Publishers

Publishers are the individuals traditionally engaged in the business of publishing of books, periodicals, and engravings, while in the modern sense the term also refers to the ones who publish computer software. They are usually the owners or the business head of a newspaper organization or publishing house. Publishers work to release books, novels, magazines, newspapers, textbooks and other printed works to the public. Publishing has a long history—Babylonian clay tablet, the Egyptian papyrus roll, and the medieval vellum codex have all served as publishing media at some points in history. The Sumerians, the Egyptians, and the Chinese were also known to produce books on an extensive scale. In more recent history, William Collins, a 19th century Scottish publisher produced the first Collins English Dictionary and founded William Collins, Sons, now part of HarperCollins. American publisher Bennett Alfred Cerf co-founded the publishing firm Random house along with Donald Simon Klopfer. Also counted amongst the best known publishers of the 20th century, Richard Simon and Max Schuster were the ones to publish the first book of crossword puzzles. Browse on to learn more about the life and works of famous publishers from all over the world.
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 1 Jared Kushner

Jared Kushner
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Famous As: Senior Advisor to the President of the United States
Birthdate: January 10, 1981
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American

Married to Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner is a senior advisor to his father-in-law and US President, Donald Trump. This has led to concerns about nepotism and conflicts of interest. His proximity with Russian officials came under scrutiny during a federal investigation regarding Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential elections. Jared Kushner is also an investor, real estate developer and newspaper publisher.

 2 Rupert Murdoch

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Famous As: Media Mogul
Birthdate: March 11, 1931
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American

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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 3 Stan Lee

Stan Lee
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Famous As: Creator of Daredevil, Fantastic Four, Hulk, Iron Man, Spider-Man, Thor, X-Men
Birthdate: December 28, 1922
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American
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.

 4 Frederick Douglass

Frederick Douglass
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Famous As: American orator
Birthdate: February 1, 1818
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American
Died: February 20, 1895

Social reformer and abolitionist, Frederick Douglass was a national leader of the abolitionist movement in Massachusetts and New York. Born into slavery, he had a difficult early life. Eventually, he managed to escape and dedicated the rest of his life to promoting the cause of abolition. He was a great orator and writer.

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 5 Martha Stewart

Martha Stewart
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Famous As: Businesswoman
Birthdate: August 3, 1941
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

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.

 6 William Randolph Hearst

William Randolph Hearst
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Famous As: Newspaper Baron
Birthdate: April 29, 1863
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American
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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 7 Hugh Hefner

Hugh Hefner
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Famous As: Founder of Playboy Magazine
Birthdate: April 9, 1926
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American
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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 8 Mary Ann Shadd

Mary Ann Shadd Cary
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Famous As: Activist
Birthdate: October 9, 1823
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Canadian, American
Died: June 5, 1893
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 9 Jeffrey Katzenberg

Jeffrey Katzenberg
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Famous As: Businessman
Birthdate: December 21, 1950
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

 10 Larry Flynt

Larry Flynt
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Birthdate: November 1, 1942
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American
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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 11 John W. Henry

John W. Henry
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Famous As: Businessman
Birthdate: September 13, 1949
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

 12 Peaches Geldof

Peaches Geldof
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Famous As: English columnist
Birthdate: March 13, 1989
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: British
Died: April 7, 2014
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 13 Charlotta Spears Bass

Charlotta Spears Bass
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Famous As: Editor and activist
Birthdate: February 14, 1874
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American
Died: April 12, 1969

 14 Pierre Bourdieu

Pierre Bourdieu
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Famous As: Philosopher, Sociologist, Anthropologist, Publisher, Essayist, Writer, Professor
Birthdate: August 1, 1930
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: French
Died: January 23, 2002
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 15 Steve Forbes

Steve Forbes
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Famous As: politician, publisher, journalist
Birthdate: July 18, 1947
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

 16 Katharine Graham

Katharine Graham
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Famous As: Publisher
Birthdate: June 16, 1917
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American
Died: July 17, 2001

 17 Henry Jarvis Raymond

Henry Jarvis Raymond
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: January 24, 1820
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American
Died: June 18, 1869

 18 Joseph Pulitzer

Joseph Pulitzer
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Famous As: Journalist & Publisher
Birthdate: April 10, 1847
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Hungarian
Died: October 29, 1911

 19 Porter Stansberry

Porter Stansberry
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: February 2, 1970
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American

 20 Caspar Weinberger

Caspar Weinberger
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: August 18, 1917
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American
Died: March 28, 2006

 21 Ann Rule

Ann Rule
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: October 22, 1935
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American
Died: July 26, 2015

 22 Louise L. Hay

Louise L. Hay
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: October 8, 1926
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American
Died: August 30, 2017

 23 Jerry Siegel

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

 24 Caresse Crosby

Caresse Crosby
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Famous As: Publisher, Writer, Socialite, Poet, Memoirist, Journalist
Birthdate: April 20, 1891
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American
Died: January 26, 1970

 25 Bennett Cerf

Bennett Cerf
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Famous As: Publisher
Birthdate: May 25, 1898
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American
Died: August 27, 1971

 26 Richard Elfman

Richard Elfman
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: March 6, 1949
Sun Sign: Pisces
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 27 Marguerite Duras

Marguerite Duras
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Famous As: Writer, Film director, Screenwriter, Publisher, Novelist, Playwright, Autobiographer, Journalist, Poet lawyer, Feminist
Birthdate: April 4, 1914
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: French, Vietnamese
Died: March 3, 1996

 28 Jeff Vandermeer

Jeff Vandermeer
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: July 7, 1968
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

 29 Robert Bernard Sherman

Robert Bernard Sherman
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Famous As: Songwriter
Birthdate: December 19, 1925
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American
Died: March 6, 2012

 30 Richard M. Sherman

Richard M. Sherman
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Famous As: Songwriters
Birthdate: June 12, 1928
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

 31 Kevin Eastman

Kevin Eastman
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Famous As: Comics artist, Publisher, Screenwriter
Birthdate: May 30, 1962
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

 32 Bob Guccione

Bob Guccione
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Famous As: Photographer, Film producer, Screenwriter
Birthdate: December 17, 1930
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American
Died: October 20, 2010

 33 Max Aitken, 1st Baron Beaverbrook

Max Aitken, 1st Baron Beaverbrook
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Famous As: Newspaper publisher
Birthdate: May 25, 1879
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Canadian, British
Died: June 9, 1964

 34 Jim Lee

Jim Lee
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Famous As: Comics artist, Publisher, Blogger, Writer, Artist, Cartoonist, Visual artist
Birthdate: August 11, 1964
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American, South Korean

 35 John Stagliano

John Stagliano
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Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: November 29, 1951
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

 36 Randolph Apperson Hearst

Randolph Apperson Hearst
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Famous As: Business People
Birthdate: December 2, 1915
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American
Died: December 18, 2000

 37 Lawrence Ferlinghetti

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

 38 Malcolm Forbes

Malcolm Forbes
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Famous As: Businessperson
Birthdate: August 19, 1919
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American
Died: February 24, 1990

 39 P. B. S. Pinchback

P. B. S. Pinchback
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: May 10, 1837
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American
Died: December 21, 1921

 40 Jann Wenner

Jann Wenner
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Famous As: Publisher
Birthdate: January 7, 1946
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American

 41 Ford Madox Ford

Ford Madox Ford
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: December 17, 1873
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: British
Died: June 26, 1939

 42 Alison Tyler

Alison Tyler
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: 1969 AD
Nationality: American

 43 Siegfried Unseld

Siegfried Unseld
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Famous As: Publisher
Birthdate: September 28, 1924
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: German
Died: October 26, 2002

 44 Carter Woodson

Carter Woodson
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Famous As: Historian
Birthdate: December 19, 1875
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American
Died: April 3, 1950

 45 Will Eisner

Will Eisner
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Famous As: Cartoonist
Birthdate: March 16, 1917
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American
Died: January 3, 2005

 46 William Lyon Mackenzie

William Lyon Mackenzie
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: March 12, 1795
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Canadian, American, Scottish
Died: August 28, 1861

 47 Joe Simon

Joe Simon
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: October 11, 1913
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American
Died: December 14, 2011

 48 Henry Luce

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

 49 Phil Graham

Phil Graham
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Famous As: Publisher
Birthdate: July 18, 1915
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American
Died: August 3, 1963

 50 Irving Kristol

Irving Kristol
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: January 22, 1920
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American
Died: September 18, 2009
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