The publishing billionaire Samuel “Si” Newhouse Jr. who oversaw some of the popular American magazines that include some big names such as the New Yorker, Vogue, Vanity Fair and GQ has died. He oversaw these magazines as a head of the media empire which has been built by his father. He has died at the age of 89.
The New York Times reported, Mr. Newhouse Jr. has died at his home on, the family’s spokesperson confirmed the news. However, the cause and the manner of his death has not been revealed yet.
Mr. Newhouse Jr. was the chairman of Advance Publications Inc. in which the Forbes magazine ranked as the 40th-largest private U.S. company in 2017 with the estimated revenue of $8 billion and around 25,000 employees. During the four decades of business, he created several new titles.
Mr. Newhouse Jr.’s father Samuel Sr. was a self-made media chieftain and died in 1979. He was the owner of 31 newspapers along with the circulation of up to 3 million.
Newhouse was the father of three — Samuel, Wynn and Pamela, they are from his first wife Jane Franke. His second wife was Victoria de Ramel who was the former wife of a French count.
In an interview with New York magazine in 2009, the editor of the New Yorker, David Remnick said regarding Mr. Newhouse Jr., “He loves magazines, meaning the whole and all of it, the variety of things published, the business details, the visions and actions and personalities of his editors, the problems, the problem-solving, the ink and paper — the all of it.”
In his 1994 book, Thomas Maier wrote regarding Mr. Newhouse, his (Newhouse’s) method “was to blur the distinction between editorial and advertising, the difference between what was used to inform and what was used to sell.”
He wrote, “Although his domain was the world of women’s fashion magazines, Si Newhouse was still a very practical bottom-line publisher like his father.”