List of the 80 largest Media Companies in Germany [2022]

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“The best overview of the largest German media companies available on the market.”

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  • Last Update: 18.10.2022

This list is an excerpt of our List of the 5,000 Largest Companies in Germany

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List of Germany’s largest media companies: An important industry for Germany

Our database of the largest media companies includes some well-known names and also some umbrella companies that are behind several media companies at the same time. For example, there is Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA, for example, which is behind the TV channel RTL or Gruner + Jahr, one of the largest newspaper and magazine publishers. Bertelsmann is headquartered in Gütersloh in North Rhine-Westphalia and generated more than 18 billion euros in revenue in 2019.

Database of the largest media companies in Germany as Excel-file available for download

Our list of the largest media companies in Germany is a unique overview of the companies with the highest sales in the industry – presented in a comprehensive Excel file. The data set is available for purchase via our online store and can be downloaded directly after purchase. Our list does not only contain the general contact information of the companies, but also contains the names of the current management as well as the revenue from the last five years. Our database saves you hours of research and you will be able to get started with your work immediately. Our research team updates the listed information on an ongoing basis, ensuring that you are always working with accurate and up-to-date data. Within one year of purchase, you will receive free updates via email. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to support you with our data set of the largest media companies in Germany.

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  • General contact details (address, e-mail address, telephone number, URL)
  • Names of the management
  • Sales for the years 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016 and 2015 (based on the respective annual or consolidated financial statements via the Bundesanzeiger)
  • Employee numbers (based on the most recent annual or consolidated financial statements via the Bundesanzeiger).

Note: If the sales and employee figures are not included in a company’s own annual financial statements but in their parent company’s consolidated financial statements, the data from the parent company will be provided.

List of the 5 largest media companies in Germany

Media are often referred to as the fourth estate in the state. In any case, they represent a large market with annual sales of around 60 billion euros. These are the 5 largest German media companies:

1st place: Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA, Gütersloh: 17.3 billion euros in revenue

Bertelsmann is Germany’s largest media company and also a leading global player in the media business. The company’s history began in 1835 as a book publisher. The Bertelsmann Group includes various subgroups – including RTL Group, Penguin Random House, Gruner + Jahr, Arvato. The Bertelsmann Group employs over 130,000 people.

2nd place: ProSiebenSat.1 Media SE, Unterföhring: 4.0 billion euros in revenue

ProSieben and Sat.1 belonged to the Kirch media empire until 2001. The merger of the two TV stations was already completed during the Kirch era. ProSiebenSat.1 has 7,250 employees and operates in four business segments: Entertainment Business (Seven.One Entertainment), Program Production and Distribution Business, Online Retail and Online Dating.

3rd place: Axel Springer SE, Berlin: 3.1 billion euros in revenues

Axel Springer started in 1946 in Hamburg as a newspaper publisher, today it is a multi-channel media group with over 16,000 employees. Its best-known “products” include the newspapers BILD and WELT and the news channel WELT. Digital activities now account for three-quarters of revenues.

4th place: Hubert Burda Media Holding Kommanditgesellschaft, Offenburg: 2.8 billion euros in sales

Originally a printing company, Burda now includes various illustrated, magazines, websites, TV and radio stations. Other business areas: Mail order and marketing services. Well-known Burda products include the magazines and journals Bunte, FreizeitRevue, SuperIllu and Focus, and the digital platform Xing.

5th place: Heinrich Bauer Verlag KG, Hamburg: 2.3 billion euros in sales

Bauer’s history began in 1875 as a printing company; after World War II, the company shifted to magazine publishing. Today, the Bauer Media Group employs 15,000 people and produces several dozen magazines and journals for a broad audience – including Bravo, Cosmopolitan and TV Movie.

Lead-generation made easy: Valuable data on Germany’s top-selling media companies presented in an easy-to-understand data set

Why should you choose our list of the media companies in Germany? There are many reasons. First of all, we work continuously and relentlessly on the data quality of our data sets. This guarantees that the information included is as up-to-date as possible and we ensure to always look for the companies with the highest sales. Many lead-generation databases often have outdated data and do not incorporate all relevant companies. Another benefit of our data sets is the clear, clean presentation as an Excel file. Industry overviews in pdf format are practical for certain purposes, but can neither be imported into a CRM system nor edited according to your needs. In addition, there is detailed information in our industry lists, which allows uncomplicated sorting and filtering according to your needs.

This dataset is an excerpt of our Germany-wide database

Research Germany has the ambition to tranform fuzzy markets by creating transparent and accessible data sets. Our industry database is characterized by high-quality data and contemporariness. Our research team is constantly working on optimizing and expanding our database so that we can always provide our customers with the best possible data. At the center of our work is our list of the 5,000 companies with the highest turnover in Germany. We analyze the largest companies in the country, classify them according to industry and area of activity, and compile the sales and employee figures for the last few years. Thus, our customers can immediately start working with their list and establish new partnerships. Based on this database, not only our overview of the largest media companies has been created, but also numerous other data sets of the German industry. In addition to our list of the largest media companies in Germany we also offer various Germany-wide industry lists (e.g. dataset of the 400 largest mechanical engineering companies in Germany).
A large number of such data sets is available on our website and we will also be happy to create individual extracts for you. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us and we look forward to hearing from you.

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The companies included in the list can be found through various sources: Internet research, public registers, analysis of relevant news, investigation of relevant transactions, our extensive personal network. Hundreds of hours of detailed, high-quality research flow into each of our lists. All data points that we can enter via publicly available sources are included in our lists.

Every data point for which there is publicly available information is filled out in our lists. However, if we do not have an e-mail address or we do not know whether a company is investing in a particular area, we fill this field with an “n.a.”. In most cases we achieve a data coverage of over 90%. If you want to know the exact coverage of the list – e.g. how many e-mail addresses are available – our team will be happy to help you.

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We have noted the last update date in the product description at the top of the page. We update our lists regularly. Our customers receive free updates and additions to the list for at least 12 months.

Our lists contain – if publicly available – address, telephone number, e-mail addresses and management names of the listed companies. For privacy reasons, we may only include information that is publicly available or provided by the companies. If no data points are available, there is an “n.a.” in the corresponding field.

Due to GDPR our lists do not contain personal e-mail addresses and telephone numbers. Our lists contain publicly available contact data or contact data provided by the companies (e-mail address, telephone number, postal address, names of directors).

Our lists do not contain any personal contact data that is specifically protected by the European Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Our lists always contain publicly accessible data points (official registers such as the Commercial Register or the Federal Gazette, Internet, company websites) or data provided voluntarily by companies. In Germany, contact is regulated by §7 UWG. Thus, postal advertising in the B2B sector is generally permitted. Contacting by telephone is permitted if the business contact is presumably interested. This is often also assumed for e-mail contact, as long as the contact is made once and the contact is not included in newsletters without being asked. Important note: We are not lawyers and cannot make legally binding statements. If you have any open questions, please feel free to contact us.

The companies included in the lists can be contacted in various ways – by telephone, postal letter, e-mail, networks such as LinkedIn, jointly attended trade fairs. In order to establish successful contacts, it is particularly important to work on individualized addresses tailored to the respective companies. Mass letters are rarely successful. Instead, our customers are most successful when they adapt to the companies included in our lists, obtain information and then address them in a customized manner. Another successful approach is to contact them via LinkedIn, for example, by selecting the right contact person from our list and then addressing them via a consistent starting point. Intros” that are mediated via shared contacts are also a good step towards establishing contact. Also possible: at trade fairs visited together, you can use the trade fair lists to search specifically for companies included in the lists and make appointments for meetings. In general: the more effort is put into the individual approach, the more successful it is. Think about what suitable starting points are, how you can deliver added value and show the addressed companies that you put a lot of effort into the contact. Many of our customers have already built up valuable and successful business relationships.


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