Bonnier Group

Bonnier AB (Swedish pronunciation: [ˈbʊnˈniːr]; also the Bonnier Group)[3] is a privately held Swedish media group of 175 companies operating in 15 countries. It is controlled by the Bonnier family.[4]

Bonnier AB
Private company
IndustryMedia group
Founded1804 in Copenhagen, Denmark
Key people
Carl-Johan Bonnier (chairman)[1]
Tomas Franzén (CEO)[2]
ProductsNewspapers, books, magazines, television, cinemas, film production, radio
RevenueIncrease US$4.097 billion (2013)
Increase US$305 million (2013)
Increase US$227 million (2013)
Number of employees
9,226 (2013)


The company was founded in 1804[5] by Gerhard Bonnier in Copenhagen, Denmark, when Bonnier published his first book, Underfulde og sandfærdige kriminalhistorier. Gerhard's sons later moved to Sweden. The Bonnier book publishing companies in Sweden that are part of book publishing house Bonnierförlagen now include Albert Bonniers förlag, Wahlström & Widstrand, Forum, and Bonnier Carlsen, as well as other book publishers and imprints in Sweden. Bonnier Tidskrifter publishes magazines, including Veckans Affärer, Damernas Värld, Amelia, Sköna Hem, Teknikens Värld, Resume, nearly a dozen crossword magazines,[6] and the tablet magazine C Mode. Other subsidiaries include the film production companies SF Studios and Sonet Film; daily newspapers Dagens Nyheter, Expressen, Sydsvenskan and Helsingborgs Dagblad;[7] business daily Dagens Industri; and medical journal Dagens Medicin.

International operations

In Denmark, operations include magazine publisher Bonnier Publications, which has subsidiaries in Norway, Finland and Sweden; business daily Dagbladet Børsen; film distributors SF Film and film producers SF Film Production.

Finnish operations include book publishers Tammi and WSOY; plus magazines from Bonnier Publications and film productions by FS Film.

In Germany, Bonnier Media Deutschland includes Ullstein Buchverlage, Piper Verlag, Thienemann Verlag and Carlsen Verlag, among others.

In Norway, along with magazines from Bonnier Media and the movie chain SF Kino and film distribution company SF Norge, subsidiaries include book publisher Cappelen Damm.

In Malta, Bonnier owned Evoke Gaming Ltd.[8] This was divested in late 2017.[9]

In January 2007, the Bonnier Magazine Group acquired 18 magazines from American media company Time Inc and merged the operations with other publishing companies to create the U.S.-based Bonnier Corporation.[10] As a result, Bonnier Corporation owns over 40 magazines, including Popular Science, Saveur, Field & Stream, Outdoor Life and Popular Photography, a range of action sport magazines focused on motorcycling, as well as a number of niche travel and lifestyle titles.[11] Book publisher Weldon Owen was also part of the company. In 2013, Bonnier signed a deal with Source Interlink where they bought motorcycle franchises Dirt Rider, Motorcyclist, Sport Rider, Motorcycle Cruiser, Hot Bike, Baggers, Super Streetbike, Street Chopper and ATV Rider, whereas they sold Sound & Vision and the TransWorld franchise.

Bonnier’s publishing in the United Kingdom has three main divisions: Igloo, Kings Road Publishing and Bonnier Zaffre. A number of imprints operate within each division, most notably: Blink, Autumn Publishing, Hot Key Books, Red Lemon Press, Templar Publishing, Piccadilly Press,[12] Zaffre and Weldon Owen (which was separate from the U.S. book publisher). In 2015, Bonnier UK acquired commercial fiction publisher Totally Entwined.[13] Weldon Owen UK and US was sold to Insight Editions in 2018.[14]

Other operations include Piccolia in France and Five Mile Press in Australia.

Bonnier Publishing USA was formed in August 2016, then composed of the publisher Weldon Owen and the children's publisher, Little Bee. The president of Little Bee, Shimul Tolia became the CEO of this group.[15]

Bonnier owns business newspapers in Estonia (Äripäev), Lithuania (Verslo žinios), Poland (Puls Biznesu) and Slovenia (Finance Business Daily), as well as medical journals in Denmark, Norway, Finland, Poland, and Slovenia.

Bonnier is also behind several digital startups, including the tablet publishing platform Mag+ and children's toy app producer, Toca Boca (sold in 2016 to Spin Master).

In 2017, the Bonnier Motorcycle Group bought the AMA EnduroCross Championship, an off-road motorcycling series. The group also promotes the Quail Motorcycle Gathering, HighPipe, Track Day Shootout, Adventure Rally Series and Hot Bike Tour. Also in 2017, Bonnier sold Nordic Cinema Group to AMC Theatres.[16]

On 20 July 2018, Telia announced the proposed acquisition of the Bonnier Broadcasting Group (which owns TV4 AB, MTV Oy and C More Entertainment) from Bonnier.[17] The acquisition is expected to complete in the second half of 2019, following regulatory approval.


Bonnier is controlled by around 75 family members, including some seventh-generation heirs. Some well-known relatives and descendants of the Bonnier family include:

Time Inc. magazines acquisition

In January 2007, the Bonnier Magazine Group agreed to acquire 18 magazines that Time Inc. was divesting.[10] The estimated price was US$225 million in cash and the assumption of about US$42 million in unfulfilled subscription liabilities (subscriptions already paid but not yet delivered.) The magazines in the package employed 550 people and included Outdoor Life, Popular Science, Field & Stream, Ski, Yachting, and Transworld Snowboarding, as well as 11 other titles that were part of Time Inc.'s Time4 Media Group. Also included were Parenting and Babytalk, which were part of the Parenting Group. That price was believed to be a multiple of about 11 times cash flow for a group that had net income of around US$20 million and revenue of around $230 million.

"We think we did a good deal, and we think Time did as well," said Jonas Bonnier, head of the Bonnier Magazine Group. Bonnier already had a small footprint in the US through a 50 percent stake in Winter Park, Florida-based World Publications, which owned the titles Islands and Spa, Saveur, Water Skiing, and Caribbean Travel & Life.[19]


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  12. ^ "Templar Publishing Buys Piccadilly Press". Publishers Weekly. 1 February 2014. Retrieved 12 February 2014.
  13. ^ Blakey, Heidi (2015-06-26). "Totally Entwined Group becomes part of the Bonnier Publishing family". Totally Entwined Group. Retrieved 2018-02-11.
  14. ^ "Insight Editions Buys Weldon Owen". Retrieved 2018-11-04.
  15. ^ Millot, Jim. "Bonnier Publishing Plans $100 Million U.S. Book Division". Publisher Weekly.
  16. ^ Frater, Patrick (2017-01-23). "Wanda Expands Global Theater Reach as AMC Pays $929 Million for Nordic Cinema". Variety. Retrieved 2018-03-25.
  17. ^ "Telia köper Bonnier Broadcasting – blir storägare till TV4". Expressen (in Swedish). Retrieved 2018-07-23.
  18. ^ Byggherren som satsar allra högst, Dagens Nyheter 4 oktober 2013
  19. ^ Kelly, Keith J. (26 January 2007). "Bonnier Coughed Up $225M to Time". New York Post. Retrieved 31 December 2011.

External links

Bonnier Corporation

Bonnier Corporation is an American magazine publisher owned by the Swedish Bonnier Group. It was formed in March 2007 by the merger of World Publications, Time4 Media and The Parenting Group. It publishes more than 40 special-interest magazines and is based in Winter Park, Florida.

Cycle World

Cycle World is a motorcycling magazine in the United States. It was founded in 1962 by Joe Parkhurst, who was inducted to the Motorcycle Hall of Fame as, "the person responsible for bringing a new era of objective journalism" to the US. As of 2001 Cycle World was the largest motorcycling magazine in the world. The magazine is headquartered in Irvine, California. Regular contributors include Peter Egan and Nick Ienatsch. Occasional contributors have included Hunter S. Thompson and professional riding coach Ken Hill.

Parkhurst sold Cycle World to CBS in 1971. CBS executive Peter G. Diamandis and his associates bought CBS Magazines from CBS in 1987, forming Diamandis Communications, which was acquired by Hachette Magazines the following year, 1988. In 2011, Hachette sold the magazine to Hearst Corporation, which in turn sold Cycle World to Bonnier Corporation the same year.

Dagens Nyheter

Dagens Nyheter (Swedish pronunciation: [ˈdɑːɡɛns ²nyːˌheːtɛr] (listen), lit. "the day's news"), abbreviated DN, is a daily newspaper in Sweden. It is published in Stockholm and aspires to full national and international coverage.


Expressen ("The Express") is one of two nationwide evening newspapers in Sweden, the other being Aftonbladet. Expressen was founded in 1944; its symbol is a wasp and slogans "it stings" or "Expressen to your rescue".

SF Studios

SF Studios is a Swedish film production company, distributor (both Swedish and international) and movie theatre chain based in Stockholm, Sweden and owned by the Bonnier Group. The largest film studio in Sweden, it was established on 27 December 1919 as Aktiebolaget Svensk Filmindustri (AB Svensk Filmindustri) or Svensk Filmindustri (SF), and adopted its current name in 2016.


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