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Monika Schoeller

Co-owner of Verlagsgruppe
Georg von Holtzbrinck Company 
Verlagsgruppe Georg von Holtzbrinck Company


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About Monika Schoeller

Monika Schoeller is a German billionaire who has inherited her fortune from her family’s publishing business.

Monika Schoeller - the Source of her Fortune

Monika Schoeller, a German citizen, who is now 70 years old, has a secure spot in the Forbes List of Billionaires. She resides in Stuttgart in Germany.

In 1948, a man named Georg von Holtzbrinck laid the foundation for what is today, one of the leading global media companies. He began a small book club which slowly grew. By the late 1950s, it was renamed the Deutscher Bücherbund and they acquired several publishing houses including companies such as Rowohlt, Droemer and Kindler. One substantial acquisition of the company was the S. Fischer Verlag which was the leading publishing house in Germany back then.

Due to these quick takeovers over the years, the Verlagsgruppe Georg von Holtzbrinck GmbH holding company was founded in the year 1971. The company watched over the affairs of its various publishing houses and played a considerable part in their management and development.

The Company Grows With Time

The three siblings - Dieter von Holtzbrinck, Monika Schoeller von Holtzbrinck, and their half-brother Stefan, had together inherited the Verlagsgruppe Holtzbrinck group from their father. In 1971, Georg von Holtzbrinck’s son, Dieter von Holtzbrinck took over the reins of the emerging publishing company. He expanded the group not just inside Germany but internationally too. In the mid 1990s, they acquired the international publishing house Macmillan and from then, their business grew and diversified into countries and markets in Asia, Africa, Australia, and Latin America.

Monika Schoeller Becomes the 50% Owner

In 2001, Dieter von Holtzbrinck handed over responsibility of the company to Monika and Stefan, and in 2006, he gave up his share in his company to his siblings. Hence, Monika Schoeller ended up being a 50% partner in the Verlagsgruppe Holtzbrinck publishing group.

The Verlagsgruppe Holtzbrinck publishing group is currently headquartered in Germany. It engages in trade publishing, education and science, newspapers and magazines, and electronic media and services. Monika Schoeller heads the book publishing unit of the group, S. Fischer Verlag, which dates back to 1886.

Monika Schoeller’s Community Service

Monika Schoeller has played a key role in the publishing community. She is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Literature House Frankfurt and Kurt Wolff Foundation. Through her role in the S. Fischer Foundation, she has promoted literary culture across Germany’s borders. To honor her prolific contribution, the 1st Class Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany was awarded to her in 2009.

Monika Schoeller has become one of the most influential figures of the German publishing and literary community. With a net worth of $1.0 billion, she appeared on the Forbes List of Billionaires again in 2009.

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