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 116,000 employees and generated revenues of €17.0 billion in the 2016 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.
RTL Group is Europe’s leading entertainment network, with holdings in 60 television channels and 31 radio stations, as well as production companies around the world. The television portfolio of Europe's largest broadcaster includes RTL Television in Germany, M6 in France, RTL channels in the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Croatia, Hungary, Antena 3 in Spain and channels in Southeast Asia. In addition, with its Fremantle Media subsidiary, RTL Group is one of the largest international companies outside the United States in the areas of production, licensing and distribution of television content. Combining the Catch-up TV services of its broadcasters and the multi-channel networks BroadbandTV, Stylehaul and Divimove, as well as more than 230 Youtube channels, RTL Group has become the leading European media company in online video.
The world's largest trade book publishing group Random House is comprised of nearly 250 editorially independent imprints. The publishing group is represented in 15 countries with historic names such as Doubleday and Alfred A. Knopf (U.S.), Ebury and Transworld (U.K.), Plaza & Janés (Spain), Sudamericana (Argentina). Every year Random House publishes about 10,000 new titles and sells almost 800 million books, audiobooks and e-books worldwide.
The printing and publishing company Gruner + Jahr has approximately 500 media activities, magazines and digital offerings in over 20 countries. G+J publishes a wide variety of titles, including Stern, Brigitte, Geo, Capital, Gala, Eltern, Essen & Trinken, National Geographic and P.M. group's titles. Its most important company outside Germany is the second-largest magazine publisher in France, Prisma Média. With nondomestic sales accounting for 45 percent of the group's overall sales, Gruner + Jahr is one of the most international publishers in the world.
BMG is the world’s fourth biggest music publisher and the first new global player in the recordings business in decades. BMG’s offices across eleven core music markets now represent 2.5 million songs and recordings, including the catalogs of Chrysalis, Bug, Virgin, Mute, Sanctuary, Primary Wave and Talpa Music, as well as literally thousands of artists and songwriters.
As a global provider of business process outsourcing (BPO) services, Arvato supports business/B2B clients across a wide range of industries in maintaining successful customer relations by designing and delivering customized/bespoke solutions in more than 40 countries. Its wide range of services includes data management, customer services, customer relations services, supply chain management, digital distribution, financial services as well as professional and customized IT services.
The Bertelsmann Printing Group covers the entire technical spectrum of modern printing. In addition to high-volume illustration and book printing (gravure and offset printing), the plants also offer digital printing of customizable products. They produce magazines, catalogs, brochures, books and packaging of the highest quality for their customers.
The Bertelsmann Education Group focuses its investments on two fast-growing areas of e-learning (healthcare and technology) and online services for educational institutions. US education providers Relias Learning and Udacity, as well as education services provider HotChalk are the center of the education activities.
Bertelsmann Investments bundles Bertelsmann’s holdings in startups around the world. Its activities are focused on the strategic growth regions of Brazil, China, and India, as well as the U.S. and Europe. Holdings are acquired via the international investment platforms Bertelsmann Asia Investments (BAI), Bertelsmann India Investments (BII), Bertelsmann Brazil Investments (BBI) and Bertelsmann Digital Media Investments (BDMI).