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Bertelsmann: Most promising Group in Germany and most respected Media Enterprise in the World

Gütersloh (ots) - Bertelsmann AG is being given outstanding evaluations from various independent juries as the leading enterprise. A jury from Wirtschaftswoche magazine describes Bertelsmann as the most promising group in Germany, and a survey by Financial Times calls Bertelsmann the most respected media enterprise in the world. A group of ten teams of jurors from universities, corporate consulting firms and bank analysts analyzed the future potential of big German industrial and service companies in the fields of strategy and leadership quality, quality and variety of products, internationality and market breadth, e-business and innovation as well as capital resources and profitability for Wirtschaftswoche magazine. Bertelsmann ranks in first place in the overall ranking. With 415 points, the enterprise achieves 80 percent of the theoretical maximum value. In the categories e-business and innovation as well as quality and variety of products, Bertelsmann also reaches the top position. Financial Times published a ranking of the "world's most respected companies 2000": it is based on a joint survey of the business newspaper and the corporate consulting firm PriceWaterhouseCoopers. 720 chief executives throughout the world were questioned. Bertelsmann is listed at the top among the most respected media enterprises in the world in the industry survey and thus clearly beats out Disney, Time Warner and News Corporation, among others. The Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Bertelsmann AG, Thomas Middelhoff, stated, "the result and revenues of Bertelsmann are moving into new a dimension. At the same time, the enterprise is adjusting to the challenges of the changing markets, the converging media industry and the higher standards of the customers. The recognition we've received both in Germany and internationally is an additional incentive to us." ots Originaltext: Bertelsmann AG Internet: For further information please contact: Oliver Herrgesell Bertelsmann AG - Media and Financial Relations Phone: +49 - 173 - 523 25 23 E-mail: Original-Content von: Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA, übermittelt durch news aktuell

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