Samuel Irving “S.I.” Newhouse Jr., one of the giants of the magazine publishing industry, passed away on Sunday, just four days after another iconic figure, Hugh Hefner, died last week.
Newhouse’s family confirmed that he died in his New York home “after a long illness.”
Newhouse, together with his brother Donald, owned Advance Publications. The company, founded by their father in 1922, has properties which include Condé Nast, dozens of newspapers across the United States, as well as a controlling stake in Discovery Communications.
Newhouse ran the company’s magazine division, Condé Nast Publications—publisher of Vogue, Vanity Fair, and The New Yorker, among two dozen others—and served as its chairman for 40 years, as he developed what would become one of the most prestigious magazine publishers in the world. He retired to the role of chairman emeritus in early 2015.
His death comes at a time of extraordinary tumult for the magazine industry, with the death of Hefner and the resignations of four of the best-known editors in the country resigning in the space of a week. Those editors included Vanity Fair’s Graydon Carter, Elle’s Robbie Myers, Glamour’s Cindi Leive and Time’s Nancy Gibbs.