List of famous publishers with their biographies that include trivia, interesting facts, timeline and life history.

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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.

Stan Lee Stan Lee
American
Hugh Hefner Hugh Hefner
American

Larry Flynt Larry Flynt
American

Robert MaxwellRobert Maxwell
British
Andrew BreitbartAndrew Breitbart
American
Robert SmallsRobert Smalls
American

Jeffrey KatzenbergJeffrey Katzenberg
American

Katharine GrahamKatharine Graham
American

Aenne BurdaAenne Burda
German
Richard DesmondRichard Desmond
British

Pierre BourdieuPierre Bourdieu
French
Steve ForbesSteve Forbes
American

Michael HeseltineMichael Heseltine
British, Welsh

Thurston MooreThurston Moore
American
Ann RuleAnn Rule
American

P. B. S. PinchbackP. B. S. Pinchback
American
Richard M. ShermanRichard M. Sherman
American

Jim LeeJim Lee
American, South Korean

Marguerite DurasMarguerite Duras
French, Vietnamese
Ishmael ReedIshmael Reed
American
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Bennett CerfBennett Cerf
American
Max Aitken, 1st Baron BeaverbrookMax Aitken, 1st Baron Beaverbrook
Canadian, British

Jerry SiegelJerry Siegel
American

Bob GuccioneBob Guccione
American

Josephus DanielsJosephus Daniels
American
Kevin EastmanKevin Eastman
American

Malcolm ForbesMalcolm Forbes
American

Alfred A. KnopfAlfred A. Knopf
American

Jann WennerJann Wenner
American

Lawrence FerlinghettiLawrence Ferlinghetti
American
Caresse CrosbyCaresse Crosby
American

Randolph Apperson HearstRandolph Apperson Hearst
American
Will EisnerWill Eisner
American

Ford Madox FordFord Madox Ford
British

Alison TylerAlison Tyler
American
Irving KristolIrving Kristol
American

Elbert HubbardElbert Hubbard
American
Walter AnnenbergWalter Annenberg
American

Hugo GernsbackHugo Gernsback
Luxembourgian, American

Henry LuceHenry Luce
American

Henry Jarvis RaymondHenry Jarvis Raymond
American

William Lyon MackenzieWilliam Lyon Mackenzie
Canadian, American, Scottish
Ramnath GoenkaRamnath Goenka
Indian

Frederik PohlFrederik Pohl
American

Joe SimonJoe Simon
American

Alfred HugenbergAlfred Hugenberg
German
Frank KnoxFrank Knox
American
William Randolph Hearst, Jr.William Randolph Hearst, Jr.
American

Joseph Medill Patterson AlbrightJoseph Medill Patterson Albright
American

Pierre Samuel du Pont de NemoursPierre Samuel du Pont de Nemours
French, American

G. Willow WilsonG. Willow Wilson
American
Jim ShooterJim Shooter
American

Milton BradleyMilton Bradley
American
Felix DennisFelix Dennis
British

John Hay WhitneyJohn Hay Whitney
American

Arthur Hays SulzbergerArthur Hays Sulzberger
American
Frances LearFrances Lear
American

Jacques Pierre BrissotJacques Pierre Brissot
French
Charles DarrowCharles Darrow
American

Yevgeny YevtushenkoYevgeny Yevtushenko
Russian

Adam OsborneAdam Osborne
American
Arthur Ochs SulzbergerArthur Ochs Sulzberger
American

Sylvia BeachSylvia Beach
American
Alain SoralAlain Soral
Swiss, French

David GarnettDavid Garnett
British

Axel SpringerAxel Springer
German

Mary Katherine GoddardMary Katherine Goddard
American
Edward StratemeyerEdward Stratemeyer
American

Erik LarsenErik Larsen
American

Harry CrosbyHarry Crosby
American

Carter GlassCarter Glass
American

Pierre VallièresPierre Vallières
Canadian
Jonathan CapeJonathan Cape
British

François CotyFrançois Coty
French
Carmine InfantinoCarmine Infantino
American

Ned BuntlineNed Buntline
American

Joseph W. Martin Jr.Joseph W. Martin Jr.
American
Nigel NicolsonNigel Nicolson
British

Mackenzie BowellMackenzie Bowell
Canadian, British
Frank HarrisFrank Harris
Northern Irish

William GainesWilliam Gaines
American
Paul SweezyPaul Sweezy
American

John Langalibalele DubeJohn Langalibalele Dube
South African

Thurlow WeedThurlow Weed
American
Mary Ann Shadd CaryMary Ann Shadd
Canadian, American

Gio PontiGio Ponti
Italian
Roberto CalassoRoberto Calasso
Italian