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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)

Hugh Hefner is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Publishers
Hugh Marston Hefner is an American magazine publisher, businessman, and a well-known playboy. This Chicago, Illinois native is a former journalist for Esquire and WWII veteran but is best known ...more

Martha Stewart is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Publishers
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 ...more

Stan Lee is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Publishers
Stan Lee was 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, ...more

Crispin Glover is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Publishers
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 ...more

Andrew Breitbart is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Publishers
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 ...more

Frederick Douglass is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Publishers
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 ...more

William Randolph Hearst is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Publishers
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 ...more

Larry Flynt is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Publishers
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. ...more

Orville Wright is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Publishers

Markos Moulitsas is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Publishers
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 ...more

Wilbur Wright is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Publishers
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 ...more

Robert Maxwell is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Publishers
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 ...more

Chuck D is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Publishers
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 ...more

Malcolm Forbes is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Publishers
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 ...more

Dan DiDio is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Publishers
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 ...more

Wallace Thurman is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Publishers
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 ...more

Marcus Garvey is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Publishers
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 ...more

Drew Curtis is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Publishers
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 ...more

Pierre de Beaumarchais is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Publishers
Pierre-Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais was a French playwright, watchmaker, inventor, musician, diplomat, fugitive, spy, publisher, horticulturalist, arms dealer, satirist, financier, and ...more

Dasari Narayana Rao is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Publishers
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 ...more

Monteiro Lobato is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Publishers
Monteiro Lobato is a novelist, writer, journalist, and publisher.

Joseph Pulitzer is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Publishers
Joseph Pulitzer, born Pulitzer József, was a Hungarian-born American newspaper publisher of the St. Louis Post Dispatch and the New York World. Pulitzer introduced the techniques of ...more

Howard Roffman is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Publishers
Howard Roffman is an American lawyer and marketing executive, best known for his work on the Star Wars franchise as the head of Licensing at Lucasfilm. He is also a photographer, known for a ...more

Jim Lee is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Publishers
Jim Lee is a Korean American comic book artist, writer, editor, and publisher. He entered the industry in 1987 as an artist for Marvel Comics, illustrating titles such as Alpha Flight and The ...more

Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Publishers
Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar CIE, born Ishwar Chandra Bandopadhyay, was an Indian Bengali polymath and a key figure of the Bengal Renaissance. He was a philosopher, academic educator, writer, ...more

Aberjhani is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list List of Famous Publishers
Born in the United States, Aberjhani was educated at several American colleges according to his posted CVs and served in the U.S. Air Force and Reserves for almost a decade. His writing career ...more

Georges Clémenceau is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list List of Famous Publishers
Georges Benjamin Clemenceau was a French statesman who led the nation in the First World War. A leader of the Radical Party, he played a central role in politics during the Third Republic. ...more

John H. Johnson is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list List of Famous Publishers
John Harold Johnson was an American businessman and publisher. He was the founder of the Johnson Publishing Company. In 1982, he became the first African American to appear on the Forbes 400.

Al Goldstein is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list List of Famous Publishers
Alvin "Al" Goldstein was an American pornographer. He was described as "a cartoonishly vituperative amalgam of borscht belt comic, free-range social critic and sex-obsessed loser ...more

Jann Wenner is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list List of Famous Publishers
Jann Simon Wenner is the co-founder and publisher of the popular culture biweekly Rolling Stone, as well as the current owner of Men's Journal and Us Weekly magazines.

Steve Forbes is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list List of Famous Publishers
Malcolm Stevenson "Steve" Forbes, Jr. is an American publishing executive who was twice a candidate for the nomination of the Republican Party for president. He is the editor-in-chief ...more

Mark Lund is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list List of Famous Publishers
Mark Ashton Lund is a writer, publisher, and television analyst who covers figure skating. He is also a film producer. He is the author of Frozen Assets, and was formerly the publisher of ...more

Jack T. Chick is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list List of Famous Publishers
Jack Thomas Chick is an American publisher, writer, and comic book artist of evangelical fundamentalist Christian tracts and comic books. His comics have been described by Los Angeles magazine ...more

Julius Streicher is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list List of Famous Publishers
Julius Streicher was a prominent Nazi prior to World War II. He was the founder and publisher of Der Stürmer newspaper, which became a central element of the Nazi propaganda machine. His ...more

Mortimer Zuckerman is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list List of Famous Publishers
Mortimer Benjamin "Mort" Zuckerman is a Canadian-born American media proprietor, magazine editor, and investor. He is the co-founder, executive chairman and former CEO of Boston ...more

Marcel Schlutt is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list List of Famous Publishers
Marcel Schlutt is a German fashion model, photographer and columnist. He came to prominence as a television presenter and adult-film actor in gay pornography in the early 2000s.

Yuri Galanskov is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list List of Famous Publishers
Yuri Timofeyevich Galanskov Russian: Юрий Тимофеевич Галансков was a Russian poet, historian, human rights activist and dissident. For his political activities, such as founding and editing ...more

Richard Elfman is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list List of Famous Publishers
Richard "Rick" Elfman, is an American film actor, director, producer, screenwriter, author, and magazine publisher. He is the son of novelist Blossom Elfman and the brother of composer

Frank Steunenberg is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list List of Famous Publishers
Frank Steunenberg was the fourth Governor of the State of Idaho, serving from 1897 until 1901. He is perhaps best known for his 1905 assassination by one-time union member Harry Orchard, who was ...more

Althea Flynt is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list List of Famous Publishers
Althea Flynt was the fourth wife of Larry Flynt and the co-publisher of Flynt's pornography magazine, Hustler.

Peter Cole is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list List of Famous Publishers
Peter Cole is an American Jewish poet who lives in Jerusalem and New Haven.

Judson Crews is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list List of Famous Publishers
Judson Crews was an American poet, bookseller and small press publisher. Crews was born and raised in Waco, Texas. He first opened his Motive Bookshop and issued his first Motive Press ...more

Cathleen Black is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list List of Famous Publishers
Cathleen Prunty "Cathie" Black is a former New York City Schools Chancellor. On April 7, 2011, Black stepped down from her position after 95 days on the job. Her appointment to replace ...more

Stanley Foster Reed is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list List of Famous Publishers
Stanley Foster Reed was an entrepreneur, inventor, and publisher who founded Reed Research Inc. in 1940, “Mergers & Acquisitions” journal in 1965, and “Campaigns & Elections” magazine in

Bennett Cerf is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list List of Famous Publishers
Bennett Alfred Cerf was an American publisher, one of the founders of American publishing firm Random House. Cerf was also known for his own compilations of jokes and puns, for regular personal ...more

Ahmet Zappa is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list List of Famous Publishers
Ahmet Emuukha Rodan Zappa is an American writer, producer, and publisher.

Frederik Pohl is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list List of Famous Publishers
Frederik George Pohl, Jr. was an American science fiction writer, editor and fan, with a career spanning more than seventy-five years—from his first published work, the 1937 poem "Elegy to ...more

Rocky Williform is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list List of Famous Publishers
Rocky De Aire Williform is an American entrepreneur, software engineer, investor, and political activist. He is the founder of MixP3, the digital music streaming service, where he also serves as ...more

Robert B. Sherman is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list List of Famous Publishers
Robert Bernard Sherman was an American songwriter who specialized in musical films with his brother Richard Morton Sherman. Some of the Sherman Brothers' best known songs were incorporated into ...more

Dan Poynter is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list List of Famous Publishers
Dan Poynter is an American author, consultant, publisher, professional speaker and parachute designer. Since 1969, he has written more than 130 books, many reports, and more than 800 magazine ...more