Si Newhouse, longtime Condé Nast chairman, dead at 89

Angelo Anderson
October 1, 2017

Samuel Irving "Si" Newhouse Jr., the chairman emeritus of Conde Nast, the publisher of several major magazines and the owner of some of the largest newspapers in the county, died at age 89, according to the New York Times.

In the course of his career, Newhouse turned Vanity Fair into a must-read for all things worldly and chic, presided over the worldwide expansion of fashion bible Vogue, purchased The New Yorker, and birthed a collection of titles including Allure and Teen Vogue.

President and CEO of Conde Nast Bob Sauerberg told the Associated Press that "today, we lost a giant".

The Newhouse School took to Twitter, calling Newhouse "our friend" and sharing an extensive obituary in The New York Times.

The magazine world was not new to Newhouse.

Short, mild-mannered and often described as socially awkward, he usually arrived at his office around 5 gray slacks and beat-up loafers.

While Newhouse kept in the background, he hired some of the most famous magazine editors of his era during his Condé Nast tenure, including Tina Brown (Vanity Fair) and Anna Wintour (Vogue), and gained an equally notable reputation for his firings - specifically, for the somewhat chaotic way they were carried out, with editors sometimes learning of their dismissals in outside media coverage.

When Gropp said no, Newhouse got to the point.

Many hands were wrung when Newhouse bought The New Yorker in 1985.

Newhouse lived with his second wife, Victoria, an architectural historian, in a Manhattan apartment near the United Nations and in a house in Bellport, Long Island. He and his brother inherited their Advance publishing empire from their father, Samuel Newhouse, Sr.

Newhouse's death was first announced by his family.

Samuel Irving Newhouse Jr. was born November 8, 1927, in Staten Island, the grandson of Russian Jewish immigrants. Cohn went on to become a NY powerbroker and aide to Sen. He then worked at his father's newspapers for a time but never very seriously.

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