Gerd Schulte-Hillen

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Person.png Gerd Schulte-Hillen  Rdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
(Media mogul, businessman)
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Born1 October 1940
Menden, Germany
SpouseIrene Schulte-Hillen
Member ofAtlantik-Brücke, Le Cercle
German media executive who attended Le Cercle.

Gerd Schulte-Hillen was a German executive for the large media conglomerate Bertelsmann AG (owned by Reinhard Mohn and his wife Liz Mohn). In 1985 he attended Le Cercle in Washington D.C.


Schulte-Hillen's career began when he joined in the publisher Bertelsmann in 1969, with responsibility for the printing side. In 1981 he took over the chair of the board of the media company Gruner + Jahr AG (G + J). Under his leadership it multiplied sales and earnings; G + J became the largest media holding company in Germany.

He was involved in the scandal of the fake Hitler diaries in Stern.[1]

Six years later, in 1987, he became Deputy CEO of Bertelsmann AG. At the age of 60, he joined the Supervisory Board of G + J and the Bertelsmann AG (both as chairman). After Liz Mohn's forced dismissal of Thomas Middelhoff as CEO, Schulte-Hillen also had to leave Bertelsmann in 2003, partly because he had rejected the merger of the Bertelsmann music division BMG with Sony Music.[2]

From 2000 to 2003 he also was deputy chairman of the Bertelsmann Foundation.

In 2007 Schulte-Hillen sold his 1.6% stake in the BV German newspaper holding company.


Event Participated in

Le Cercle/1985 (Washington)7 January 198510 January 1985US
Washington DC
4 day meeting of Le Cercle in Washington exposed after Joel Van der Reijden discovered the attendee list for this conference and published it online in 2011
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