Facts & Figures


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 117,000 employees and generated revenues of €17.7 billion in the 2018 financial year. Bertelsmann stands for creativity and entrepreneurship. This combination promotes first-class media content and innovative service solutions that inspire customers around the world.

Shareholder Structure


RTL Group  (Luxembourg), Penguin Random House  , Inc. (New York), Gruner + Jahr  (Hamburg), BMG  (Berlin), Arvato  (Gütersloh), Bertelsmann Printing Group  (Gütersloh), Bertelsmann Education Group  (New York), Bertelsmann Investments 

Executive Board

Thomas Rabe  (Chairman and CEO)
Markus Dohle  (Penguin Random House)
Immanuel Hermreck   (Chief Human Resources Officer of Bertelsmann)
Bernd Hirsch  (Chief Financial Officer)


Shareholders: 80.9% Foundations (Bertelsmann Stiftung, Reinhard Mohn Stiftung, BVG-Stiftung), 19.1% Mohn Family


Bertelsmann has operations in some 50 countries.


117.220 (as of December 31, 2018)


17.7 billion

Consolidated Revenues by Region**

United States: 22 %; Germany: 33,2 %; France: 13.2 %, Great Britain: 6.5 %, other European countries: 18.9 %; other countries: 6.2 %,

* Based on total from segments not including Corporate Investments, Corporate, and Consolidation. Revenue figures relate to the fiscal year 2018.

** Revenue figures relate to the fiscal year 2018.