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Penguin Random House

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Penguin Random House LLC is an Anglo-American multinational conglomerate publishing company formed on July 1, 2013, with the merger of Penguin Group and Random House.[2][3] Penguin Books was originally founded in 1935[4] and Random House was founded in 1927.[5] Along with Simon & Schuster, Hachette, HarperCollins and Macmillan Publishers, Penguin Random House is considered one of the 'Big Five' English language publishers.

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Penguin Random House LLC
FoundedJuly 1, 2013; 10 years ago (2013-07-01)
Headquarters80 Strand, London, England, United Kingdom and Random House Tower, New York City, New York, United States
Area served
Key people
  • Nihar Malaviya (Interim)(CEO)
  • Thomas Rabe (Chairman)
  • Madeline McIntosh (CEO, PRH US)
  • Jim Johnston (CFO)
RevenueIncrease€4 billion (2021)
Number of employees
10,000 (as of July 1, 2013)
ParentBertelsmann Edit this on Wikidata Edit this at Wikidata
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On April 2, 2020, Bertelsmann announced the completion of its purchase of Penguin Random House, which had been announced in December 2019, by buying Pearson plc's 25% ownership of the company. With the purchase, Bertelsmann became the sole owner of Penguin Random House. Bertelsmann's German-language publishing group Verlagsgruppe Random House will be completely integrated into Penguin Random House, adding 45 imprints to the company, for a total of 365 imprints.[6]

Random House Tower, New York

As of 2021, Penguin Random House employed about 10,000 people globally and published 15,000 titles annually under its 250 divisions and imprints.[7] These titles include fiction and nonfiction for adults and children in both print and digital. Penguin Random House comprises Penguin and Random House in the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Portugal, and India; Penguin in Brazil, Asia and South Africa; Dorling Kindersley worldwide; and Random House's companies in Spain, Hispanic America, and Germany.[8][9]

On November 25, 2020, The New York Times reported that Penguin Random House was planning to purchase Simon & Schuster from Paramount Global for $2.175 billion.[10] However, on November 2, 2021, the U.S. Department of Justice sued to stop the deal on antitrust grounds, a suit that eventually succeeded on October 31, 2022.[11][12] The deal formally collapsed on November 22, 2022.[13]

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