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Bertelsmann

This privately-owned German media conglomerate is a global publishing giant with interests in roughly 600 companies and 53 countries. Its 1999 sales figures topped $13 billion. But its November 2000 agreement with Napster - lending $50 million to Napster to design file sharing technology that could download, for a price, music, film, television and books - fell apart in June 2002. Heading into 2003, new Bertelsmann management has been selling off some Internet acquisitions that had been pursued by the previous CEO, Thomas Middelhoff.[Note: The following breakdown reflects interests and assets as of early 2001.]

AOL Europe (partial ownership)
Barnesandnoble.com (partial ownership with Barnes and Noble)
CDNow
Lycos Europe (partial ownership)
Napster (partial stake)
Networks
FM Radio Network (Germany)

Stations
17 stations in France, Germany, Luxembourg, Ireland, Belgium, Netherlands, Sweden

filmbertelsmann
TV
Production/Distribution
UFA Film & TV Production (Germany)
Trebitsch Production (Germany)
Delux Productions (Luxembourg)
Cinevideo (Canada)
Holland Media House (Netherlands)
First Choice (U.K.)

Stations
16 stations in Germany, France, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Belgium, England, Poland, Hungary

publishing Books
Ballatine Publishing Group
Bantam Doubleday Dell
Bertelsmann Publishing Group
Book-of-the-Month Club (owned by AOL Time Warner, managed by Bertelsmann)
Crown Publishing Group
Doubleday
Fodors Travel Publications
Knopf Publishing Group
Random House Inc.

Magazines
Gruner & Jahr
Child
Family Circle (majority owner)
Fitness
Inc.
McCall's (majority owner)
Parents (majority owner)
YM (majority owner)

Arista Records
BMG
BMG Music Publishing
BMG Music Service
RCA Records
Bad Boy Records
LaFace Records
Time Bomb Records
Windham Hill Group


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