In Springer's parents' house Frisian was spoken. It belongs to the Independent Evangelical Lutheran Church. The daughter of a gardener and a master homemaker had an apprenticeship as a hotel clerk canceled before it as a nanny in the house Springer in Hamburg- Blankenese found employment in 1965. Even while Axel Springer was married to his fourth wife Helga, she became his mistress. In 1978 she was Springer's fifth wife.
After Springer's death in 1985 she inherited, along with the children and grandchildren from previous marriages Springer, Springer shares his publishing empire. The publishers were at this time still 26.1 percent, the rest was the Bavarian film dealer Leo Kirch, the Burda family and various small shareholders. As a result, she became manager of the Axel Springer Verlag and sole manager of the knight holding company.
Under her leadership, bought the Springer heirs in 1988 the proportion of Burda brothers for about 531 million DM back. The two had paid for the share five years earlier half. After subsequently Springers children and grandchildren rebelled, they paid the family members and so took their shares. In 2002, sat Friede Springer Döpfner as the new CEO. He led the Springer group from the crisis and from the close links with the Munich entrepreneur Leo Kirch.
Friede Springer has 5% of the shares of Axel Springer AG, however, especially 90 % of the shares of Axel Springer Society for Journalism GmbH & Co., which in turn holds 51.5 % stake in Axel Springer AG. It acts as deputy chairman of the second largest after the German media group Bertelsmann AG.
Friede Springer is next to the Friede Springer Foundation CEO of Axel Springer Foundation and both founder and sole director of Friede Springer Heart Foundation. According to Forbes Magazine, it has an estimated personal fortune of converted 2.5 billion U.S. dollars and lands for 2010 to number 29 of the richest people in Germany.
It maintains a friendly relationship with Angela Merkel and the CDU took - as a member of the 12th, 13th, 14th and 15th Federal Assembly - 2004, 2009, 2010 and 2012 on the election of the Federal President in part.
In addition to other awards of the Order of Merit of the State of Berlin and 1996, the Great Cross of Merit in 1988, she was awarded. In 2000, she received the Leo Baeck Prize, the highest distinction of the Central Council of Jews in Germany. She received on 13 May 2002 an honorary doctorate from Ben- Gurion University of the Negev in Be'er Sheva, Israel, and on 12 July 2004 the Bavarian Order of Merit. In 2008 she was awarded the Federal Cross of Merit with big star. On 2 October 2009 she was awarded in Kiel with the Hermann Ehlers price of Hermann Ehlers Foundation. On June 1, 2012 Springer is honored by the Moses Mendelssohn Center for European -Jewish Studies at the Moses Mendelssohn Medal. On 20 June 2012, Friede Springer received the Medal for Merit to Foundations by the Federal Association of German Foundations. Also in 2012 she was awarded the Leibniz Medal of the Berlin- Brandenburg Academy of Sciences.