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Bertelsmann at a Glance

Bertelsmann is a media, services and education company that operates in about 50 countries around the world. It includes the broadcaster RTL Group, the trade book publisher Penguin Random House, the magazine publisher Gruner + Jahr, the music company BMG, the service provider Arvato, the Bertelsmann Printing Group, the Bertelsmann Education Group and Bertelsmann Investments, an international network of funds. The company has 119,000 employees and generated revenues of €17.2 billion in the 2017 financial year. Bertelsmann stands for entrepreneurship and creativity. This combination promotes first-class media content and innovative service solutions that inspire customers around the world.

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Bertelsmann Corporate is represented at six locations worldwide. The Corporate Centers are located in Gütersloh, Berlin, New York, Beijing, New Delhi and São Paulo.

The company is headquartered in Gütersloh. This is where corporate and strategic activities are planned and coordinated. The employees in the Corporate Centers take care of the operational management and further development of Bertelsmann and assume a wide range of tasks, for example in the areas of finance, law, human resources or information technology.

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RTL Group is a leader across broadcast, content and digital, with interests in 56 television channels and 31 radio stations, content production throughout the world and rapidly growing digital video businesses. The television portfolio of RTL Group includes RTL Television in Germany; M6 in France; the RTL channels in the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Croatia and Hungary; and Antena 3 in Spain. The Group’s flagship radio station is RTL in France, and it also owns or has interests in other stations in France, Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, Spain and Luxembourg. 

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With more than 250 imprints and brands on six continents, over 15,000 new titles, and more than 600 million print, audio and e-books sold annually, Penguin Random House is the world’s leading trade book publisher. Penguin Random House is committed to publishing adult and children’s fiction and nonfiction print editions and is a pioneer in digital publishing. Its book brands include storied imprints such as Doubleday, Viking and Alfred A. Knopf (United States); Ebury, Hamish Hamilton and Jonathan Cape (United Kingdom); Plaza & Janés and Alfaguara (Spain); Sudamericana (Argentina); and the international imprint DK.

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Gruner + Jahr creates media products for the digital society. With around 500 magazines and digital offerings in more than 20 countries, Gruner + Jahr is one of Europe’s biggest magazine publishers. Its core markets are Germany and France. In France, G+J operates the country’s leading bi-medial magazine publisher, Prisma Media. In Germany, G+J’s major magazine brands, including “Stern,” “Geo” and “Brigitte,” are part of the publishing house. More than a dozen new titles, including “Flow,” “Beef” and “Barbara,” underscore G+J’s position as an innovation leader in the magazine business.

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BMG is the first new international music company of the streaming age, designed to help contemporary rock and pop artists and songwriters efficiently manage their music-related rights, ranging from songs and recordings to books and, increasingly, video assets. Creating a new competitive advantage with its core values of Fairness, Transparency and Service, BMG offers the traditionally separate music publishing and recording rights off the same state-of-the-art platform internationally. BMG’s 14 offices across 12 core music markets now represent more than 2.5 million songs and recordings, including many of the most renowned and successful catalogues and artists in popular music.

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Arvato is an international service provider. More than 70,000 employees develop and realize innovative solutions for business customers from all over the world, including CRM, SCM, finance and IT solutions. Enterprises representing many different industries rely on Arvato’s integrated solution portfolio – from telecommunication firms to energy suppliers, banks, e-commerce retailers, IT companies and Internet providers. Arvato is wholly owned by Bertelsmann.

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The Bertelsmann Printing Group unites all of Bertelsmann’s printing activities. This includes the German offset printing companies Mohn Media, GGP Media and Vogel Druck, the Prinovis gravure printing operations in Germany and the United Kingdom, and the offset and digital printing plants Berryville Graphics, Coral Graphics and OPM in the United States. The Group combines a wide range of print and service offers – from prepress services and printing to mailings and distribution of a variety of different print products including magazines, books, phone books, catalogs and brochures. Campaign, DeutschlandCard and the Dialogue business are also part of Bertelsmann Printing Group.

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The Bertelsmann Education Group encompasses Bertelsmann’s education businesses. The group is shaping professional learning in the 21st century with digital education and service offerings focused on the healthcare and technology sectors, and it draws on Bertelsmann’s resources and global network. The Bertelsmann Education Group is wholly owned by Bertelsmann.

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Bertelsmann Investments unites Bertelsmann’s start-up investments around the world. In focus of its activities are the strategic growth regions Brazil, China, India and the United States. Shareholdings are acquired through the strategic investment funds Bertelsmann Brazil Investments (BBI), Bertelsmann Asia Investments (BAI), Bertelsmann India Investments (BII) and Bertelsmann Digital Media Investments (BDMI). Bertelsmann owns stakes in more than 160 innovative companies via these funds.

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