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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. {#nodes}
  • Hugh Hefner
    Hugh Marston Hefner (April 9, 1926 – September 27, 2017) was an American magazine publisher,...  more

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  • Martha Stewart
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  • Stan Lee
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  • Crispin Glover
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  • Andrew Breitbart
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  • Frederick Douglass
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  • William Randolph Hearst
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  • Larry Flynt
    Larry Claxton Flynt Jr. (November 1, 1942 – February 10, 2021) was an American publisher and...  more

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  • Orville Wright

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  • Wilbur Wright
    Wilbur Wright (April 16, 1867 – May 30, 1912) was the older of the two Wright brothers (the...  more
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  • Malcolm Forbes
    Malcolm Stevenson Forbes (August 19, 1919 – February 24, 1990) was an American entrepreneur...  more
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    Dan DiDio (; born October 13, 1959) is an American writer, editor, and publisher who has...  more
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    Wallace Henry Thurman (August 16, 1902 - December 22, 1934) was an American novelist active...  more
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    Marcus Mosiah Garvey Jr. ONH (17 August 1887 – 10 June 1940) was a Jamaican political...  more
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  • Pierre de Beaumarchais
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    José Bento Renato Monteiro Lobato (April 18, 1882 – July 4, 1948) was one of Brazil's most...  more
  • Joseph Pulitzer
    Joseph John Pulitzer ( PUUL-it-sər; Hungarian: [ˈpulit͡sɛr]; born József Pulitzer; April 10,...  more
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