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Zeitverlag Gerd Bucerius GmbH & Co. KG

legal form GmbH & Co. KG
founding 1946
Seat Hamburg
management Rainer Esser , Chairman of the Management Board
Number of employees 200 (domestic), 350 total
Branch media
Website www.zeitverlag.de

Zeitverlag, founded under this name in 1972 (completely: Zeitverlag Gerd Bucerius GmbH & Co. KG ) is responsible for the publication of the weekly newspaper Die Zeit , which has existed since 1946.

The publishers are owned by Dieter von Holtzbrinck Medien (DvH Medien) and the Georg von Holtzbrinck publishing group, each with 50%.

With ZEIT Kunstverlag , based in Hamburg and Berlin, Zeitverlag has a wholly-owned subsidiary that u. a. publishes the magazine Weltkunst and the newspaper Art and Auctions , as well as occasionally also artists - Critical Lexicon of Contemporary Art . Another subsidiary is Tempus Corporate GmbH and, since 1988, the film production company Die Zeit TV GmbH with a 55% share . The publisher organizes around 150 events in the fields of politics, business, science and education every year.

Publications (selection)

Weekly newspaper

Die Zeit since February 21, 1946, weekly (Thursdays, online eve)

Against the opposition of the editors, Gerd Bucerius pushed through the ZEIT magazine as the first colored supplement in Germany.



  • Die Zeit - the lexicon in 20 volumes
    Volumes 1–16 form the encyclopedic core with 145,000 key words based on the 15-volume Brockhaus encyclopedia supplemented with original articles from Der Zeit on important topics. Volumes 17-19 contain the German dictionary of contemporary German, which includes the vocabulary of around 250,000 words from the current three generations (parents, children, grandparents). Volume 20 contains around 5,000 expressions and quotations.
  • World and cultural history in 20 volumes
  • The junior lexicon in six volumes

The Zeit-Bibliothek is a selection of 100 important books in each genre , published as a book by Suhrkamp Verlag .



On February 14, 1946, Gerd Bucerius , Lovis H. Lorenz , Richard Tüngel and Ewald Schmidt di Simoni received the license to publish the weekly newspaper from the British occupation authorities. On July 1, 1965, Bucerius founded “ Gruner + Jahr ” together with Richard Gruner and John Jahr senior , the second largest German press company at the time. On January 1, 1973, he transferred his shares to “Gruner + Jahr” of the newly founded Bertelsmann AG . In 1972, Die Zeit was separated from Bertelsmann AG and the new Zeitverlag was then founded.

Diether Stolze headed the publishing house from 1977 to 1982 . From 1985 onwards, Bucerius' partner Hilde von Lang (until 1990 together with Helmut Schmidt , who has been the publisher since then) managed the publishing house.

From July 1, 1996 Zeitverlag belonged to the Georg von Holtzbrinck publishing group . With effect from June 1, 2009 , Dieter von Holtzbrinck Medien GmbH (DvH Medien), newly founded by Dieter von Holtzbrinck, took over 50% of the shares. The remaining 50% of the capital is held by Georg von Holtzbrinck GmbH & Co KG Zeitverlag Beteiligungsgesellschaft .


In May 2012, the Jakob Fugger Medal of the Association of Bavarian Newspaper Publishers, one of the most prestigious German-language prizes for the magazine industry, was awarded for the first time not to an individual, but to the editors, publishers, managing directors, editors-in-chief and employees of the time .


  • The time. Weekly newspaper for politics, business, knowledge and culture . Zeitverlag Bucerius, Hamburg 1946ff. (Appears weekly)
  • Christian Haase, Axel Schildt (ed.): DIE ZEIT and the Bonn Republic. An opinion-forming weekly between rearmament and reunification . Göttingen 2008.
  • Ralf Dahrendorf : Liberal and independent. Gerd Bucerius and his time. CH Beck, Munich 2000, ISBN 3-406-46474-2 .
  • Mathias von der Heide, Christian Wagner: "Further to the right than the CDU". The first decade of "time". In: Lutz Hachmeister, Friedemann Sierung (ed.): The gentlemen journalists. The elite of the German press after 1945. CH Beck, Munich 2002, ISBN 3-406-47597-3 , pp. 165-184.
  • Karl-Heinz Janßen, Haug von Kuenheim , Theo Sommer (ed.): THE TIME. History of a weekly newspaper from 1946 to the present day. Siedler, Berlin 2006, ISBN 3-88680-847-5 .

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. http://www.wer-zu-wem.de/firma/zeitverlag.html
  2. ↑ Customer profile ( Memento from May 31, 2013 in the Internet Archive )
  3. a b KEK media database - Zeitverlag Gerd Bucerius GmbH & Co KG . In: kek-online.de . 2016. Retrieved February 29, 2016.
  4. Presumably with DvH as general partner with management authority and GvH as limited partner of the KG , but this still needs to be checked using the commercial register. - ~~~~
  5. ^ Die Zeit TV GmbH filmportal.de
  6. http://www.zeitverlag.de/marken-produkte/
  7. DNB 975039679
  8. The ANTIQUITÄTEN ZEITUNG becomes KUNST und AUKTIONEN. In: DNV online. January 4, 2008, accessed November 15, 2019 .
  9. ^ Zeit-Verlag gives Antiques-Zeitung a new name. In: wuv.de . January 4, 2008, accessed November 15, 2019 .
  10. DNB 987119842
  11. ^ Art and auctions. In: weltkunst.de . Retrieved November 15, 2019 .
  12. DNB 017049059
  13. DNB 973052899
  14. DNB 978504593
  15. DNB 987011138
  16. Alexander Smoltczyk: The signs of the times . In: Der Spiegel . No. 5 , 1998 ( online - a look behind the scenes of this phase of change).
  17. ^ Report to Zeit-Online, March 26, 2009; Change of power in the Holtzbrinck family ( memento from November 22, 2013 in the Internet Archive ), meedia.de, March 26, 2009
  18. Bayerisches Fernsehen - Rundschau: Fugger Medal: Award for “Die Zeit” ( Memento from February 8, 2013 in the Internet Archive ).
  19. Bild.de: Fugger Medal for “Die Zeit” , accessed on February 6, 2016.

Coordinates: 53 ° 32 '58.9 "  N , 9 ° 59' 54.6"  E