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
Jeffrey KatzenbergJeffrey Katzenberg
American
Andrew BreitbartAndrew Breitbart
American

Katharine GrahamKatharine Graham
American

Robert SmallsRobert Smalls
American

Pierre BourdieuPierre Bourdieu
French
Steve ForbesSteve Forbes
American

Gary GygaxGary Gygax
American
Michael HeseltineMichael Heseltine
British, Welsh

Thurston MooreThurston Moore
American

Richard DesmondRichard Desmond
British
Richard M. ShermanRichard M. Sherman
American

Max Aitken, 1st Baron BeaverbrookMax Aitken, 1st Baron Beaverbrook
Canadian, British
Jerry SiegelJerry Siegel
American

Jim LeeJim Lee
American, South Korean

Ann RuleAnn Rule
American
Marguerite DurasMarguerite Duras
French, Vietnamese
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P. B. S. PinchbackP. B. S. Pinchback
American
Bennett CerfBennett Cerf
American

Alfred A. KnopfAlfred A. Knopf
American

Lawrence FerlinghettiLawrence Ferlinghetti
American

Bob GuccioneBob Guccione
American
Kevin EastmanKevin Eastman
American

Malcolm ForbesMalcolm Forbes
American

Josephus DanielsJosephus Daniels
American

Jann WennerJann Wenner
American

Ford Madox FordFord Madox Ford
British
Randolph Apperson HearstRandolph Apperson Hearst
American

Henry LuceHenry Luce
American
Will EisnerWill Eisner
American

Joseph Medill Patterson AlbrightJoseph Medill Patterson Albright
American

Alison TylerAlison Tyler
American
Elbert HubbardElbert Hubbard
American

Walter AnnenbergWalter Annenberg
American
Caresse CrosbyCaresse Crosby
American

Irving KristolIrving Kristol
American

Ishmael ReedIshmael Reed
American

Hugo GernsbackHugo Gernsback
Luxembourgian, American

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

Joe SimonJoe Simon
American

Frederik PohlFrederik Pohl
American

Milton BradleyMilton Bradley
American
Jim ShooterJim Shooter
American
Frank KnoxFrank Knox
American

Alfred HugenbergAlfred Hugenberg
German

Norris McWhirterNorris McWhirter
British

Édouard-Léon Scott de MartinvilleÉdouard-Léon Scott de Martinville
French
Jesse H. JonesJesse H. Jones
American

Felix DennisFelix Dennis
British
Charles DarrowCharles Darrow
American

John Hay WhitneyJohn Hay Whitney
American

Henry Jarvis RaymondHenry Jarvis Raymond
American
Yevgeny YevtushenkoYevgeny Yevtushenko
Russian

Pierre Samuel du Pont de NemoursPierre Samuel du Pont de Nemours
French, American
Edward StratemeyerEdward Stratemeyer
American

Paul ReuterPaul Reuter
German

Arthur Hays SulzbergerArthur Hays Sulzberger
American
Sylvia BeachSylvia Beach
American

Jacques Pierre BrissotJacques Pierre Brissot
French
William Randolph Hearst, Jr.William Randolph Hearst, Jr.
American

Adam OsborneAdam Osborne
American

G. Willow WilsonG. Willow Wilson
American

Erik LarsenErik Larsen
American
François CotyFrançois Coty
French

Arthur Ochs SulzbergerArthur Ochs Sulzberger
American

Jonathan CapeJonathan Cape
British

Nigel NicolsonNigel Nicolson
British

Alain SoralAlain Soral
Swiss, French
Axel SpringerAxel Springer
German

David GarnettDavid Garnett
British
Frank HarrisFrank Harris
Northern Irish

Gio PontiGio Ponti
Italian

Roberto CalassoRoberto Calasso
Italian
Carter GlassCarter Glass
American

William GainesWilliam Gaines
American
John Langalibalele DubeJohn Langalibalele Dube
South African

Mackenzie BowellMackenzie Bowell
Canadian, British
Paul SweezyPaul Sweezy
American

Harry CrosbyHarry Crosby
American

David AstorDavid Astor
British
Joseph W. Martin Jr.Joseph W. Martin Jr.
American

Detto MarianoDetto Mariano
Italian
Thurlow WeedThurlow Weed
American