Table: The Hearst Empire

The privately held company built by William Randolph Hearst has gone way beyond its newspaper roots. In his will, Hearst set up a trust to oversee the company. The board of trustees has 13 seats, five of which are reserved for family members. Hearst Corp. also has a board of 20 directors, of whom seven are family members.

Estimated revenues: $5.2 billion.

Estimated net income: $500 million. Holdings include:


Holds 66% of the publicly traded Hearst-Argyle Corp., which has 27 television stations, reaching 17.5% of households in the country.


Publishes 16, including Good Housekeeping, Cosmopolitan, Esquire, Harper's Bazaar, SmartMoney (together with Dow Jones), and O, The Oprah Magazine


Owns 12 dailies, including the Houston Chronicle, San Francisco Chronicle, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, and Midland (Tex.) Reporter-Telegram.


Has a 20% stake in ESPN, a 37.5% stake in A&E, and 50% of Lifetime cable networks. Also owns King Features Syndicate.


Owns,, and a 30% stake in


Owns 20 business-to-business services and databases, including inventory service Stocknet.

Data: BusinessWeek

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