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 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.

 2 Julian Assange

Julian Assange
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Famous As: Computer programmer
Birthdate: July 3, 1971
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Australian, Ecuadorian

Julian Assange made headlines all over the world in 2010 when WikiLeaks, a non-profit organization founded by him, gained international attention after publishing leaks, such as the Afghanistan war logs and Iraq war logs. After dodging arrest for several years, he was finally arrested in 2019 and is currently imprisoned in HM Prison Belmarsh.

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 3 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.

 4 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.

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 5 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.

 6 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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 7 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
Peaches Geldof, daughter of singer Bob Geldof and TV presenter Paula Yates, wrote for publications such as Elle Girl and The Guardian. She later presented her own TV shows, such as Peaches Geldof: Teen America, and modeled. Geldof was a Scientologist. She died of a heroin overdose at age 25.
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 8 Katharine Graham

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

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

 10 Jeffrey Katzenberg

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

 11 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

 12 Steve Forbes

Steve Forbes
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Famous As: politician, publisher, journalist
Birthdate: July 18, 1947
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American
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 13 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

Joseph Pulitzer was a newspaper publisher who became a national figure in the Democratic Party after crusading against corruption and big business. Pulitzer is also credited with founding the Columbia School of Journalism. The world-renowned Pulitzer Prizes, which are awarded annually to reward excellence in various fields, are named in his honor.

 14 Alison Tyler

Alison Tyler
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: 1969 AD
Nationality: American
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 15 Carter Woodson

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

 16 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

 17 John Stagliano

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

 18 Jeff Vandermeer

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

 19 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

 20 Jann Wenner

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

 21 Bennett Cerf

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

 22 Phil Graham

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

 23 Caspar Weinberger

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

 24 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

 25 Richard M. Sherman

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

 26 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.

 27 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

 28 Porter Stansberry

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

 29 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

 30 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

 31 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

 32 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.

 33 Kevin Eastman

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

 34 Malcolm Forbes

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

 35 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

 36 Richard Elfman

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

 37 Will Eisner

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

 38 Ernst Zundel

Ernst Zundel
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Famous As: Publisher
Birthdate: April 24, 1939
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: German
Died: August 5, 2017

 39 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

 40 Elbert Hubbard

Elbert Hubbard
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Famous As: Journalist, Philosopher, Publisher, Writer
Birthdate: June 19, 1856
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American
Died: May 7, 1915

 41 Mary Ann Shadd

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Famous As: Activist
Birthdate: October 9, 1823
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Canadian, American
Died: June 5, 1893

 42 Hugo Gernsback

Hugo Gernsback
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Famous As: Inventor
Birthdate: August 16, 1884
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Luxembourgian, American
Died: August 19, 1967

 43 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

 44 Chris Anderson

Chris Anderson
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Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: 1957 AD
Nationality: British

 45 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

 46 Iain Dale

Iain Dale
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Famous As: Broadcaster
Birthdate: July 15, 1962
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: British

 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 Richard Desmond

Richard Desmond
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Famous As: Publisher, Autobiographer, Businessperson
Birthdate: December 8, 1951
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: British

 49 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

 50 Ramnath Goenka

Ramnath Goenka
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: April 22, 1904
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Indian
Died: October 5, 1991
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