Fortune is a global media organization dedicated to helping its readers, viewers, and attendees succeed big in business through unrivaled access and best-in-class storytelling.
Henry Robinson Luce founded Fortune magazine in 1929 in the wake of the Great Depression and the death of Yale classmate Briton Hadden, with whom he cofounded Time magazine and the Time-Fortune Corporation (later Time Incorporated) in 1922. In a 1929 prospectus for advertisers, Luce wrote that Fortune should be “the Ideal Super-Class Magazine” for “wealthy and influential people.” It should be, he added, “surpassingly beautiful” and “so richly illustrated and so distinguished in appearance that it will be instinctive to turn the pages. And having turned the pages, his reader will discover the editorial content of such arresting vitality that, were it but mimeographed on cheapest newsprint, he would still pay dearly for it.” Its price? $10 per year, “a barrier so high that only the reader both enthusiastic and well-to-do will vault it.”
The first issue of Fortune, featuring on its cover the Roman goddess Fortuna with her wheel, was distributed to subscribers beginning in February 1930. (The magazine was not initially available on newsstands.) As with Time, Luce made himself editor of Fortune; its first managing editor was Parker Lloyd-Smith and its first art editor was Thomas Maitland Cleland. Fortune’s first headquarters were located in the Chrysler Building at 135 East 42nd Street in New York City; it later moved to the Time-Life Building at 1271 Avenue of the Americas and is currently headquartered at 225 Liberty Street.
The pages of Fortune have been filled with the work of some of the world’s greatest writers, editors, illustrators, and photographers. Among them: Ansel Adams, James Agee, Constantin Alajálov, John Atherton, Herbert Bayer, Lester Beal, Thomas Benrimo, Joseph Binder, Margaret Bourke-White, A.M. Cassandre, Thomas Maitland Cleland, Miguel Covarrubias, Walker Evans, John Kenneth Galbraith, George Gusti, Ernest Hemingway, Alfred Kazin, Fernand Léger, Fred Ludekens, Dwight Macdonald, Archibald MacLeish, Erik Nitsche, Miné Okubo, Antonio Petruccelli, Diego Rivera, Ben Shahn, and Charles Sheeler.
Today, Fortune is one of the world’s leading business media brands and comprises a multinational monthly magazine, daily website, and conference series. It is owned by Fortune Media Group Holdings Limited, which is wholly owned by Chatchaval Jiaravanon, and published by the Meredith Corporation. It occupies offices in Beijing, Boston, Chicago, Hong Kong, London, Los Angeles, New York City, San Francisco, and Shanghai.
An outline of Fortune’s mission can be found in a sidebar calling for subscriptions in Volume 1, Issue 1 of the magazine:
“FORTUNE’S purpose is to reflect Industrial Life in ink and paper and word and picture as the finest skyscraper reflects it in stone and steel and architecture. Business takes FORTUNE to the tip of the wing of the airplane and through the depths of the ocean along be-barnacled cables. It forces FORTUNE to peer into dazzling furnaces and into the faces of bankers. FORTUNE must follow the chemist to the brink of worlds newer than Columbus found and it must jog with freight cars across Nevada’s desert. FORTUNE is involved in the fashions of flappers and in glass made from sand. It is packed in millions of cans and saluted by Boards of Directors on the pinnacles of skyscrapers. Mountains diminish, rivers change their course and thirty million people assemble nightly at the cinema. Into all these matters FORTUNE will inquire with unbridled curiosity. And, above all, FORTUNE will make its discoveries clear, coherent, vivid, so that the reading of it may be one of the keenest pleasures in the life of every subscriber.”
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Who We Are
FOUNDER Henry R. Luce, 1898-1967
EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Clifton Leaf
EXECUTIVE EDITOR Adam Lashinsky
DIGITAL EDITOR Andrew Nusca
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, MPW SUMMITS & LIVE CONTENT Patricia Sellers
FEATURES EDITOR Matthew Heimer
DEPUTY DIGITAL EDITOR Kristen Bellstrom
SENIOR EDITORS AT LARGE Clay Chandler (Asia), Geoff Colvin, Nina Easton, Shawn Tully
DESIGN DIRECTOR Peter Herbert
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY Mia J. Diehl
DIRECTOR OF GRAPHICS Nicolas Rapp
DIRECTOR OF VIDEO Mason Cohn
DIRECTOR, LIVE MEDIA CONTENT EUROPE Maithreyi Seetharaman
SENIOR EDITORS Daniel Bentley, Lee Clifford, Scott DeCarlo (lists), Verne Kopytoff, Beth Kowitt, Ellen McGirt
SENIOR WRITERS Eamon Barrett (Hong Kong), Erika Fry, Robert Hackett, Michal Lev-Ram, David Meyer, Aaron Pressman, Jeff John Roberts, Phil Wahba, Jen Wieczner
SENIOR SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT Susie Gharib
EDITORS Lydia Belanger (production), John Buysse (audience), Jaclyn Gallucci, Rachel King, Polina Marinova, Radhika Marya, John Patrick Pullen, Claire Zillman (London)
ASSOCIATE EDITORS Katherine Dunn, Tamara El-Waylly, Emma Hinchliffe, Jake Meth
ASSISTANT EDITOR McKenna Moore (audience)
WRITERS Danielle Abril, Aric Jenkins, Rey Mashayekhi, Sy Mukherjee, Lisa Marie Segarra, Lucinda Shen, Jonathan Vanian
CONTRIBUTORS Natasha Bach, Erin Corbett, Hallie Detrick, Grace Dobush, Brian Dumaine, Ezekiel Emanuel, Dinah Eng, Adam Erace, Kate Flaim, Glenn Fleishman, Ellen Florian, Kevin Kelleher, Lucas Laursen, Carol Loomis, Roger Lowenstein, Sheila Marikar, Rita McGrath, Richard Morgan, Chris Morris, Stacy Perman, Emily Price, Renae Reints, Don Reisinger, Ashwin Rodrigues, Jeffrey Sonnenfeld, Rick Tetzeli, Lindsey Tramuta, Jaclyn Trop, Vauhini Vara, Vivienne Walt
ART & DESIGN Josue Evilla (art director)
PHOTOGRAPHY Armin Harris (associate director); Alexandra Scimecca, Michele Taylor (editors); Hildegarde P. Vilmenay (office manager)
VIDEO Megan J. Arnold, Chris Joslin (senior producers); Devin Hance, Ross Kohan, Jesse Rogala, Erika Santoro, Bruno Silva
COPY Maria Carmicino, Lauren Goldstein
LISTS Rhona Altschuler, Douglas G. Elam, Kathleen Smyth
EDITORIAL ASSISTANTS Kelly Champion, Sharon Lawrence
INTERN Carson Kessler
PRESIDENT & CEO Alan Murray
CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER Lisa Cline
CHIEF REVENUE OFFICER Michael Schneider
CHIEF TECHNOLOGY OFFICER Jonathan Rivers
CHIEF PEOPLE OFFICER Roxanne Flores
CHIEF MARKETING OFFICER Michael Joseloff
FINANCE Maria Beckett, Alison Fried
TECHNOLOGY Eric Soll
LEGAL Steve Weissman
FACILITIES Stephanie Perry
SALES Peter Granath (VP live media sales), Lindsey Kintner (VP corporate sales); Hannah Showak, Tim Mullaly (New York); Gina Czupryna, John Winterhalder (Chicago); Julia Keefe (Los Angeles); Monica Sembler (San Francisco); Tina Dhariwal (executive assistant); Natalie Kammin (assistant)
MARKETING Sheyna Bruckner (executive director); Dave Lennon (executive creative director); Giselle Peled (director); Heather Albano (associate director); Alice Naser (manager); Julie Sun
COMMUNICATIONS Alison Klooster (senior manager)
LIVE MEDIA Delwyn Gray (vice president); Ashley Alebiosu, Paul Casey, Damanick Dantes, Kim Lovett, Cindy Shieh, Elizabeth Tighe
BRANDED CONTENT Cindy Murphy (executive director); Gregory Leeds (design director); Blair Stelle (senior designer); Lauren Chomiuk (production manager); Cassandra Vinhaterio (associate manager)
BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT Ron Moss (director); Joel Baboolal (manager)
PARTNERSHIPS Jack Livings (editorial director)
PRODUCTION Elizabeth Mata (senior manager); Sara Decker, Jo Mispel (assistant managers)
INTERNATIONAL Khoon-Fong Ang (vice president, North Asia); Tom Rowland (vice president, partnerships, international licensing and business development); Tim Howat (vice president, Southeast Asia); Rupert Turnbull (vice president, EMEA)