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First Families of Print


For more than a century, running America’s august papers was almost exclusively a family affair. But with the recent sales of the Washington Post and the Boston Globe, only one of these once-powerful, multigenerational clans—New York Times owners the Sulzbergers—remains. Below, a very simplified ownership chain, from yesterday’s dynasties to a new guard of billionaire hobbyists and corporations.

Photographs: Wally McNamee/Corbis (Graham); Patrick McMullan (Sulzberger, Murdoch); Michael Nagle/Bloomberg via Getty Images (Zell); AP Images (Chandler)

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