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

Michael HeseltineMichael Heseltine
British, Welsh

Jeffrey KatzenbergJeffrey Katzenberg
American
Pierre BourdieuPierre Bourdieu
French

Gary GygaxGary Gygax
American

Thurston MooreThurston Moore
American

Katharine GrahamKatharine Graham
American
Jim LeeJim Lee
American, South Korean

Ann RuleAnn Rule
American
Steve ForbesSteve Forbes
American

Horace GreeleyHorace Greeley
American

Robert KirkmanRobert Kirkman
American
Jerry SiegelJerry Siegel
American

Marguerite DurasMarguerite Duras
French, Vietnamese
Jann WennerJann Wenner
American

Richard M. ShermanRichard M. Sherman
American

Bennett CerfBennett Cerf
American
Alfred A. KnopfAlfred A. Knopf
American
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Bob GuccioneBob Guccione
American
Lawrence FerlinghettiLawrence Ferlinghetti
American

Scott SnyderScott Snyder
American

Alison TylerAlison Tyler
American

Kevin EastmanKevin Eastman
American
Hugo GernsbackHugo Gernsback
Luxembourgian, American
Elbert HubbardElbert Hubbard
American

Henry LuceHenry Luce
American

Joe SimonJoe Simon
American

Walter AnnenbergWalter Annenberg
American
Irving KristolIrving Kristol
American

Richard DesmondRichard Desmond
British

Caresse CrosbyCaresse Crosby
American

G. Willow WilsonG. Willow Wilson
American

Norris McWhirterNorris McWhirter
British
Jim ShooterJim Shooter
American

Charles DarrowCharles Darrow
American
Milton BradleyMilton Bradley
American

Alfred HugenbergAlfred Hugenberg
German

Paul ReuterPaul Reuter
German
Adam OsborneAdam Osborne
American

Erik LarsenErik Larsen
American
Alain SoralAlain Soral
Swiss, French

Lynn VarleyLynn Varley
American

Sanal EdamarukuSanal Edamaruku
Indian

Monteiro LobatoMonteiro Lobato
Brazilian

James Thomas FieldsJames Thomas Fields
American
Jōsei TodaJōsei Toda
Japanese

Josephine St. Pierre RuffinJosephine St. Pierre Ruffin
American

Chris AndersonChris Anderson
British

Edward CaveEdward Cave
Kosovar
Dwight Lyman MoodyDwight Lyman Moody
American

Malcolm Stevenson ForbesMalcolm Stevenson Forbes
American
George Arthur PlimptonGeorge Arthur Plimpton
American

Jeff VandermeerJeff Vandermeer
American

Ernst ZundelErnst Zundel
German
İlhan Erdostİlhan Erdost
Turkish

Louise L. HayLouise L. Hay
American
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