Samuel Irving “Si” Newhouse, Jr., chairman emeritus of Condé Nast, passed away at age 89. Newhouse, together with his brother Donald, owned Advance Publications, whose properties include Condé Nast, newspapers across the United States, and a controlling stake in Discovery Communications. The company was founded by their father in 1922.
Newhouse ran the company’s magazine division, Condé Nast Publications (publisher of Vogue, Vanity Fair, and The New Yorker and many others), and served as its famously exacting and faithful chairman for 40 years, as he painstakingly developed what would become the foremost magazine publisher in the world.
“Si Newhouse was the most extraordinary leader,” said Anna Wintour, Condé Nast artistic director and Editor in Chief of Vogue. “Wherever he led, I followed, unquestioningly, simply because he put as much faith in me as I had in him. Si never looked at data or statistics, but went with his instincts and expected his editors to do the same. He urged us to take risks and was effusive in his praise when they paid off. Every time I’d preview the latest issue of Vogue with him, he’d encourage me to go for the less expected cover, the more compelling image. Yet there was nothing showy about the way Si led. This humble, thoughtful, highly idiosyncratic man, quite possibly the least judgmental person I’ve ever known, preferred family, friends, art, movies, and his beloved pugs over the flashiness of the New York media world”.
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