Grupo Planeta is a family-owned Spanish multinational that is leader in a wide range of cultural services, through book publishing, information, education, and audiovisual entertainment. It has the largest publishing group in the Spanish-speaking market, with more than 70 imprints and, together with DeAgostini, it is the leading shareholder of Atresmedia, the leading communications group in Spain, and of a group of 22 benchmark educational institutions in university and higher education, grouped into Planeta Formación y Universidades. The Group also has a large direct-sales network and is co-owner of Casa del Libro, the leading bookstore chain in Spain. Since Editorial Planeta was founded by José Manuel Lara Hernández in Barcelona in 1949, Planeta has grown into a group operating in more than 20 countries and connecting daily with more than 30 million people. It combines a solid business tradition with a strong ability to innovate and a European and international vocation.