Marco Drago was born in Settimo Torinese, in the province of Turin, in 1946. He graduated in Economics and Business Administration from the Università Bocconi in Milan in 1969. Later that year, he began his professional career when he joined the DE AGOSTINI GEOGRAPHICAL INSTITUTE. Since 1997 he has been the Chairman of de AGOSTINI SpA, the holding company of GRUPO DE AGOSTINI, one of Italy's largest family-run corporate groups. He was, in his capacity as Chief Executive Officer of the Publishing Group during the eighties and the nineties, the driving force behind the extraordinary growth witnessed by the company in Italy and especially, abroad.
Since year 2000, as part of a diversification strategy, he has led the expansion of the company in the fields of lottery, games and the services sector, through LOTTOMATICA-GETCH; in the media industry, with GRUPO ATRESMEDIA in Spain (jointly with Grupo Planeta) and MIKADO FILM and MAGNOLIA in Italy; in the Insurance sector, through TORO, which was subsequently purchased by GRUPPO GENERALI; and in the financial sector, through DEA CAPITAL.
He is currently member of the Board of Directors of two stock exchange-listed companies, INFORMATION GAME TECHNOLOGY PLC (New York) and DEA CAPITAL S.P.A. (Milan). Other appointments: Chairman of the Board of Directors of B&D HOLDING S.P.A; Sole Administrator of BLU ACQUARIO PRIMA S.P.A; Deputy Chairman of GRUPO PLANETA DE AGOSTINI; Chairman of DE AGOSTINI, S.p.A; and Director of AGOSTINI EDITORE, S.p.A. and SAN FAUSTIN, S.A.