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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 and published by the Meredith Corporation and occupies offices in Boston, Chicago, Hong Kong, London, Los Angeles, New York City, and San Francisco.
Luce outlined Fortune’s mission 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
DEPUTY EDITOR Brian O’Keefe
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, Leigh Gallagher, Shawn Tully
CREATIVE DIRECTOR Paul Martinez
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY Mia J. Diehl
DIRECTOR OF VIDEO Mason Cohn
SENIOR EDITORS Daniel Bentley, Scott DeCarlo (lists), Verne Kopytoff
SENIOR WRITERS Erika Fry, Robert Hackett, Beth Kowitt, Michal Lev-Ram, Ellen McGirt, Aaron Pressman, Jeff John Roberts, Phil Wahba, Jen Wieczner
SENIOR SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT Susie Gharib
EDITORS John Buysse, Jaclyn Gallucci, Rachel King, Polina Marinova, Radhika Marya, Jake Meth, John Patrick Pullen, Claire Zillman (London)
ASSOCIATE EDITOR Grace Donnelly, Emma Hinchliffe
WRITERS Aric Jenkins, Sy Mukherjee, Lisa Marie Segarra, Lucinda Shen, Jonathan Vanian
LIST TEAM Rhona Altschuler, Douglas G. Elam, Kathleen Smyth
CONTRIBUTORS Natasha Bach, Erin Corbett, Hallie Detrick, Grace Dobush, Brian Dumaine, Katherine Eban, Ezekiel Emanuel, Dinah Eng, Adam Erace, Kate Flaim, Glenn Fleishman, Ellen Florian, Verne Harnish, Kevin Kelleher, Lucas Laursen, Carol Loomis, Roger Lowenstein, Sheila Marikar, Rita McGrath, Bethany McLean, David Meyer, Richard Morgan, Chris Morris, David Z. Morris, Stacy Perman, Jeffrey Pfeffer, Emily Price, Renae Reints, Don Reisinger, David Sloan, Jeffrey Sonnenfeld, Alice Tozer, Lindsey Tramuta, Jaclyn Trop, Vauhini Vara, Vivienne Walt
INFORMATION GRAPHICS DIRECTOR Nicolas Rapp
ART STAFF Peter Herbert (lead art director); Josue Evilla (art director); Julia Bohan (senior graphic designer)
PHOTO DEPARTMENT Kacy Burdette, Armin Harris, Alexandra Scimecca, Michele Taylor, Hildegarde P. Vilmenay (office manager)
VIDEO PRODUCERS Megan J. Arnold, Jonathan Baran, Devin Hance, Chris Joslin, Ross Kohan, Jesse Rogala, Erika Santoro
EDITORIAL ASSISTANTS Kelly Champion, Sharon Lawrence, Zhang Dan (Beijing)
COPYROOM Maria Carmicino, Lauren Goldstein
PREMEDIA Richard K. Prue (executive director); Angel Mass (senior manager)
PRESIDENT Alan Murray
SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, FORTUNE LIVE MEDIA Lisa Cline
SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, GROUP PUBLISHER Michael Schneider
CMO, NEWS AND BUSINESS BRAND MARKETING Michael Joseloff
SALES Boston: Melissa More; New York: Hannah Showak, Tim Mullaly; Midwest: John Winterhalder; West: Julia Keefe
INTEGRATED MARKETING Sheyna Bruckner, Stuart Claxton (executive directors); Giselle Peled, Bridget Wilson (directors); Hannah Hashmi (manager)
CREATIVE SERVICES Orville Clark (creative director); Jess Harrison (senior designer)
LIVE MEDIA Delwyn Gray (vice president); Jennifer Current, Kim Lovett, Cindy Shieh, Amy Winiker
CONSUMER MARKETING & REVENUE Chris Gaydos (senior vice president); Ann Marie Doherty, Yvonne Gerald, Melissa Mahoney, Karan Simoneau, Eric Szegda (vice presidents); Holly Oakes (director); Nicole Felix (senior manager); Nicole Padovano, Jessica Colon (managers); Ojan Bahraini (associate manager); Samantha Piotti (assistant manager)
CONSUMER INSIGHT Andrew Borinstein (vice president); Joel Kaji (executive director); Brian Koenig (senior research manager)
COMMUNICATIONS Kristin Matzen
FINANCE Maria Beckett (senior vice president); Keith Strohmeier (vice president); Arbena Bal (director); Paula Esposito, Catherine Keenan (managers); Christopher Santigate (associate manager); Jessica Pirro
BRANDED CONTENT SOLUTIONS Carolina Stavrositu (executive director); Gregory Leeds, Jamie Waugh Luke, Ron Moss, Cindy Murphy (directors); Joel Baboolal, Melissa Brice, Blair Stelle
DIGITAL PRODUCT AND ENGINEERING Andrew Dwulet (product); Sean Villafranca (design); Sinash Shajahan (engineer)
PRODUCTION Valerie Langston (director); Mieko S. Calugay (senior manager); Sara Decker, Jo Mispel (assistant managers); Vishal Prasad
INTERNATIONAL John Marcom (president); Tom Rowland (vice president, partnerships, international licensing and business development); Mike Taylor (vice president, finance and operations)
INTERNATIONAL ADVERTISING SALES Khoon-Fong Ang (vice president, North Asia); Tim Howat (vice president, Southeast Asia); Rupert Turnbull (vice president, EMEA)