Born in Settimo Torinese, in the province of Turin, in 1946, he graduated in Economics and Business from the Università Bocconi in Milan in 1969. In the same year he began his career in the family company when he joined the De Agostini Geographical Institute.
Since 1997 Marco Drago has been the Chairman of De Agostini SpA, the holding company of the De Agostini Group, one of Italy's largest family-run groups.
As CEO of the Editorial Group during the 80s and 90s he was the driving force behind the exceptional growth seen in Italy and especially abroad. Since 2000, as part of a strategy of diversification, he has led the Group's expansion in the lottery, games and services sector with Lottomatica – GTech; in the media and communications sector with Atresmedia Group in Spain (togheter with Planeta Group) and Mikado Film and Magnolia in Italy; in the insurance sector with Toro, later sold to the Generali Group; and in the finance sector with DeA Capital. Since October 2006 he has been Chairman of the Board of Partners of B&D Holding di Marco Drago and C. S.a.p.a.
He is also Vice-President of the De Agostini Planeta Group and a Director of Lottomatica – GTech, DeA Capital, De Agostini Editore, Editions Atlas (France) and S. Faustin (Techint Group).