Axel Springer Axel Springer is a German digital publishing house, the largest in Europe, with numerous multimedia news brands, such as Bild, Die Welt, and Fakt, and more than 15,000 employees. Digital media activities contribute more than 60% to its revenues and nearly 70% to its EBITDA. Axel Springer’s business is divided into three segments: paid models, marketing models, and classified ad models.
Headquartered in Berlin, Germany, the company is active in more than 40 countries with subsidiaries, joint ventures, and licensing.
Started in 1946/1947 by journalist Axel Springer, its current CEO as of 2019 is Mathias Döpfner. The Axel Springer company is the largest publishing house in Europe and controls the largest share of the German market for daily newspapers; 23.6%, largely because its flagship tabloid Bild is the highest-circulation newspaper in Europe with a daily readership in excess of 12 million.