Established in August 1985 as joint venture of RCA Corp. and Bertelsmann AG. RCA had a 75% share and Bertelsmann a 25% share. RCA had worldwide operational control except for Germany, Austria and Switzerland, where Bertelsmann had a 51% majority and operational control. This led to the fact that for Germany the joint venture was called [l295424] and for the rest of the world [l201169]. Subsequently, for distribution in German speaking countries the company was called [l393944] and for the rest of the world [l274670]. In 1986 Bertelsmann acquired 100% of RCA from General Electric and created the Bertelsmann Music Group, integrating RCA/Ariola International.
RCA / Ariola International S. De R.L. De C.V.
RCA/Ariola Benelux B.V.
RCA/Ariola Internacional Discos Ltda.