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, Dr. Rainer Zitelmann 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 21 books. His books are successful all around the world, especially in China, India and South Korea.His latest book was published 2020 by CATO Institute: The Rich in Public Opinion.