Bertelsmann is a media, services and education company that operates in about 50 countries worldwide. The geographic core markets are Western Europe, in particular Germany, France and the UK, as well as the United States. In addition, Bertelsmann is strengthening its involvement in growth regions such as Brazil, China and India. Bertelsmann’s divisions are the TV broadcaster RTL Group, the book-publishing group Penguin Random House, the magazine publisher Gruner + Jahr, the international service provider Arvato and the printing group Be Printers. Bertelsmann’s remaining businesses are grouped under Corporate Investments. These include the music company BMG, the e-learning provider Relias Learning and the remaining club and direct-marketing businesses. In addition, the funds Bertelsmann Digital Media Investments (BDMI) and Bertelsmann Asia Investments (BAI) as well as other investments in the growth regions are allocated to Corporate Investments.
Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA is a capital-market-oriented but unlisted partnership limited by shares. As a Group holding company, it exercises central corporate functions. Internal corporate management and reporting follow the Group’s organizational structure, which consists of the operating divisions plus Corporate Investments and the Corporate Center.
Three foundations (Bertelsmann Stiftung, Reinhard Mohn Stiftung and BVG-Stiftung) indirectly hold 80.9 percent of Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA shares, with the remaining 19.1 percent held indirectly by the Mohn family. Bertelsmann Verwaltungsgesellschaft (BVG) controls all voting rights at the General Meeting of Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA and Bertelsmann Management SE.