In the space of less than a week, the magazine media world has lost another titan. Si Newhouse, the man who presided over the glossy magazine empire known as Conde Nast or the Rolls Royce of magazine publishers as some call it, died at his home in New York on Sunday October 1 2017. The man was a legend and being pictured with him or seated at his table at events like the once infamous Conde Nast Christmas party said a lot about your status inside the company. Mr. Newhouse was also the chairman of Conde Nast’s parent company Advance Publications which is home to newspapers, cable holdings and digital properties. Here are some reactions from current and former Conde Nast executives and editors.
Bob Sauerberg, CEO Conde Nast:
“Today, we lost a giant. 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. We are honored to work in this incredible business he created, and will strive to emulate his courage and wisdom.”
Anna Wintour, Editor in Chief Vogue, Artistic Director Conde Nast:
“SI Newhouse was the most extraordinary leader. Wherever he led, we followed, unquestioningly, simply because he put the most incredible faith in us. SI never looked at data, or statistics, but went with his instincts, and expected us to do the same. He was quick to encourage us to take risks, and effusive in his praise when they paid off. There was nothing showy about the way SI led though. This humble, thoughtful, idiosyncratic man, possibly the least judgmental person I have ever known, preferred family, friends, art, movies, and his beloved pugs over the flashiness of the New York media world, and his personality shaped the entire company; it might have been a huge global entity, yet one felt a deep, personal connection to it, all because of him.”
David Remnick, Editor in Chief New Yorker Magazine:
“Si Newhouse wasn’t incidentally in the magazine business. He loved magazines, he loved everything about them––from the conception of new publications to the beauty and rigor of the latest issue––and that passion, that commitment to excellence, free expression, and imagination radiated in every direction.”
Graydon Carter outgoing Editor in Chief, Vanity Fair:
“With Si’s passing, the big chapters in the history of magazines—as written by men like Si and Henry Luce—will have come to an end. Si’s vision, and the soft manner in which he executed it, will be long remembered in these hallways and on newsstands around the world. He was a one-off in an age of carbon copies.”
Edward Menicheschi, Former marketing chief Conde Nast:
The most extraordinary person. visionary patron of creativity. Fierce competitor. A force that shaped culture for 4 decades. Glad I had the chance to see him in his prime.
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