Penguin Random House Statistics

Penguin Random House Statistics

  • As of 2021, Penguin Random House generates over $4.7 billion in revenue from book sales annually (over €4 billion).
  • This makes Penguin the highest-earning publishing house in the world, generating more revenue than its main competitors, Hachette, Simon & Schuster, HarperCollins, and Macmillan.
  • Penguin Random House generates 15.7% of global publishing revenue as of 2021. The company also holds 39% of the Big Five publishers’ revenue.
  • Penguin Random House reports an annual income of $893.1 million (€755 million) as of 2021, which is close to the combined income of the other 4 publishers from the Big Five list.
  • 43.5% of Penguin’s revenue is generated outside of the United States:
    • 11.8% of revenue comes from the UK.
    • 6.9% of revenue is generated in Germany.
    • 9.1% is generated in other European countries.
    • 15.4% of revenue comes from non-European countries, excluding the US.
  • 56.5% of the company’s revenue is generated in the US, which is 3.6% less than in 2020.
  • Penguin Random House had over $116 million in investments in 2021.
  • As of 2021, Penguin Random House employs 11,979 people, while the average number of employees throughout 2021 was 11,637.
  • As of 2021, Penguin’s best-selling title is Atomic Habits by James Clear, with over 3.5 million copies sold.
  • Greenlights by Matthew McConaughey sold close to 2 million copies in 2021, making it the second highest-selling book from the publisher.
  • Penguin Random House sells over 600 million copies annually across print and digital formats.
  • The company publishes 85,000 titles every year, including 15,000 titles in print and 70,000 titles in digital format.

Penguin Random House revenue statistics

  • Since 2013, when Penguin and Random House merged, the revenue of the newly-formed company increased by 51.9%.
  • The company’s revenue has been growing by 5.7% annually, on average.
  • Penguin Random House has been generating over $4 billion in annual revenue for 4 years in a row, and in 6 out of the last 10 years.
  • The share of company’s revenue generated in the US has been 56.1% on average since 2013.
  • Through the firest half of 2022, the company reported a 1% rise in revenue compared to the same period in 2021.
  • Since 2016, Penguin Random House makes up for 39% of the Big Five Publishers’ revenue.

The complete breakdown on annual revenue data for Penguin Random House since 2013 are presented in the table below:

YearRevenue (€ million)Revenue ($ million)Change
20214,0304,7556.0%
20203,8024,3344.6%
20193,6364,0726.2%
20183,4244,0401.9%
20173,3593,796-0.1%
20163,3613,731-9.6%
20153,7174,12611.8%
20143,3244,42125.2%
20132,6543,530

Graphical presentation of Penguin Random House annual revenue is presented on the chart below:

Penguin Random House income statistics

  • Income that Penguin Random House generated since 2013 exceeds 4.6 million euro ($5.8 billion).
  • During this period, the company’s income increased by over 107%, growing 10.1% annually on average.
  • Penguin’s income from book sales is close to the combined income of other 4 big publishers.
  • From January to June 2022, the company reported an income of 275 million euro, which is a decline of 21% compared to the same period in 2021.

Penguin Random House annual income breakdown is presented on the table below:

YearIncome (€ million)Income ($ million)Change
20217558919.3%
202069178823.2%
20195616286.3%
20185286231.3%
2017521589-3.0%
2016537596-3.6%
201555761823.2%
201445260124.5%
2013363483

The company’s income breakdown is graphically presented on the chart below: