Publisher, investor, author
As a publisher, investor, and author, Florian Langenscheidt navigates the fine lines between digitization, market, and the arts. A great-great-grandson of the founder of the Langenscheidt Publishing Group, the renowned dictionary company, he found his way into the world of literature and media.
Since 2002, Florian has been a member of the supervisory board and shareholder of the Langenscheidt Group. In addition, as a former member of the supervisory board of publishing house Brockhaus, the “German institution of knowledge,” he witnessed the economic decline of this traditional business. Florian holds both enthusiastic and critical perspectives of the digital revolution, advocating for a moderate use of new technologies and media, with an eye on human flourishing. In one of his latest books, 1000 Glücksmomente (2010), he sheds light on the simple pleasures that ensure a truly beautiful life beyond short Instagram stories.
Furthermore, Florian has been involved in social initiatives, particularly revolving around children’s education and care. He is a member of the World Wildlife Fund’s (WWF) board of trustees, initiator and head of the executive board of Children for a Better World, partner of the German Children and Youth Foundation, and a member of the board of trustees of Foundation for Reading (Stiftung Lesen), German Olympic Association, and the Deutsches Museum. He is also a member of both the Chairman’s Council of the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Board of Trustees of the Institute for Advanced Studies at Princeton University.