Debate: Lessons for Risk Communication from the BSE/CJD Saga. Copenhagen: World Health Organization. p. 134. ISBN 978-92-890-1070-2.
  11. ^ a b Adam Smith (15 November 2002). "Europe's Top Papers". campaign. Retrieved 5 February 2015.
  12. ^ Jose L. Alvarez; Carmelo Mazza; Jordi Mur (October 1999). "The management publishing industry in Europe" (Occasional Paper). University of Navarra. Retrieved 27 April 2015.
  13. ^ "Financial Newspapers" (PDF). SFN Flash. 7 (1). 7 January 2004. Archived from the original (PDF) on 24 August 2017.
  14. ^ "European Publishing Monitor. Italy" (PDF). Turku School of Economics and KEA. Archived from the original (PDF) on 11 April 2015. Retrieved 5 April 2015.
  15. ^ Data for average newspaper circulation. Survey on 2008 in Italy Archived 22 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine Accertamenti Diffusione Stampa.
  16. ^ "Urban Ecosystem".
  17. ^ "List of the Italian cities with the best quality of life".

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