Rainer Zitelmann, Ph.D.

Rainer Zitelmann, Ph.D. is a historian and sociologist. He is also a world-renowned author, successful businessman and real estate investor.

Zitelmann studied history and political sciences, graduating with a doctorate “summa cum laude” in 1986. His dissertation was published in both German and English: Hitler. The Policies of Seduction.

Rainer Zitelmann began his career lecturing history at the Freie Universität Berlin from 1987 to 1992. He then became chief editor at one of the leading and most prestigious publishing houses in Germany, Ullstein-Propyläen. He followed this with the role of section editor at the major German daily newspaper “Die Welt”, which he held until 2000.

In the year 2000, Rainer Zitelmann, Ph.D. founded a company, Dr. ZitelmannPB. GmbH. He ran the company from 2000 to 2016, establishing it as by far the leading PR consultancy for the German real estate industry. He sold the business in 2016.

Zitelmann built his wealth through his entrepreneurial activities and as a successful real estate investor.

In 2016, Zitelmann was awarded his second doctorate, this time in sociology, with his thesis on the psychology of the super-rich. The table of contents and sample chapters can be downloaded from http://the-wealth-elite.com/

Zitelmann has written a total of 25 books. His books are successful all around the world, especially in China, India and South Korea.


Press, Samples and more

Using a previously unparalleled range of sources, this book reconstructs Hitler’s thought processes and objectives. It shows that Hitler developed a concept of “National Socialism” in which anti-capitalist ideas played a far greater role than has previously been assumed. Zitelmann shows that Hitler‘s anti-capitalism became increasingly radicalized and that he eventually became an admirer of Stalin’s Soviet planned economy.

“Many biographies have been written about Adolf Hitler, but Rainer Zitelmann’s book on Hitler is not just another biography. He has taken the trouble to collate and evaluate all of Hitler’s utterances and writings and has thus cleared the ground for a fuller understanding of Hitler’s self-image, the nature of his ideology, his objectives, and his policies…Rainer Zitelmann has resolved to abstain from moral judgments; but his meticulous and responsible scholarship speaks all the louder. His book constitutes a milestone in our understanding of Adolf Hitler.”

Prof. Klemens von Klemperer, Journal of Modern History

Beliefs such as “quality prevails on its own” or “modesty is a virtue” are among the biggest obstacles to success. No matter whether you are an employee, an entrepreneur or a freelancer: as long as you don‘t learn to market yourself, you‘ll never realize your full potential for success.

At a time when self-marketing is becoming increasingly important, this book uncovers the methods successful figures, past and present, from the most diverse walks of life used to turn themselves into distinctive brands and attract worldwide attention.

The eight men and four women profiled here could not be more different – from Albert Einstein, born in 1879, to Kim Kardashian, born 101 years later. Their lives and careers were different, but one thing unites them all: they were geniuses of self-marketing. Now you too can learn valuable lessons from Karl Lagerfeld, Muhammad Ali, Oprah Winfrey, Andy Warhol, Steve Jobs, Madonna, Princess Diana, Stephen Hawking, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Donald Trump.


“We live in a hyper-‘woke’ day and age, the age of ‘no-platforming’ and ‘cancel culture,’ characterized by elaborate speech codes, tight constraints on what we are allowed to say in public, and potentially steep social penalties for transgressions. Unless, of course, you are engaging in ‘upward classism,’ one of the few remaining forms of negative stereotyping that are not just socially acceptable but often positively socially encouraged. Rainer Zitelmann’s book has to be the most thorough and comprehensive account of this phenomenon to date. Zitelmann’s writing is accessible and jargon-free yet remains academically rigorous throughout. Commendably, the author manages to steer clear of polemicizing— although he must have been tempted more than once. This is a timely and relevant book, not least because while ‘eat-the-rich’ rhetoric may be good politics, it is demonstrably a poor guide to policy.”

Kristian Niemietz, head of political economy, Institute of Economic Affairs


“This much-needed book examines success and what it takes to achieve it. Looking in detail at the case histories of those who had the courage and tenacity to blaze new trails, to apply themselves and to learn, Dare to be Different and Grow Rich contains lessons for all who want to achieve great things. It looks to the future as well as to the past. Inspired by the accruements of other achievers, it will motivate today’s generation to emulate them and to accomplish things that will not only bring success to themselves but will provide the innovations that improve the common lot for all of us.”

Dr. Madsen Pirie, President, the Adam Smith Institute


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