Famous Publishers - List of Famous Publishers

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.

The Most Famous Publishers

NameBirthdayNationalityBio
Stan LeeDecember 28, 1922AmericanStan Lee was a former president and chairman of Marvel Comics
Rupert MurdochMarch 11, 1931AmericanRupert Murdoch is a renowned Australian business magnate famous for his establishment, ‘News Corporation’ in the US
Martha StewartAugust 3, 1941AmericanMartha Stewart is a successful American business women, TV host and author of many books
Mariela GrifforSeptember 29, 1961ChileanMariela Griffor is a Chilean poet, publisher and diplomat
William Randolph HearstApril 29, 1863AmericanWilliam Randolph Hearst was an American newspaper publisher
Larry FlyntNovember 1, 1942AmericanLarry Flynt is an American publisher
Hugh HefnerApril 9, 1926AmericanHugh Hefner was an American adult magazine publisher best known for being the founder of Playboy Enterprises
John H. JohnsonJanuary 19, 1918AmericanFounder of the Johnson publishing company, John H
Frederick DouglassFebruary 1, 1818AmericanFrederick Douglass was a slave turned social reformer
Joseph PulitzerApril 10, 1847HungarianJoseph Pulitzer was one of the most prominent US journalists and publisher of his times
Joseph Pulitzer

Joseph Pulitzer

Joseph Pulitzer was one of the most prominent US journalists and publisher of his times

HungarianApril 10, 1847127 views

Mariela Griffor

Mariela Griffor is a Chilean poet, publisher and diplomat

ChileanSeptember 29, 1961202 views

William Randolph Hearst

William Randolph Hearst was an American newspaper publisher

AmericanApril 29, 1863200 views

Martha Stewart

Martha Stewart is a successful American business women, TV host and author of many books

AmericanAugust 3, 1941226 views

Larry Flynt

Larry Flynt is an American publisher

Stan Lee

Stan Lee was a former president and chairman of Marvel Comics

AmericanDecember 28, 1922382 views

Rupert Murdoch

Rupert Murdoch is a renowned Australian business magnate famous for his establishment, ‘News Corporation’ in the US

AmericanMarch 11, 1931258 views

Hugh Hefner

Hugh Hefner was an American adult magazine publisher best known for being the founder of Playboy Enterprises

AmericanApril 9, 1926198 views

John H. Johnson

Founder of the Johnson publishing company, John H

AmericanJanuary 19, 1918151 views

Frederick Douglass

Frederick Douglass was a slave turned social reformer