Our Origins and Shareholders
Bertelsmann was founded in 1835 by Carl Bertelsmann. It remains a privately-held company with the majority
of shares donated to a not-for-profit foundation – the Bertelsmann Stiftung.
Our Sense of Purpose
To empower, to create and to inspire is the purpose of our work. This provides direction to our managers and
employees and informs our relationship with customers, partners and society at large. It guides all of our work as
an international media, services and education company.
In a rapidly changing world, how we do things has never been more important. Our core values guide everything
we do. Strong individually, it is how “Creativity and Entrepreneurship” work together that makes them powerful and
true to our Bertelsmann culture of participation and partnership.