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The Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA, commonly known as Bertelsmann (German pronunciation: [ˈbɛʁtl̩sˌman] (Loudspeaker.svglisten)), is a German private multinational conglomerate corporation based in Gütersloh, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. It is one of the world's largest media conglomerates and is also active in the service sector and education.[4][5]

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Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA
TypePrivate (Kommanditgesellschaft auf Aktien with a societas Europaea as general partner)
IndustryMass media
Founded1 July 1835; 187 years ago (1835-07-01)[1]
FounderCarl Bertelsmann
Area served
Key people
ProductsPublishing, record label, broadcasting, cable television, film production
RevenueIncrease 20.245 billion (2022)
Increase €1.052 billion (2022)
Total assetsIncrease €32.818 billion (2022)
Total equityIncrease €15.036 billion (2022)
OwnerBertelsmann Stiftung
Number of employees
164,691 (2022)
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Annual Report 2022

Bertelsmann was founded as a publishing house by Carl Bertelsmann in 1835.[6] After World War II, Bertelsmann, under the leadership of Reinhard Mohn, went from being a medium-sized enterprise to a major conglomerate, offering not only books but also television, radio, music, magazines and services.[7] Its principal divisions include the RTL Group, Penguin Random House, BMG, Arvato, the Bertelsmann Printing Group, the Bertelsmann Education Group and Bertelsmann Investments.[8]

Bertelsmann is an unlisted and capital market-oriented company,[9] which remains primarily controlled by the Mohn family.[10][11]