Publisher Dr. Hubert Burda is the Managing General Partner of Hubert Burda Media. He is president of the Association of German Magazine Publishers (VDZ) and cofounder of the European Publishers Council (EPC). He set up the Hubert Burda Foundation to promote interdisciplinary exchanges on future trends.
In his role as council chairman for Munich’s Ludwig Maximilian University, Burda helps to forge networks of excellence between science, business and politics. The publisher also founded the Hubert Burda Center for Innovative Communications at the Ben-Gurion University in Beer Sheva, Israel.
He has been awarded numerous prizes and distinctions for his achievements in publishing and business, including the European Print Media Prize, the Gold Medal Freedom of Speech of the European Association of Communications (EACA) and the Jakob Fugger Medal by the Bavarian Publishers Association. In 2006 Hubert Burda received the Leo Baeck Prize from the Central Council of Jews for his commitment to reconciliation between Germans and Jews.
Hubert Burda Media is an international media group with key premises in Germany, Eastern Europe, Russia and Asia. In addition to its headquarters in Offenburg, the company has offices in Munich, Berlin and Hamburg. Hubert Burda Media first entered the market over a century ago as a family business specialized in printing. It has since grown to become one of Germany’s biggest media companies, synonymous with robust and closely interlinked media brands.
Today, the company’s portfolio encompasses 260 magazines published in Germany and abroad, a host of web and radio content, TV productions and direct marketing campaigns. The group’s most popular titles include BUNTE (entertainment/people), FOCUS (current affairs), ELLE and InStyle (both fashion) as well as lifestyle and other magazines.
In addition to its established core business, the company has been a pioneer in taking its strong brands and content to the digital world, transforming them into a convergent range of products. It has a consolidated turnover of 1.587 billion Euros (2009) and has invested in more than 40 growth companies in the online sector, among them the leading European online business network XING. The company holds a strong domestic radio portfolio, produces popular TV features, and runs a media sales network and a crossmedia dialogue marketing group.