List of Famous Publishers People

List of Famous Publishers

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List of famous publishers, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top publishers in the world? This includes the most prominent publishers, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable publishers is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic publishers were born and what their nationality is. The people on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned publishers.

Items include everything from Martha Stewart to Orville Wright.

From reputable, prominent, and well known publishers to the lesser known publishers of today, these are some of the best professionals in the publisher field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous publishers ever?" and "What are the names of famous publishers?" then you're in the right place. (746 items)


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    Hugh Marston Hefner is an American adult magazine publisher, businessman, and a well-known playboy. This Chicago, Illinois native is a former journalist for Esquire and World War II veteran but is best known for being the founder and chief creative officer of Playboy Enterprises. A self-made ...more

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    • Age: age 89
    • Birthplace: USA, Chicago, Illinois
    • Profession: Editor, Publisher, Businessperson, Journalist, Entrepreneur, + more
    • Credits: History of the World, Part I, Hop, Miss March, The Girls Next Door, + more
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    Martha Stewart
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    Martha Helen Stewart is an American businesswoman, writer, and television personality. As founder of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, she has gained success through a variety of business ventures, encompassing publishing, broadcasting, merchandising, and electronic commerce. She has written numerous ...more

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    • Age: age 74
    • Birthplace: USA, New Jersey, Jersey City
    • Profession: Business magnate, Publisher, Television producer, Stock broker, Author, + more
    • Credits: Men in Black II, What Women Want, Seed of Chucky, Big Trouble, The Great Buck Howard, + more
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    Stan Lee is an American comic book writer, editor, publisher, media producer, television host, actor, and former president and chairman of Marvel Comics. In collaboration with several artists, most notably Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko, he co-created Spider-Man, the Hulk, the Fantastic Four, Iron Man, ...more

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    • Age: age 93
    • Birthplace: Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Comic book creator, Editor, Television Show Host, Publisher, Business executive, + more
    • Credits: The Avengers, Iron Man, Spider-Man, Iron Man 3, Spider-Man 2, + more
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    Crispin Glover
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    Crispin Hellion Glover is an American film actor, director, screenwriter, recording artist, publisher, and author. Glover is known for portraying eccentric people on screen such as George McFly in Back to the Future, Layne in River's Edge, unfriendly recluse Rubin Farr in Rubin and Ed, Andy Warhol in ...more

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    • Age: age 51
    • Birthplace: New York City, USA, New York
    • Profession: Publisher, Screenwriter, Author, Actor, Music artist, + more
    • Credits: Back to the Future, Alice in Wonderland, Back to the Future Part II, What's Eating Gilbert Grape, Hot Tub Time Machine, + more
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    Andrew Breitbart
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    Andrew James Breitbart was an American conservative publisher, commentator for The Washington Times, author, and occasional guest commentator on various news programs, who served as an editor for the Drudge Report website. He was a researcher for Arianna Huffington, during which time he played a central ...more

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    • Age: Died at 43 (1969-2012)
    • Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States of America
    • Profession: Editor, Commentator, Publisher, Journalist, Entrepreneur, + more
    • Credits: Michael Moore Hates America
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    Frederick Douglass
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    Frederick Douglass was an African-American social reformer, orator, abolitionist, writer, and statesman. After escaping from slavery, he became a leader of the abolitionist movement, gaining note for his dazzling oratory and incisive antislavery writing. He stood as a living counter-example to ...more

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    • Birthplace: Maryland, United States of America
    • Profession: Statesman, Publisher, Orator, Author, Writer
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    William Randolph Hearst
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    William Randolph Hearst was an American newspaper publisher who built the nation's largest newspaper chain and whose methods profoundly influenced American journalism. Hearst entered the publishing business in 1887 after taking control of The San Francisco Examiner from his father. Moving to New York ...more

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    • Age: Died at 88 (1863-1951)
    • Birthplace: California, United States of America
    • Profession: Publisher, Politician, Film Producer
    • Credits: White Shadows in the South Seas, The Flaming Forest, Gabriel Over the White House, Adam and Eva, The Patsy, + more
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    Larry Claxton Flynt, Jr. is an American publisher and the president of Larry Flynt Publications. In 2003, Arena magazine listed him at No. 1 on the "50 Powerful People in Porn" list. LFP mainly produces sexually graphic videos and magazines, most notably Hustler. Flynt has fought several prominent legal ...more

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    • Age: age 73
    • Birthplace: Kentucky, USA
    • Profession: Publisher, Businessperson, Film Producer
    • Credits: The People vs. Larry Flynt, Wadd: The Life & Times of John C. Holmes, Who's Nailin' Paylin?, Snoop Dogg's Doggystyle, Sex: The Revolution, + more
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    Orville Wright
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    • Age: Died at 77 (1871-1948)
    • Birthplace: Dayton, Ohio, United States of America
    • Profession: Publisher, Pilot trainer, Inventor, Printer, Aircraft designer
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    Markos Moulitsas
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    Markos Moulitsas Zúniga, often known by his username and former military nickname "Kos", is the founder and publisher of Daily Kos, a blog focusing on liberal and Democratic Party politics in the United States. He co-founded SB Nation, a collection of sports blogs, which is now a part of Vox Media. He ...more

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    • Age: age 44
    • Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States of America
    • Profession: Publisher, Political writer, Author, Political Activist, Political Consultant
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    Wilbur Wright
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    Wilbur Wright (April 16, 1867 – May 30, 1912) was the older of the two Wright brothers (the other being Orville), two Americans credited with inventing and building the world's first successful airplane and making the first controlled, powered and sustained heavier-than-air human flight, on December 17, ...more

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    • Age: Died at 45 (1867-1912)
    • Birthplace: Millville, Liberty Township, Indiana, United States of America
    • Profession: Publisher, Pilot trainer, Inventor, Printer, Aircraft designer
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    Robert Maxwell
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    Ian Robert Maxwell, MC was a Czechoslovakian-born British media proprietor and Member of Parliament. He rose from poverty to build an extensive publishing empire. His death revealed huge discrepancies in his companies' finances, including the Mirror Group pension fund, which Maxwell had fraudulently ...more

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    • Age: Died at 68 (1923-1991)
    • Birthplace: Solotvyno, Ukraine
    • Profession: Publisher, Media proprietor
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    Carlton Douglas Ridenhour, better known by his stage name Chuck D, is an American rapper, author, and producer. He helped create politically and socially conscious rap music in the mid-1980s as the leader of the rap group Public Enemy. About.com ranked him #9 on their list of the Top 50 MCs of Our Time, ...more

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    • Age: age 55
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Film Score Composer, Publisher, Record producer, Rapper, Musician, + more
    • Credits: Wake Up, Ron Burgundy: The Lost Movie, An Alan Smithee Film: Burn Hollywood Burn, On the Shoulders of Giants, Chuck D's Hip Hop Hall of Fame, + more
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    Malcolm Stevenson Forbes was an American entrepreneur most prominently known as the publisher of Forbes magazine, founded by his father B. C. Forbes. He was known as an avid promoter of capitalism and free market trade, and for an extravagant lifestyle, spending on parties, travel, and his collection of ...more

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    • Age: Died at 71 (1919-1990)
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Publisher, Businessperson, Politician, Soldier
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    Dan DiDio
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    Dan DiDio is an American writer, editor, and publisher who has worked in the television and comic book industries. He is currently the Co-Publisher of DC Comics, along with Jim Lee. Wizard magazine recognized him as its first ever "Man of the Year" in 2003 for his work on the DC Universe line.more

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    • Age: age 56
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Editor, Publisher, Screenwriter, Writer
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    Wallace Thurman
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    Wallace Henry Thurman was an American novelist active during the Harlem Renaissance. He also wrote essays, worked as an editor, and was a publisher of short-lived newspapers and literary journals. He is best known for his novel The Blacker the Berry: A Novel of Negro Life, which explores discrimination ...more

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    • Age: Died at 32 (1902-1934)
    • Birthplace: Salt Lake City, Utah, United States of America
    • Profession: Editor, Publisher, Novelist, Screenwriter, Essayist, + more
    • Credits: Tomorrow's Children
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    Marcus Garvey
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    Marcus Mosiah Garvey, Jr., ONH, was a Jamaican political leader, publisher, journalist, entrepreneur, and orator who was a staunch proponent of the Black Nationalism and Pan-Africanism movements, to which end he founded the Universal Negro Improvement Association and African Communities League. He ...more

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    • Age: Died at 53 (1887-1940)
    • Birthplace: Saint Ann Parish, Jamaica
    • Profession: Publisher, Journalist, Writer
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    Drew Curtis is the founder and an administrator of Fark.com, an Internet news aggregator. He is also the author of It's Not News, It's FARK: How Mass Media Tries to Pass off Crap as News in May 2007. He is a guest on WOCM's morning show The Rude Awakening Show every Tuesday.more

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    • Age: age 42
    • Birthplace: Lexington, Kentucky, United States of America
    • Profession: Publisher, Actor
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    Pierre de Beaumarchais
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    Pierre-Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais was a French playwright, watchmaker, inventor, musician, diplomat, fugitive, spy, publisher, horticulturalist, arms dealer, satirist, financier, and revolutionary. Born a provincial watchmaker's son, Beaumarchais rose in French society and became influential in the ...more

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    • Age: Died at 67 (1732-1799)
    • Birthplace: Paris, France
    • Profession: Publisher, Politician, Diplomat, Watchmaker, Musician, + more
    • Credits: The Crazy Day or The Marriage of Figaro, Le Barbier de Séville, The Barber of Seville
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    Dasari Narayana Rao, is an Indian film director known for his works predominantly in Telugu cinema, and few Bollywood films. He has directed about 150 films, produced 53 films and worked in more than 250 films as a dialogue writer, and lyricist. Most of his films emphasise social injustice, corruption ...more

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    • Age: age 71
    • Birthplace: Palakollu, India
    • Profession: Magazine editor, Publisher, Politician, Journalist, Film Producer, + more
    • Credits: Ninaithale Inikkum, Vazhvey Maayam, Swarg Narak, Asha Jyoti, Meghasandesam, + more

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