Famous American Publishers

If you are a reading aficionado, you would agree that nothing can bring that 180 degree of smile than laying hands on the new book in town. To avid readers, the fragrance of a new book is like that of an aged-old perfume and the ruffle of the pages like a bird singing its merry song. Books have been man’s best friend since times immemorial. While book reading seems to have dipped low thanks to the emergence of new technology and e-books, if you go by the records, you would hardly believe the same. Book publishing business is rapidly and consistently developing since the past centuries. American publishers have gained the top spot when it comes to counting global leaders in the publishing business. Thomson/Reuters take up the 3rd spot in the world ranking of world’s top publishers. Random House has consistently been the largest publisher of trade books. American publisher Cengage Learning, headquartered in Boston Massachusetts, is an educational content, technology, and services company, catering to the higher education and professional and library markets worldwide. Other prominent American publishers include Scholastic Inc, Nature America, and so on. Check this segment to find in details about American publishing houses and famous American publishers.

This ranking is based on an algorithm that combines various factors, including the votes of our users and search trends on the internet.

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 1 Hugh Hefner

Hugh Hefner
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Famous As: Founder of Playboy Magazine
Birthdate: April 9, 1926
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: September 27, 2017

As the founder of Playboy magazine, Hugh Hefner changed the way people viewed nudity. Known for his enviable lifestyle, he resided in luxury mansions along with his Playboy Playmates. Also a well-known philanthropist, Hefner made significant donations to various causes. He also supported freedom of expression and sexual liberation.

 2 Martha Stewart

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Famous As: Businesswoman
Birthdate: August 3, 1941
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Jersey City, New Jersey, United States

The founder of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Martha Stewart has found success with several business ventures. She is also the publisher of a magazine called Martha Stewart Living and has written many bestselling books. Although she was convicted of charges pertaining to the ImClone stock trading case, she made a comeback and became chairwoman of her company.

 3 Mark Twain

Mark Twain
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: November 30, 1835
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Florida, Missouri, United States
Died: April 21, 1910

Mark Twain, “the father of American literature,” was one of the world’s greatest 19-th century humorists and authors. His novels The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn were drawn from his childhood experiences in Missouri. In his later life, he sunk into bankruptcy and also recovered.

 4 William Randolph Hearst

William Randolph Hearst
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Famous As: Newspaper Baron
Birthdate: April 29, 1863
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: San Francisco, California, United States
Died: August 14, 1951

William Randolph Hearst was an American newspaper publisher, businessman, and politician. He is credited with developing America's largest newspaper chain, Hearst Communications. Today, Hearst Communications has grown into a multinational business information and mass media conglomerate. William Randolph Hearst’s life and work inspired the creation of Charles Foster Kane, the main character in the 1941 drama film, Citizen Kane.

 5 Larry Flynt

Larry Flynt
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Birthdate: November 1, 1942
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Lakeville, Kentucky, U.S.
Died: February 10, 2021
Larry Flynt, owner of Larry Flynt Publications and editor of Hustler magazine, gained fame after publishing some photos of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis sunbathing naked on a vacation. He was paralyzed from the waist down after an assassination attempt in 1978. He has also faced many legal battles related to obscenity.

 6 Katharine Graham

Katharine Graham
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Famous As: Publisher
Birthdate: June 16, 1917
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: New York City
Died: July 17, 2001

 7 Steve Forbes

Steve Forbes
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Famous As: politician, publisher, journalist
Birthdate: July 18, 1947
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Morristown
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 8 Jeffrey Katzenberg

Jeffrey Katzenberg
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Famous As: Businessman
Birthdate: December 21, 1950
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: New York City, New York, USA

 9 Carter Woodson

Carter Woodson
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Famous As: Historian
Birthdate: December 19, 1875
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: New Canton, Virginia, United States
Died: April 3, 1950

Historian Carter Woodson was is remembered for pioneering Black studies in schools and colleges. He began the Negro History Week, which is now celebrated as the Black History Month. Poverty had pushed him to work in the coal mines initially, and he couldn’t join high school before 20.

 10 Bennett Cerf

Bennett Cerf
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Famous As: Publisher
Birthdate: May 25, 1898
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Manhattan, New York
Died: August 27, 1971

 11 Bob Guccione

Bob Guccione
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Famous As: Founded the adult magazine Penthouse in 1965
Birthdate: December 17, 1930
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: New York City, United States
Died: October 20, 2010

 12 Jim Lee

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Famous As: Publisher and Chief Creative Officer of DC Comics
Birthdate: August 11, 1964
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Seoul, South Korea

Korean-American comic-book artist Jim Lee began his career with Marvel and then soared to fame with his X-Men series. Though initially trained in psychology, he skipped medical school and became a comic writer instead. Apart from co-founding Image Comics, he also created WildStorm, which he sold to DC later.

 13 Jann Wenner

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Famous As: Publisher
Birthdate: January 7, 1946
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: New York City, United States

Jann Wenner is an American magazine mogul best known as the co-founder and publisher of Rolling Stone magazine. He is also credited with co-founding the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and other popular publications like Outside. During the 1970s and 1980s, Wenner played a key role in popularizing several writers like Greil Marcus, Hunter S. Thompson, and Cameron Crowe.

 14 Alison Tyler

Alison Tyler
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: 1969 AD
Birthplace: Los Angeles County, California, USA

Alison Tyler is the pen name of an American writer, editor, and publisher. The publisher of erotica, Tyler is credited with writing over 20 explicit novels. She has also edited over 60 erotic anthologies and is credited with founding her own publishing company called Pretty Things Press. Her work, which focuses on erotic themes, has been translated into many languages.

 15 Phil Graham

Phil Graham
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Famous As: Publisher
Birthdate: July 18, 1915
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Terry, South Dakota, United States
Died: August 3, 1963

 16 Jerry Siegel

Jerry Siegel
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Famous As: Comics artist, Writer
Birthdate: October 17, 1914
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Cleveland
Died: January 28, 1996

 17 Jeff Vandermeer

Jeff Vandermeer
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: July 7, 1968
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Bellefonte, Pennsylvania, United States

Jeff Vandermeer is an American author, literary critic, and editor. Dubbed the King of Weird Fiction by The New Yorker, VanderMeer's works are renowned for eluding genre classifications as he often incorporates elements of postmodernism, New Weird, eco-fiction, and post-apocalyptic fiction into his writing. He has won many prestigious awards like World Fantasy Awards, Locus Award, and Nebula Award.

 18 Robert Bernard Sherman

Robert Bernard Sherman
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Famous As: Songwriter
Birthdate: December 19, 1925
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: New York, US
Died: March 6, 2012

 19 Kevin Eastman

Kevin Eastman
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Famous As: Comics artist, Publisher, Screenwriter
Birthdate: May 30, 1962
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Portland, Maine, United States

 20 Malcolm Forbes

Malcolm Forbes
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Famous As: Businessperson
Birthdate: August 19, 1919
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died: February 24, 1990

 21 William Lyon Mackenzie

William Lyon Mackenzie
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Famous As: 1st Mayor of Toronto, Member of the Legislative Assembly of the Province of Canada (1851–1858)
Birthdate: March 12, 1795
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Dundee, Scotland
Died: August 28, 1861

Born in Scotland, William Lyon Mackenzie moved to Canada as a merchant but soon got involved in the country’s politics. He later stepped into journalism and launched his own newspaper, the Colonial Advocate. He spearheaded the Canadian Rebellion of 1837, a failed uprising against the Canadian government.

 22 Will Eisner

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Famous As: Cartoonist
Birthdate: March 16, 1917
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died: January 3, 2005

 23 Porter Stansberry

Porter Stansberry
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: February 2, 1970
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Not known

 24 Randolph Apperson Hearst

Randolph Apperson Hearst
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Famous As: Business People
Birthdate: December 2, 1915
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: New York, United States
Died: December 18, 2000

 25 Rupert Murdoch

Rupert Murdoch
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Famous As: Media Tycoon
Birthdate: March 11, 1931
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Melbourne, Australia

Rupert Murdoch’s company News Corp owns hundreds of publishing outlets and TV channels around the world, including The Sun, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Post and Fox News. His media houses have been accused of hacking the phones of celebrities and public citizens. He has also had to face allegations of bribery and corruption in the UK and the US.

 26 Joe Simon

Joe Simon
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: October 11, 1913
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Rochester, New York, United States
Died: December 14, 2011

 27 Elbert Hubbard

Elbert Hubbard
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: June 19, 1856
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Bloomington, Illinois, United States
Died: May 7, 1915

 28 Walter Annenberg

Walter Annenberg
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Famous As: Businessman
Birthdate: March 13, 1908
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States
Died: October 1, 2002

 29 John W. Henry

John W. Henry
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Famous As: Businessman
Birthdate: September 13, 1949
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Quincy, Illinois, United States

 30 P. B. S. Pinchback

P. B. S. Pinchback
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: May 10, 1837
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Macon, Georgia, United States
Died: December 21, 1921

 31 Hugo Gernsback

Hugo Gernsback
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Famous As: Inventor
Birthdate: August 16, 1884
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
Died: August 19, 1967

 32 Henry Luce

Henry Luce
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Famous As: Journalist, Publisher
Birthdate: April 3, 1898
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Dengzhou
Died: February 28, 1967

 33 Milton Bradley

Milton Bradley
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Famous As: Publisher, Writer
Birthdate: November 8, 1836
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Vienna, Maine, United States
Died: May 30, 1911

 34 George DiCaprio

George DiCaprio
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: October 2, 1943
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: United States

Writer, editor, and publisher, George DiCaprio, is known for his work in the underground comix world. He was a popular figure in the 1970s and published comics like Greaser Comics and Forbidden Knowledge. His son, Leonardo DiCaprio, is a famous actor. George played a significant role in his son’s early career and used to screen scripts for him.

 35 Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson

Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson
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Famous As: Entrepreneur, Writer
Birthdate: January 7, 1890
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Greeneville, Tennessee, United States
Died: September 21, 1965

 36 Frederik Pohl

Frederik Pohl
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: November 26, 1919
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States
Died: September 2, 2013

 37 Caresse Crosby

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Famous As: Publisher, Writer, Socialite, Poet, Memoirist, Journalist
Birthdate: April 20, 1891
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: New York City
Died: January 26, 1970

 38 John H. Johnson

John H. Johnson
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Famous As: Publisher, Entrepreneur
Birthdate: January 19, 1918
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Arkansas City, Arkansas, United States
Died: August 8, 2005

 39 Richard M. Sherman

Richard M. Sherman
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Famous As: Songwriters
Birthdate: June 12, 1928
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: New York City, New York, USA

 40 Stan Lee

Stan Lee
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Famous As: Comic book writer
Birthdate: December 28, 1922
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Manhattan, New York, United States
Died: November 12, 2018

Stan Lee was one of the most popular comic book writers, thanks to his appearances in several Marvel movies. He is well-known as the co-creator of many famous superheroes, including Iron Man, Spider-Man, and the Hulk. He pioneered a naturalistic method to writing superhero comics and challenged the Comics Code Authority, which ultimately led to changes in its policies.

 41 Ishmael Reed

Ishmael Reed
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: February 22, 1938
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Chattanooga, Tennessee, United States

 42 Lawrence Ferlinghetti

Lawrence Ferlinghetti
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Famous As: Officer, Poet, Writer, Publisher, Painter, Journalist
Birthdate: March 24, 1919
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Yonkers

 43 Henry Jarvis Raymond

Henry Jarvis Raymond
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: January 24, 1820
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Livingston County, New York, United States
Died: June 18, 1869

 44 Eugene Meyer

Eugene Meyer
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Famous As: Financier
Birthdate: October 31, 1875
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Died: July 17, 1959

 45 Jim Shooter

Jim Shooter
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Famous As: Comics artist, Publisher, Screenwriter
Birthdate: September 27, 1951
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Pittsburgh

 46 James Gordon Bennett, Sr.

James Gordon Bennett, Sr.
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Famous As: Founder of New York Herald, Publisher
Birthdate: September 1, 1795
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Newmill, Scotland
Died: June 1, 1872

 47 Joseph Medill Patterson Albright

Joseph Medill Patterson Albright
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Famous As: Businessman
Birthdate: 1937 AD
Birthplace: United States

 48 Pierre Samuel du Pont de Nemours

Pierre Samuel du Pont de Nemours
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Famous As: Economist
Birthdate: December 14, 1739
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: August 7, 1817

Pierre Samuel du Pont de Nemours was a French-American writer and economist. An ambitious man, he served as French inspector general of commerce under Louis XVI. He moved to America during the French Revolution and was later elected a member of the American Philosophical Society. His son Éleuthère Irénée du Pont founded E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company. 

 49 G. Willow Wilson

G. Willow Wilson
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Famous As: Journalist, Writer, Comics writer, Science fiction writer
Birthdate: August 31, 1982
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: New Jersey

 50 Frank Knox

Frank Knox
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: January 1, 1874
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts United States
Died: April 28, 1944