SI Newhouse Jr., Publisher Who Owned New Yorker and Vanity Fair, Dies at 89

Newhouse inherited Conde Nast publishing empire

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S.I. Newhouse Jr., who ran the Conde Nast publishing empire that included magazine giants such as Vanity Fair, Vogue and The New Yorker, died Sunday at the age of 89.

Newhouse, who was known as “Si,” and his younger brother, Donald, inherited a publishing company from their father, Solomon I. Newhouse.

While Donald oversaw the newspaper and cable television division of the privately held Advance Publications, Si Newhouse built up the glossy magazine empire.

Together they built one of the largest private companies in the world, according to Forbes, with 2016 revenues estimated at $2.4 billion.

As chairman of Conde Nast for 40 years until his retirement in 2015, Si Newhouse built up a stable of two dozen magazines, according to Vogue. Many of the publications became as famous for the glossy lifestyles of high-paid editors like Vogue’s Anna Wintour and Vanity Fair’s Graydon Carter as for the celebrities featured in the pages.

“I am not an editor,” Newhouse told The New York Times in a 1989 interview. “As long as it doesn’t do something absolutely screwy, you can build a magazine around the direction an editor takes.”