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German media group Bertelsmann to acquire Simon & Schuster for more than $2 billion
German media group Bertelsmann to acquire Simon & Schuster for more than $2 billion
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German media group Bertelsmann will acquire U.S. publisher Simon & Schuster from ViacomCBS for more than $2 billion. Bertelsmann, the owner of Penguin Random House, outbid Rupert Murdoch's News Corp for the publisher of authors Dan Brown, Hillary Clinton and Stephen King that Viacom put up for sale earlier this year.

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