West Germany: A Many-Titled Tycoon

As a World War II prisoner held near Concordia, Kans., German Afrika Korps Lieut. Reinhard Mohn developed a command of English and an affection for American ways. Mohn returned to Germany and took over his family's small 111-year-old C. C. Bertelsmann publishing company, read all that he could find about U.S. management ideas—and made the firm the colossus of the West German book business, ten times larger than its nearest competitors. Lately he has made himself West Germany's movie king as well. He has bought the famed but financially troubled Ufa studio,...

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