Christiane zu Salm

Media and Publishing Entrepreneur


Christiane zu Salm (born 1966 in Mainz, Germany) is entrepreneur and publisher of Nicolai Publishing and Intelligence. Nicolai is one of the oldest publishing houses in Germany. It was founded 1713 by Friedrich Nicolai, one of the most distinguished publishers, authors and booksellers during the Age of Enlightenment. In the coming years, the publishing house will return to its roots whilst breaking new grounds. The main emphasis of the publishing programme will be publications of interdisciplinary popular science.

Christiane zu Salm (also: Christiane Kofler), born into a family of publishers, was trained as a bookseller at S. Fischer Publishing and studied business administration at LMU, Munich and at Harvard University, Cambridge, USA before she worked in various positions in the television and music branches of Bertelsmann AG. She went on to become the managing director of MTV Central Europe before founding the interactive network 9Live and sonnenklar TV. Later she served as a board member for Cross Media at Hubert Burda Media AG. Since 2007 she is also member of the board of directors of the Swiss media group Ringier AG. The World Economic Forum named her Global Leader for Tomorrow in 2002. In 2006 she was awarded the Eisenhower Fellowship.

As an art collector, Christiane zu Salm focuses on the genre of both historic and contemporary collage in her About Change, Collection. She is also the co-founder of THE ARTS+ fair and conference that is taking place during the Frankfurt Book Fair. The innovative fair and conference is the first international marketplace for cultural content and acts as a global think tank for the creative sector.

Christiane zu Salm has volunteered in end-of-life care at a hospice in Berlin since 2011. Her experiences inspired her to write two books. The first book “Dieser Mensch war ich – Nachrufe auf das eigene Leben“ was published in 2013 by Goldmann. The second book “Weiterleben. Nach dem Verlust eines geliebten Menschen” was published in October 2016 and deals with the subject of grief. Both books became a SPIEGEL bestseller.