Hearst Magazines

At Magazine Jukebox, we’re all about appreciating and bragging about our partners. Hearst is one of our biggest partners and we’re proud to be associated with them. Hearst Corporation was founded in 1887 by William Randolph Hearst. He was known to be an iconic character and his life was the inspiration for the leading character of the critically acclaimed film, Citizen Kane. The company owns newspapers, magazines, business publishing, and more. Hearst has partners in several cable ventures as well, such as Arts & Entertainment, the History Channel, and ESPN. 

From a single newspaper, the San Francisco Daily Examiner, W.R. Hearst built an empire that spanned the globe. He began his expansion by acquiring and launching newspapers, including the New York Journal in 1895 and the Los Angeles Examiner in 1903. In 1903, Hearst published Motor magazine, his first addition to the magazine division of his company. In the following years, Cosmopolitan and Good Housekeeping were also welcomed to the Hearst Corporation repertoire. 

During the 1920s and 1930s, the company had reached its peak as the largest media conglomerate on the planet. At that point, W.R. Hearst was adding radio stations to complement and support all of the newspapers that he’d acquired. After the death of W.R. Hearst in 1951, his namesake company acquired a paperback book publisher, Avon Books, in 1959. By 1981, two hardcover publishers had been added: Arbor House and William Morrow and Company. 

The company has only continued to grow as time has gone on. In a matter of 10 years, Hearst acquired over 100 magazine titles, a digital marketing agency (iCrossing), a majority stake in Litton Entertainment, business operations of The Pioneer Group, and the health/wellness brands of Rodale, Inc. If you want to read more info for yourself, visit these websites: hearst.com or companieshistory.com