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Brief Portrait

Axel Springer SE wants to become the leading digital publisher. The digital media channels already contribute nearly 50 percent of Group revenues today, more than any other division.
The company headquarter at Axel-Springer-Straße in Berlin.

One of Europe's largest media companies also started off in a kind of garage. Axel Springer founded his publishing house in Hamburg in 1946; the editors spent the first year working above a warehouse for tea and spices, often without electricity and using borrowed typewriters.

With the invention of the HAMBURGER ABENDBLATT, the founding of HÖRZU and BILD as well as of the early acquisition of DIE WELT, Axel Springer laid the foundations for the success of his company.

As a result of consistent internationalization and digitization, Axel Springer SE today is not only market leader in the German print business, but is also active in 47 countries through subsidiaries, joint ventures and licenses. Axel Springer SE generates more than 40 percent of its turnover with its international business and with digital media.

Now it is a question of pressing ahead with digitization even faster and more vigorously. For Axel Springer SE, informative and entertaining journalism is a viable business model also in future on the Internet, along with marketing and classifieds, the other two business segments in which the company is traditionally strong.

In the tradition of its founder, who fostered journalistic and technological innovations in his time, Axel Springer SE is breaking new ground. The company is consistently pursuing the objective of building up a fast-growing and profitable digital portfolio, and for this reason is networking today more than ever before with the current generation of founders: digital start-ups. Along with the transformation of our established strong media brands, our own new developments online and strategically-oriented acquisitions of web companies, this network is one of the building blocks of the company's international digitization strategy: Axel Springer SE wants to become the leading digital publisher.

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Employees 12,843
Total revenues € 2,801.4 million
Operating profit (EBITDA) € 454,3 million
Headquarters Berlin
Listed on stock exchange Since 1985, since 2010 listed in the MDAX
Data refers to financial year 2013.

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