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
Steve BannonSteve Bannon
American
Jeffrey KatzenbergJeffrey Katzenberg
American

Andrew BreitbartAndrew Breitbart
American

Robert SmallsRobert Smalls
American

Pierre BourdieuPierre Bourdieu
French
Katharine GrahamKatharine Graham
American

Michael HeseltineMichael Heseltine
British, Welsh
Gary GygaxGary Gygax
American

Thurston MooreThurston Moore
American

Ann RuleAnn Rule
American
Steve ForbesSteve Forbes
American

Kevin EastmanKevin Eastman
American
Jim LeeJim Lee
American, South Korean

Alfred A. KnopfAlfred A. Knopf
American

Lawrence FerlinghettiLawrence Ferlinghetti
American
Jerry SiegelJerry Siegel
American
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Frederik PohlFrederik Pohl
American
Richard M. ShermanRichard M. Sherman
American

Marguerite DurasMarguerite Duras
French, Vietnamese

Bennett CerfBennett Cerf
American

Jann WennerJann Wenner
American
Bob GuccioneBob Guccione
American

Alison TylerAlison Tyler
American

Walter AnnenbergWalter Annenberg
American

Irving KristolIrving Kristol
American

Randolph Apperson HearstRandolph Apperson Hearst
American
Will EisnerWill Eisner
American

Henry LuceHenry Luce
American
Ford Madox FordFord Madox Ford
British

Elbert HubbardElbert Hubbard
American

Hugo GernsbackHugo Gernsback
Luxembourgian, American
Caresse CrosbyCaresse Crosby
American

Ramnath GoenkaRamnath Goenka
Indian
Joe SimonJoe Simon
American

William Lyon MackenzieWilliam Lyon Mackenzie
Canadian, American, Scottish

Milton BradleyMilton Bradley
American

Felix DennisFelix Dennis
British

Jim ShooterJim Shooter
American
Alfred HugenbergAlfred Hugenberg
German

Norris McWhirterNorris McWhirter
British

Frank KnoxFrank Knox
American

Richard DesmondRichard Desmond
British
Edward StratemeyerEdward Stratemeyer
American
Ishmael ReedIshmael Reed
American

Charles DarrowCharles Darrow
American

Josephus DanielsJosephus Daniels
American

Henry Jarvis RaymondHenry Jarvis Raymond
American
G. Willow WilsonG. Willow Wilson
American

John Hay WhitneyJohn Hay Whitney
American
William Randolph Hearst, Jr.William Randolph Hearst, Jr.
American

Paul ReuterPaul Reuter
German

Sylvia BeachSylvia Beach
American
Joseph W. Martin Jr.Joseph W. Martin Jr.
American

Gio PontiGio Ponti
Italian
Arthur Hays SulzbergerArthur Hays Sulzberger
American

Carter GlassCarter Glass
American

François CotyFrançois Coty
French
Sanal EdamarukuSanal Edamaruku
Indian

Axel SpringerAxel Springer
German
David AstorDavid Astor
British

Édouard-Léon Scott de MartinvilleÉdouard-Léon Scott de Martinville
French

Harold RossHarold Ross
American

Erik LarsenErik Larsen
American
Frances LearFrances Lear
American

Arthur Ochs SulzbergerArthur Ochs Sulzberger
American

Gail BordenGail Borden
Mexican, American

David GarnettDavid Garnett
British

Allen LaneAllen Lane
British
Henry MayhewHenry Mayhew
British

Harry CrosbyHarry Crosby
American
Nigel NicolsonNigel Nicolson
British

Paul SweezyPaul Sweezy
American

Ephraim ChambersEphraim Chambers
British
Jesse H. JonesJesse H. Jones
American

Thurlow WeedThurlow Weed
American
Frank HarrisFrank Harris
Northern Irish

John Langalibalele DubeJohn Langalibalele Dube
South African
Anant PaiAnant Pai
Indian

Adam OsborneAdam Osborne
American

Henri BourassaHenri Bourassa
Canadian
Eliza HaywoodEliza Haywood
British

Reinhard MohnReinhard Mohn
German
William KnowlandWilliam Knowland
American