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December 12, 2020

Bertelsmann books Simon & Schuster for $2.175 billion, Bombardier private jet sales soar in the coronavirus age, Walmart offers to give Covid-19 vaccinations.

Bertelsmann books Simon & Schuster for $2.175 billion

German media family business Bertelsmann has acquired publishing house Simon & Schuster for $2.175 billion from the US Redstone-family-owned media company ViacomCBS.

Bertelsmann, the international media, services and education company, said it was further expanding its global content businesses in the US, its second-largest market, with the deal for the publisher of Hillary Clinton, John Irving, Stephen King and Bob Woodward.

November 13, 2020

Leibinger family’s Trumpf leads global quantum breakthrough, lockdown book lovers help stabilise Bertelsmann revenues, Reimann family’s JAB Holding sells Coty stake as portfolio hits turbulence.

Leibinger family’s Trumpf leads global quantum breakthrough

The Leibinger family behind the German high-tech company Trumpf says its world-first quantum optical sensor will lead to completely new industrial applications from next year.

May 10, 2017

What does it take to start then grow a business into a successful, multi-billion dollar holding yet maintain total family control through the generations? Alison Ebbage reports

What does it take to start then grow a business into a successful, multi-billion dollar holding yet maintain total family control through the generations? Alison Ebbage reports

April 7, 2017

JAB Holdings signs $7.5 billion acquisition of Panera Bread; Bertelsmann acquires stake in Indian ed-tech company Eruditus; and Antofagasta earnings leap on copper price recovery

JAB Holdings signs $7.5 billion acquisition of Panera Bread

JAB Holdings, the investment vehicle of Germany’s Reimann family, has signed a $7.5 billion deal to acquire bakery chain Panera Bread—the biggest restaurant deal in United States history.

June 24, 2016

Bertelsmann commits to UK after Brexit; Maersk appoint new CEO, may break up company; and Brexit scuppers Tata Steel's efforts to maintain operations in the UK

Bertelsmann commits to UK after Brexit

German media group Bertelsmann says it will remain committed to all its investments in the UK and acknowledges “with regret” the British electorate’s decision to leave the European Union, according to a company statement.

The Gütersloh-headquartered firm, controlled by the Mohn family, said Britain’s exit from the EU raises political and economic uncertainties for the firm, but added that its fourth-largest market would remain very important.

June 23, 2016

Being the largest national economy in Europe is a mixed blessing for Germany, especially now that sweeping changes are coming for the country’s family businesses. Michael Finnigan takes a look

Being the largest national economy in Europe is a mixed blessing for Germany, especially now that sweeping changes are coming for the country’s family businesses. Michael Finnigan takes a look

March 24, 2016

German media group Bertelsmann and the family behind Vogue publisher Condé Nast are to invest in innovative media and technology companies, as they look to diversify away from their traditional markets.

German media group Bertelsmann and the family behind Vogue publisher Condé Nast are to invest in innovative media and technology companies, as they look to diversify away from their traditional markets.

According to a company statement, German media conglomerate Bertelsmann, controlled by the Mohn family, will spend up to €1.3 billion ($1.45 billion) a year until 2020 on acquisitions aimed at accelerating its shift to digital video and online education.

October 29, 2012

It’s been a case of winning some and losing some for family businesses across the globe, through a series of acquisitions, closures and deal-breakers.

It’s been a case of winning some and losing some for family businesses across the globe, through a series of acquisitions, closures and deal-breakers.

Leading the way is media group Bertelsmann, controlled by the Mohn family, which is linking up with UK rival Pearson.

The agreement will see the merger of Random House and Penguin, respectively the publishing arms of Germany’s Bertelsmann and Pearson.

October 16, 2012

The long-running sales saga at German retailer Douglas finally appears to be coming to an end, with Advent International teaming with the Kreke family to buy out shareholders. Meanwhile two other family-controlled businesses are weighing up their shareholdings in subsidiaries. 

The long-running sales saga at German retailer Douglas finally appears to be coming to an end, with Advent International teaming with the Kreke family to buy out shareholders. Meanwhile two other family-controlled businesses are weighing up their shareholdings in subsidiaries.

American buyout firm Advent offered €1.5 billion to buy Douglas Holding after almost a year of talks and months of speculation. The bid was worth about €38 a share.

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