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 126,000 employees and generated revenues of €18.0 billion in the 2019 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. Bertelsmann aspires to achieve climate neutrality by 2030.

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)
Rolf Hellermann  (Chief Financial Officer)
Immanuel Hermreck   (Chief Human Resources Officer of Bertelsmann)


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


Bertelsmann has operations in some 50 countries.


126,447 (as of December 31, 2019)


18,0 billion

Consolidated Revenues by Region*

Germany: 32.2 %; United States: 23.4 %; France: 12.3 %, United Kingdom: 6.5 %, other European countries: 18.9 %; other countries: 6.7 %,

* Revenue figures relate to the fiscal year 2019.