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

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

Gary GygaxGary Gygax
American

Jeffrey KatzenbergJeffrey Katzenberg
American

Pierre BourdieuPierre Bourdieu
French

Jim LeeJim Lee
American, South Korean
Louise HayLouise Hay
American

Steve ForbesSteve Forbes
American

Robert KirkmanRobert Kirkman
American

Horace GreeleyHorace Greeley
American
Jerry SiegelJerry Siegel
American

Lawrence FerlinghettiLawrence Ferlinghetti
American
Marguerite DurasMarguerite Duras
French, Vietnamese

Bob GuccioneBob Guccione
American

Alfred A. KnopfAlfred A. Knopf
American
Joe SimonJoe Simon
American

Scott SnyderScott Snyder
American
Kevin EastmanKevin Eastman
American

Elbert HubbardElbert Hubbard
American

Henry LuceHenry Luce
American
Walter AnnenbergWalter Annenberg
American

Caresse CrosbyCaresse Crosby
American
G. Willow WilsonG. Willow Wilson
American

Milton BradleyMilton Bradley
American

Norris McWhirterNorris McWhirter
British

Jim ShooterJim Shooter
American
Alfred HugenbergAlfred Hugenberg
German
Richard DesmondRichard Desmond
British

Alain SoralAlain Soral
Swiss, French

Charles DarrowCharles Darrow
American

Paul ReuterPaul Reuter
German
Erik LarsenErik Larsen
American

Adam OsborneAdam Osborne
American

Sanal EdamarukuSanal Edamaruku
Indian

Lynn VarleyLynn Varley
American

Monteiro LobatoMonteiro Lobato
Brazilian
James Thomas FieldsJames Thomas Fields
American

Jōsei TodaJōsei Toda
Japanese
Josephine St. Pierre RuffinJosephine St. Pierre Ruffin
American

Edward CaveEdward Cave
Kosovar

Dwight Lyman MoodyDwight Lyman Moody
American
George Arthur PlimptonGeorge Arthur Plimpton
American

Malcolm Stevenson ForbesMalcolm Stevenson Forbes
American
İlhan Erdostİlhan Erdost
Turkish

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

Franklin P. JonesFranklin P. Jones
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Marcus Mosiah Garvey, JrMarcus Mosiah Garvey, Jr
Jamaican, British