One of the biggest names in the world of media and publishing has passed away. S.I. Newhouse, Jr. died at his Manhattan home recently.
Si, as he was called, was a billionaire media mogul who was responsible for transforming magazines like Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, and Vogue, into the iconic pop-culture symbols they are today.
Si and his brother were fortunate to inherit a massive media empire from their father as young men. Their father had originally purchased the Staten Island Advance in 1922 and later purchased a publisher known as Conde Nast in 1959.
“Today, we lost a giant,” Conde Nast President and CEO Bob Sauerberg said. “Si embodied creativity, curiosity and a commitment to excellence unlike any other, and he will forever be remembered as the man who built the most influential media empire in the world.
Si was known as a man who loved everything about the magazine and media industry. He had a passion for the way magazines told stories and used images and his powerful work ethic could be seen in everything he did.
“Si was the generous benefactor at the high water mark of magazine publishing in 1990s with highly paid writers and editors who became almost as famous as the people the covered,” said Thomas Maier, who authored the 1994 biography “Newhouse: All the Glitter, Power, and Glory of America’s Richest Media Empire and the Secretive Man Behind It.”
Si is survived by his wife and two children, along with his brother and other grandchildren. He had recently been battling dementia and had even lost the ability to understand speech.
Please join us in praying for the family during this difficult time. We ask for God’s healing touch on their lives as they mourn his loss. Also, be sure to read our breaking news article about the famous entertainer who just died of a massive heart attack in Las Vegas.