The owner of The New Yorker, S.I. Newhouse Jr., passed away at his home Sunday at the age of 89, leaving behind him family, friends and one of the most influential media outlets in all of journalism.
Newhouse also owned Vogue, Vanity Fair, Architectural Digest and a host of other publications. The media mogul, along with his brother Donald, inherited an already flourishing publishing company from their father but turned that inheritance into a roughly $12 billion media empire.
“He was passionate about journalism and he supported journalists and editors and he set an example of caring about the right things in media, which is great stories, great design, great magazines, great websites,” his nephew, Steven Newhouse, told reporters.
Newhouse also owned Random House publishing for a period of time, during which he profiled a young real estate mogul and future president, Donald Trump.
He was known for his tenacious, seemingly unending appetite for work. Newhouse was known to sometimes start staff meetings at 6 a.m., but he was also known to provide his editors with lavish expense accounts, which allowed them to put out the best product possible.
Newhouse was born in 1927 in Staten Island to a pair of Russian Jewish immigrants.
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