Famous American Publishers

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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.
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 1 
Hugh Hefner
(Founder of 'Playboy' Magazine)
Hugh Hefner
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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.

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Martha Stewart
(Businesswoman)
Martha Stewart
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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.

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Mark Twain
(Lauded as the 'Greatest Humorist' the United States Has Produced)
Mark Twain
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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.

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William Randolph Hearst
(Newspaper Baron)
William Randolph Hearst
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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.

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Larry Flynt
(American Publisher and the President of 'Larry Flynt Publications')
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.
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Katharine Graham
(American Newspaper Publisher and Heiress Who Led 'The Washington Post' (1963 - 1991))
Katharine Graham
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Birthdate: June 16, 1917
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: July 17, 2001

The daughter of American publisher and financier Eugene Meyer, Katharine Graham later carried forward her family’s newspaper, The Washington Post. While the newspaper was initially handed over to her husband, Philip Graham, by her father, she took over as the owner, following Philip’s suicide. She later penned a Pulitzer Prize-winning memoir.

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Steve Forbes
(Heir and Editor-in-Chief of Business Magazine 'Forbes')
Steve Forbes
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Birthdate: July 18, 1947
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Morristown

The grandson of Forbes founder B.C. Forbes, Steve Forbes now heads the business publication as its editor-in-chief. A record 4-time Crystal Owl Award winner, he is known for his impeccable financial journalism and has also penned several books. He has unsuccessfully run for the Republican nomination for presidency, too.

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Carter Woodson
(Historian)
Carter Woodson
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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.

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Jerry Siegel
(Co-Creator of the DC Comics Superhero 'Superman')
Jerry Siegel
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Birthdate: October 17, 1914
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Cleveland
Died: January 28, 1996

Legendary American comic book writer Jerry Siegel whose best-known creation was the iconic comic superhero Superman, which he co-created with comic artist Joe Shuster. Known for his stint with DC Comics, he also created other characters such as Doctor Occult, Superboy, and The Spectre. He also worked for Marvel and Charlton Comics.

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Bennett Cerf
(American Publisher and Co-Founder of Publishing Firm 'Random House')
Bennett Cerf
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Birthdate: May 25, 1898
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Manhattan, New York, United States
Died: August 27, 1971

Bennett Cerf was an American publisher and writer. He is credited with co-founding the popular publishing firm, Random House. Cerf was also a TV personality, appearing regularly on a panel game show titled What's My Line for over 17 years.

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Jim Lee
(Comic Book Artist, Publisher and Chief Creative Officer of 'DC Comics')
Jim Lee
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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.

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Bob Guccione
(Founder the Popular Adult Magazine 'Penthouse')
Bob Guccione
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Birthdate: December 17, 1930
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: New York City, United States
Died: October 20, 2010

Porn tycoon Bob Guccione was the founder of the iconic Penthouse adult magazine. While he initially managed a laundromat chain and then drew cartoons for various publications, he later soared to fame with Penthouse and even photographed his models. A string of bad investments, including a failed casino, brought about his downfall.

 13 
Jann Wenner
(Co-Founder and Publisher of the Popular Culture Magazine 'Rolling Stone')
Jann Wenner
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Birthdate: January 7, 1947
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
(Author, Editor and Publisher of Contemporary Erotica)
Alison Tyler
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Birthdate: 1969 AD
Birthplace: Los Angeles County, California, United States

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 
Robert Bernard Sherman
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Birthdate: December 19, 1925
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: New York, US
Died: March 6, 2012
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Randolph Apperson Hearst
(Business People)
Randolph Apperson Hearst
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Birthdate: December 2, 1915
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: New York, United States
Died: December 18, 2000
 17 
Malcolm Forbes
(Businessperson)
Malcolm Forbes
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Birthdate: August 19, 1919
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died: February 24, 1990
 18 
Will Eisner
(Cartoonist)
Will Eisner
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Birthdate: March 16, 1917
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died: January 3, 2005
 19 
Kevin Eastman
(Comics artist, Publisher, Screenwriter)
Kevin Eastman
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Birthdate: May 30, 1962
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Portland, Maine, United States
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Porter Stansberry
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Birthdate: February 2, 1970
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Not known
 21 
Joe Simon
(Writer)
Joe Simon
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Birthdate: October 11, 1913
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Rochester, New York, United States
Died: December 14, 2011
 22 
Rupert Murdoch
(American Media Tycoon and Chairman & CEO of 'News Corp')
Rupert Murdoch
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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.

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Jared Taylor
(American White Supremacist and Editor of 'American Renaissance')
Jared Taylor
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Birthdate: September 15, 1951
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Kobe, Japan

Jared Taylor is a white supremacist who is credited with founding an online magazine named American Renaissance for which he serves as the editor. He also serves as the president of New Century Foundation, the magazine's parent organization, through which he has published many of his books. Over the years Jared Taylor has been accused of propagating racist ideologies.

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Elbert Hubbard
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Birthdate: June 19, 1856
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Bloomington, Illinois, United States
Died: May 7, 1915
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P. B. S. Pinchback
(Politician)
P. B. S. Pinchback
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Birthdate: May 10, 1837
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Macon, Georgia, United States
Died: December 21, 1921
 26 
Milton Bradley
(Publisher, Writer)
Milton Bradley
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Birthdate: November 8, 1836
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Vienna, Maine, United States
Died: May 30, 1911
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John W. Henry
(American Businessman and Primary Owner of Sports Teams 'Liverpool FC', 'Boston Red Sox' and 'The Boston Globe')
John W. Henry
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Birthdate: September 13, 1949
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Quincy, Illinois, United States

Businessman John W. Henry initially acquired immense wealth from his trading firm J.W. Henry & Co. and later built a huge sports empire. He now owns several sports-related businesses, including the Liverpool Football Club and the baseball team Boston Red Sox. He also owns the Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaper The Boston Globe.

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Hugo Gernsback
(Inventor)
Hugo Gernsback
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Birthdate: August 16, 1884
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
Died: August 19, 1967
 29 
George DiCaprio
(American Writer, Editor, Publisher and Father of Actor Leonardo DiCaprio)
George DiCaprio
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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.

 30 
Henry Luce
(Journalist, Publisher)
Henry Luce
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Birthdate: April 3, 1898
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Dengzhou
Died: February 28, 1967
 31 
Frederik Pohl
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Birthdate: November 26, 1919
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States
Died: September 2, 2013
 32 
Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson
(Entrepreneur, Writer)
Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson
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Birthdate: January 7, 1890
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Greeneville, Tennessee, United States
Died: September 21, 1965
 33 
Michael Shermer
(Science Writer, Historian of Science and Founder of the 'Skeptic' Magazine)
Michael Shermer
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Birthdate: September 8, 1954
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States

Michael Shermer is an American historian of science and science writer. He is credited with founding The Skeptics Society, a nonprofit organization that aims at promoting scientific skepticism. He also serves as the editor-in-chief of the organization's magazine Skeptic. From 2001 to 2019, he was a major contributor to Scientific American magazine.

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Phil Graham
(Publisher)
Phil Graham
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Birthdate: July 18, 1915
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Terry, South Dakota, United States
Died: August 3, 1963
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John H. Johnson
(Publisher, Entrepreneur)
John H. Johnson
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Birthdate: January 19, 1918
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Arkansas City, Arkansas, United States
Died: August 8, 2005
 36 
Caresse Crosby
(Publisher, Writer, Socialite, Poet, Memoirist, Journalist)
Caresse Crosby
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Birthdate: April 20, 1891
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: New York City
Died: January 26, 1970
 37 
Richard M. Sherman
(Songwriters)
Richard M. Sherman
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Birthdate: June 12, 1928
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: New York City, New York, USA
 38 
Eugene Meyer
(Financier)
Eugene Meyer
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Birthdate: October 31, 1875
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Died: July 17, 1959
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Lawrence Ferlinghetti
(Officer, Poet, Writer, Publisher, Painter, Journalist)
Lawrence Ferlinghetti
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Birthdate: March 24, 1919
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Yonkers
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Pierre Samuel du Pont de Nemours
(French-American Writer, Economist, Publisher and Government Official)
Pierre Samuel du Pont de Nemours
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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. 

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Stan Lee
(Primary Creative Leader of Marvel Comics and Characters such as 'Spider-Man', 'X-Men' and 'Iron Man')
Stan Lee
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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.

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Henry Jarvis Raymond
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Birthdate: January 24, 1820
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Livingston County, New York, United States
Died: June 18, 1869
 43 
William Lyon Mackenzie
(1st Mayor of Toronto, Member of the Legislative Assembly of the Province of Canada (1851–1858))
William Lyon Mackenzie
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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.

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Jim Shooter
(Comics artist, Publisher, Screenwriter)
Jim Shooter
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Birthdate: September 27, 1951
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Pittsburgh
Joseph Medill Patterson Albright
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Birthdate: 1937 AD
Birthplace: United States
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James Gordon Bennett, Sr.
(Founder of New York Herald, Publisher)
James Gordon Bennett, Sr.
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Birthdate: September 1, 1795
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Newmill, Scotland
Died: June 1, 1872
 47 
Harry F. Byrd
(Politician, Publisher)
Harry F. Byrd
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Birthdate: June 10, 1887
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Martinsburg, West Virginia, United States
Died: October 20, 1966
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Ishmael Reed
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Birthdate: February 22, 1938
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Chattanooga, Tennessee, United States
 49 
Frank Knox
(Politician)
Frank Knox
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Birthdate: January 1, 1874
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts United States
Died: April 28, 1944
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Walter Annenberg
(Businessman)
Walter Annenberg
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Birthdate: March 13, 1908
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States
Died: October 1, 2002