Cino Del Duca

Cino Del Duca (25 July 1899 – 24 May 1967) was an Italian-born businessman film producer and philanthropist who moved to France in 1923 where he made a fortune in the French publishing business.

Cino Del Duca
Born25 July 1899
Died24 May 1967


Born in Montedinove in the Province of Ascoli Piceno, Cino Del Duca played a major role in the French Resistance during the German occupation of France in World War II. His service to help liberate the country from the Nazis earned him the Croix de guerre.

Del Duca began with a small printing shop in Paris and eventually expanded into various publishing businesses. After World War II, he founded a weekly magazine Grand Hotel in 1947.[1] He also established the Franc Tireur in 1949 and the Paris-Journal in 1957. Two years later he merged the two as the morning tabloid Paris-Jour that proved successful in a highly competitive, and at the time, overly saturated, Paris newspaper market.[2] He built a publishing empire in France anchored by a series of very successful magazines such as Nous Deux, Télé Poche (founded 1966),[1] Modes de Paris, Les Editions mondiales and others. His companies published journals such as Hurrah! (1935–1953) and L'Aventureux (1936–1942) plus through his agency Mondial Presse he acquired the French language publishing rights to English language comic strips and series such as Tarzan by Edgar Rice Burroughs. As well, his book publishing company, Éditions Mondiales Del Duca, was also very successful. Under the name of World Editions, the New York company office founded the magazine Fascination, that was a heavy loss, and in 1951 a famous digest-size science fiction magazine, Galaxy Science Fiction.[3]

In 1952 Del Duca established La Bourse Del Duca that awarded a medallion and a cash prize to support first-time authors.

In 1954, Cino Del Duca entered the motion picture production business. Between then and 1962 he helped finance and produce eight feature films including 1960's acclaimed L'avventura.

Cino Del Duca expanded his media empire into the Federal Republic of Germany, Great Britain, and his native Italy. His business successes earned him great wealth and he became a benefactor to a number of charitable causes. As a hobby, he acquired a 55 hectare property at Biéville-Quétiéville in the Calvados département in what is part of a large horse farm area of Normandy. Del Duca's Haras de Quétiéville racing stable and stud farm was a prominent part of thoroughbred horse racing in France and in 1951 their stallion Prince Bio was the country's leading sire.

Significant investments in Italy

Cino Del Duca expanded his publishing business to Italy in 1951. His Milan book publishing company brought out works translated into the Italian language from English, French and other notable writers such as Romain Gary and Elizabeth Peters. With Gaetano Baldacci and Enrico Mattei, in April 1956 Cino Del Duca founded the Il Giorno newspaper in Milan.

In 1955, he rescued the A.S. Ascoli football team in Ascoli Piceno from bankruptcy. He built the Stadio Cino e Lillo Del Duca (stadium) in 1962 where the team still plays and which bears his name. The team carried the name "Del Duca Ascoli" until it was sold by his widow following his death in 1967.


Cino Del Duca died in 1967 and was buried in Père Lachaise Cemetery in Paris. The Rue Cino Del Duca in Biarritz is named in his honor as is another street in the 17th arrondissement of Paris. His widow Simone used their great wealth to continue and expand their philanthropic works. In 1969 she established the Prix mondial Cino Del Duca, an international literary award with a substantial cash prize. In 1975 she created the Simone and Cino Del Duca Foundation to oversee all the various charitable involvements. The Foundation became a significant patron of the arts in France and a very important benefactor to medical researchers worldwide.

Bourse Cino del Duca Laureates (non-exhaustive list)


  1. ^ a b David Coward (15 April 2008). A History of French Literature: From Chanson de geste to Cinema. John Wiley & Sons. p. 521. ISBN 978-0-470-75195-4. Retrieved 11 April 2015.
  2. ^ (Time magazine, 26 April 1963.)
  3. ^ Silvio Sosio. "Galaxy, svelato il mistero dell'editore italiano che la fondò". (in Italian). Retrieved 2017-07-20.
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Prix mondial Cino Del Duca

The Prix mondial Cino Del Duca (Cino Del Duca World Prize) is an international literary award. With an award amount of €200,000, it is among the richest literary prizes.

Simone Del Duca

Simone Del Duca (18 July 1912 – 16 May 2004) was a French businesswoman, a member of the Académie des Beaux-Arts, and major philanthropist. Married to French publishing magnate Cino Del Duca, on his death in 1967 she was left with a considerable fortune. Although she remained on the board of directors of her late husband's companies, Simone Del Duca devoted a great deal of her time to philanthropic causes. In 1969 she established a prestigious literary prize in her husband's name. The Prix mondial Cino Del Duca provides a substantial cash prize and was made open to qualified persons from anywhere in the world.

Simone Del Duca's charitable activities increased to where in 1975 she created the Simone and Cino Del Duca Foundation. The Foundation's primary involvements gave support for scientific research and after being made a member of the Académie des Beaux-Arts in 1994 she funded two major prizes in visual arts and music awarded through the Académie. Simone Del Duca's philanthropic work was recognized by the government of France who made her a commander of the Legion of Honor.

Simone and Cino Del Duca Foundation

The Simone and Cino Del Duca Foundation is a charitable foundation based in Paris, France. It was established in 1975 by Simone Del Duca (1912–2004), widow of publishing magnate Cino Del Duca (1899–1967). The Foundation took over responsibility for the existing Prix mondial Cino Del Duca created by Madame Del Duca in 1969.

The Foundation has been a substantial and important contributor to the arts in France and humanities worldwide. It has provided very significant support for scientific research, in particular for biomedical research and including oncology, biochemistry, and molecular genetics. The Foundation has funded a Fellowship for such things as a Postdoctoral for Studies in Neurobiology and funding for breast cancer research for organizations such as the Susan G. Komen for the Cure. As well, the "Simone and Cino Del Duca Foundation on Cancer Pharmacotherapy" paid for and published the 1983 book: Current Drugs And Methods of Cancer Treatment (Masson Pub. USA ISBN 0-89352-201-5)

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