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William Randolph Hearst

1863 - 1951

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William Randolph Hearst Sr. (; April 29, 1863 – August 14, 1951) was an American businessman, newspaper publisher, and politician known for developing the nation's largest newspaper chain and media company, Hearst Communications. His flamboyant methods of yellow journalism influenced the nation's popular media by emphasizing sensationalism and human interest stories. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of William Randolph Hearst has received more than 7,325,275 page views. His biography is available in 47 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 46 in 2019). William Randolph Hearst is the 112th most popular businessperson (down from 86th in 2019), the 1,220th most popular biography from United States (down from 990th in 2019) and the 34th most popular American Businessperson.

William Randolph Hearst was an American newspaper publisher who was most famous for his ownership of the Hearst Corporation. The company was founded by his father, George Hearst, and grew to own a variety of media outlets.

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Among businesspeople, William Randolph Hearst ranks 112 out of 601Before him are Brian Epstein, Mohammed bin Awad bin Laden, Chung Ju-yung, Pierre Bergé, James Mayer de Rothschild, and Alisher Usmanov. After him are Uli Hoeneß, John D. Rockefeller Jr., Gordon Moore, Carlos Ghosn, Stan Kroenke, and César Ritz.

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Among people born in 1863, William Randolph Hearst ranks 30Before him are Wilhelm Marx, Gaston Doumergue, Reinhard Scheer, George Santayana, Max Wolf, and Heinrich Rickert. After him are Albert Calmette, Leo Baekeland, Essad Pasha Toptani, Franz von Hipper, Archduke Eugen of Austria, and Grand Duke George Mikhailovich of Russia. Among people deceased in 1951, William Randolph Hearst ranks 24Before him are Sinclair Lewis, Paul Blobel, Amélie of Orléans, Oswald Pohl, Zaifeng, Prince Chun, and Harald Bohr. After him are Princess Milica of Montenegro, Ivanoe Bonomi, Charles G. Dawes, Óscar Carmona, Robert J. Flaherty, and Princess Hélène of Orléans.

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Among people born in United States, William Randolph Hearst ranks 1,220 out of 18,182Before him are Rodney King (1965), John Gotti (1940), Nicholas Ray (1911), Vera Miles (1929), Will Durant (1885), and Michael Moore (1954). After him are Richard Donner (1930), Lawrence Klein (1920), James Spader (1960), Jackie Coogan (1914), Uma Thurman (1970), and Condoleezza Rice (1954).

Among BUSINESSPEOPLE In United States

Among businesspeople born in United States, William Randolph Hearst ranks 34Before him are Madam C. J. Walker (1867), Sam Walton (1918), William Boeing (1881), Lee Iacocca (1924), Fred Trump (1905), and Mike Markkula (1942). After him are John D. Rockefeller Jr. (1874), Gordon Moore (1929), Stan Kroenke (1947), Bernard Baruch (1870), Walter Chrysler (1875), and Cornelius Vanderbilt (1794).