In the late 1980s and early 1990s, he worked as a research assistant at the Central Institute for Social Science Research at the Free University in Berlin.
He then went on to head the real estate section of the major German daily newspaper Die Welt.
He became a self-employed entrepreneur in 2000 and was the owner of Germany’s leading communications consultancy for real estate companies until 2016.
He is also a successful real estate investor.
Zitelmann has written and published 21 books that have been translated into many languages worldwide and are particularly successful in Asia.
His latest book, The Wealth Elite, is based on 45 detailed interviews and is the first qualitative sociological study into the personality traits of ultra-high-net-worth individuals.