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Bonnier Group

Company nameBonnier AB
Company typePrivate
Industrymedia group
Founded1804 in Copenhagen, Denmark
HeadquartersStockholm, Sweden
Key peopleCarl-Johan Bonnier, Chairman
Jonas Bonnier, President and CEO
Productsnewspapers, books, magazines, television, cinemas, film production, radio
Revenue(+) US$ 4.24 billion (2010)
Operating income(+) US$ 211.25 million (2010)
Net income(+) US$ 138.79 million (2010)
Employees10,820 (2011)

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Bonnier (also the Bonnier Group) is a privately held Swedish media group of 175 companies operating in 17 countries. It is controlled by the Bonnier family.

The company was started in 1804 by the German Gerhard Bonnier in Copenhagen, Denmark, when Bonnier published his first book, Underfulde og sandfærdige kriminalhistorier. Gerhard's sons later moved to Sweden. The Bonnier book publishing companies in Sweden that are part of book publishing house Bonnierförlagen now include Albert Bonniers Förlag, Wahlström & Widstrand, Forum, and Bonnier Carlsen, as well as several other book publishers and imprints in Sweden. Bonniertidskrifter publishes magazines, including Veckans Affärer and Damernas Värld. Other subsidiaries include Sweden's commercial TV network, TV4; movie theater chain SF Bio and film production companies Svensk Filmindustri and Sonet Films; daily newspapers Dagens Nyheter, Expressen, and Sydsvenskan; business daily Dagens industri; and medical journal Dagens Medicin.

In Denmark, operations include magazine publisher Bonnier Publications; business daily Dagbladet Børsen; and film distributors SF Film and film producers SF Film Production. Finnish operations include MTV Media Oy, which owns commercial channels MTV3 and Sub, among others; radio channel Radio Nova; book publisher Tammi; plus magazines from Bonnier Publications and film productions by FS Film.

In Norway, along with magazines from Bonnier Media and the movie chain SF Kino and film distribution company SF Norge, subsidiaries include book publisher Cappelen Damm.

In Germany, Bonnier Media Deutschland includes Ullstein Buchverlage, Piper Verlag, Thienemann Verlag and Carlsen Verlag, among others.

Bonnier book publishing operations are also established in the UK and in France, Australia and the USA, where it is part of the Bonnier Corporation. Bonnier also owns business newspapers in Russia, Estonia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovenia, and Bulgaria, as well as medical journals in Denmark, Norway, Finland, Poland, and Slovenia. Bonnier is controlled by around 75 family members, including some seventh-generation heirs.

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