Rainer Zitelmann holds doctorates in history and sociology and is also a successful entrepreneur and real estate investor.
He studied history and political science at the Technical University of Darmstadt and graduated “with distinction.” In 1986, he was awarded his doctorate in history with the grade “summa cum laude” for his thesis on Hitler’s worldview.
He then worked at the Central Institute for Social Science Research at the Free University of Berlin before taking up the position of editor-in-chief of Ullstein-Propyläen, at the time Germany’s third-largest book publishing group, and then as department head at one of the leading premium daily newspapers in Germany, Die Welt.
In 2000, he founded his own company, which he established as the leading consultancy for communication within the real estate industry. He built his wealth as a contrarian investor in the Berlin rental housing market. He sold his communications consultancy in 2016 and wrote his second doctoral dissertation at the sociology faculty of the University of Potsdam. His doctoral dissertation focused on the psychology and personality traits of the super-rich.
He now lives in Berlin as a writer, author and real estate investor. Zitelmann has written and published 25 books, which have been translated into numerous languages and published around the world. His two most recent books are The Power of Capitalism and The Rich In Public Opinion. Zitelmann writes for a number of leading media outlets in Germany (Die Welt, FAZ), Switzerland (Neue Zürcher Zeitung), the UK (City AM), France (Le Point) and the United States (Forbes.com, Washington Examiner) and Italy (Linkiesta). You can read more about Rainer Zitelmann here: http://www.rainer-zitelmann.com/