BONNIER AB

BONNIER AB

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Company Overview
Bonnier AB is a family-owned media group based in Stockholm, Sweden. The company is active in newspapers, magazines, book publishing, film and television production. It is also involved, through its subsidiary Svensk Filmindustrie, in multimedia activities, movie theaters, and retail operations, including book and music clubs. Bonnier’s operations comprise media channels that are divided into five business areas: Business Press, Newspapers, Books, Magazines and Entertainment. The company was founded as a bookstore in Copenhagen in 1804 by Gerard Bonnier, a German immigrant who had changed his name from Gutkind Hirschel.
Bonnier is the largest publishing and media company in Scandinavia and one of the largest in Europe. The company has 150 companies and units operating in more than 20 countries with a particular focus in Northern Europe. In addition, the company is also a leading force in Sweden’s newspaper market, with publications such as Stockholm City and Expressen.
Further, Bonnier is also active in book publishing and magazine publishing operations. The company’s other businesses include radio production, and Internet operations.
Business Summary
Bonnier AB (also known as The Bonnier Group) is one of the publishing and media concern in Scandinavia. It is a leading force in Sweden’s newspaper market, with publications such as Stockholm City and Expressen. Bonnier is also active in book publishing (Templar Publishing in the UK, Tammi of Finland), and has magazine publishing operations (health and fitness title I Form). The firm’s other businesses include television, radio production, and Internet operations.
Description and history
Bonnier AB (also known as The Bonnier Group) is one of the publishing and media concern in Scandinavia. It is a leading force in Sweden’s newspaper market, with publications such as Stockholm City and Expressen. Bonnier is also active in book publishing (Templar Publishing in the UK, Tammi of Finland), and has magazine publishing operations (health and fitness title I Form). The firm’s other businesses include television, radio production, and Internet operations. The founding Bonnier family owns the company, which operates in 25 European countries.

History

2003 Bonnierforlagen acquires the German book publisher Econ/Ullstein/List.

Bonnier Business Information acquires Dun & Bradstreet Norden

Medicine Today is acquired.

The television channel TV4 Plus is started.

2002 Bonnier increases ownership share in Swedish television channel TV4 to 21.7 percent.

2001 Bonnier Music acquires Amigo Music.

Bonnierforlagen acquires German childrens book publisher Thienemann and book publisher Max Strom.

2000 Latvian magazine Diena, Danish magazine publisher Benjamin and German childrens book publisher arsEdition is acquired.

Busines magazine business a.m. is founded in Scotland by Dagens Industri.

Womens magazine Tara begins publication.

National Geographic is founded in swedish, danish, norwegian and finnish by Bonnier Publications in Denmark.

1999 Bonnier Business Information acquires German business publisher Verlag Hoppenstedt.

Bonnier Music is founded.

1998 Media operations in AB Bonnierforetagen and Tidnings AB Marieberg are gathered within the newly founded Bonnier AB.

1997 Bonnier becomes part owner of TV4.

Gothenburg area evening newspaper, Goteborgs-Tidningen (GT), is acquired.

1996 The Tammi Group of Finland, including publishers Tammi and Kirjaythyma is acquired.

1995 Womens magazine Amelia begins publication.

1994 Southern Swedish newspapers Sydsvenska Dagbladet and Kvallsposten are acquired, as is Piper Verlag of Germany.

1993 Bonnier Carlsen, the largest childrens book publisher in the Nordic region, is formed.

1990 Scandinavian Music Club is acquired. Dagens Industri expands in Europe.

1987 Norwegian book publisher Capellen is acquired.

1983 Bonnier Business Information is founded.

1976 Swedish financial daily, Dagens Industri begins publication.

1973 Swedish film company Svensk Filmindustri is acquired.

1969 Bonnier acquires 49 percent of A/S Forlaget Borsen in Denmark.

1965 Weekly Swedish financial magazine Veckans Affarer, providing the impulse that would later result in Bonnier Business Information

1961 Specialtidningsforlaget established.

1959 Cooperation with Danish media mogul Palle Fogtdal is initiated.

1950 Album publisher Semic is founded.

1944 Albert Bonnier Jr and Carl-Adam Nycop start evening newspaper Expressen.

1935 Weekly review magazine Vecko-Revyn is founded.

1930 Bonnier acquires JP Ahlens magazine operations.

1929 Bonnier acquires Swedens largest magazine publisher Ahlen & Akerlund from Erik Akerlund, who founded its operations in 1906.

1924 Bonnier acquires the majority of shares in Swedish daily newspaper Dagens Nyheter.

1909 Karl-Otto Bonnier, son of Albert Bonnier, is elected to the Board of Directors of Dagens Nyheter.

1907 Bonniers modern magazine-publication operations begin with a series of monthly pamphlets, Bonniers Manadshaften.

1888 Albert Bonnier acquires his first shares in Dagens Nyheter.

1864 Rudolf Wall launches Swedish daily newspaper Dagens Nyheter, which is printed at Albert Bonniers printing works.

1859 One of Gerhard Bonniers sons, David Felix, starts Gothenburg area newspaper Goteborgs-Posten on January 5.

Swedish trade kalender publishes for the first time.

1837 Publishing house Albert Bonniers Forlag is founded.

1804 Gerhard Bonnier, founder of the Bonnier media dynasty, opens a bookstore in Copenhagen.

Founded as a bookstore in Copenhagen by Gerard Bonnier

Business Line
Active in newspapers, magazines, book publishing, film and television production
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US SIC Code
2711
Company Address
Torsgatan 21

City province or state postal code
113 90, STOCKHOLM
Phone: +46 8 736 40 00
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Country address: SWEDEN
Website url: www.bonnier.se