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Reinhard Mohn

Reinhard Mohn

Representing the fifth generation of the Bertelsmann family, Reinhard Mohn spent over 40 years actively building the company that today ranks as one of the globe’s leading media groups. With foresight, business acumen and a willingness to take entrepreneurial risks, he created an organization that now employs over 100,000 people worldwide. In keeping with the Bertelsmann and Mohn families’ longstanding tradition of civic and cultural engagement, he established the Bertelsmann Stiftung in 1977, eventually transferring to it his holdings in Bertelsmann AG. Reinhard Mohn died on October 3, 2009.

Focus Areas

Reinhard Mohn – Citizen

Reinhard Mohn's credo was, "We have the freedom to act. We should take advantage of it." Throughout his life, this belief guided his actions as a business and social leader. He always viewed taking responsibility as an opportunity to make a difference.


Reinhard Mohn – Business Leader

When he came home to Germany, a country in ruins, two years after the end of World War II, Reinhard Mohn decided to make use of the opportunities then available to him. Wanting to create something of value, he became managing director of the family printing and publishing business, transforming it into Europe's largest media group.


Reinhard Mohn – Philanthropist

Continuing the family tradition, Reinhard Mohn firmly believed that "wealth entails responsibility." This conviction informed his years of civic engagement, leading him to found the Bertelsmann Stiftung in 1977.


In Memoriam

Reinhard Mohn's death on October 3, 2009, at the age of 88 was a loss that was deeply felt at the Bertelsmann Stiftung.



Articles from the Bertelsmann Stiftung archive on its founder, Reinhard Mohn.



Photos with Reinhard Mohn


Reinhard Mohn Prize 2013
Cover: Winning Strategies for a Sustainable Future

Winning Strategies for a Sustainable Future

Since the first Earth Summit held in Rio de Janeiro in 1992, many states have been looking for a new concept of economic and social progress. The environmental crises of the last years, as well as the global economic and financial crisis, require an even more profound shift in thinking – toward a policy committed to sustainability and intergenerational equity. But how can this goal be achieved?

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