Our History, Mission, Editorial Standards, and Who We Are

By Fortune Editors Time & Life Pictures/The LIFE Images Collection/Getty Images July 20, 2018, 1:00 AM EDT 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. Our History Henry Robinson Luce founded Fortune magazine in 1929 in the wake of…

Our History, Mission, Editorial Standards, and Who We Are

By Fortune Editors

Time & Life Pictures/The LIFE Images Collection/Getty Images

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.

Our History

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, Leo Lionni, 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.

Our Mission

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.”

Our Editorial Standards

Fortune is committed to producing journalism that meets the highest standards of accuracy, fairness, transparency, and lawfulness. Our print, digital, and live products aim to inform, delight, illuminate, and help our readers, viewers, and attendees. We believe that our products must reflect our commitment to quality and integrity and we recognize that our reputation depends on upholding these journalistic values.

We welcome complaints about errors that warrant correction as well as suggestions for further clarification. Feedback may be directed to feedback@fortune.com. When a correction or clarification is required, we will append a note at the bottom of the article explaining the nature of the change as well as the time and date it was made. An article requiring additional context may include an editor’s note at top or bottom.

Letters to the editor may be directed to letters@fortune.com.

Advertising inquiries may be directed to advertising_contact@timeinc.com.

Press inquiries may be directed to time-fmg-pr@timeinc.com.

Who We Are

Visit our media kit for bios and photos of our editorial staff and executive leadership team.

FOUNDER Henry R. Luce, 1898-1967

EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Clifton Leaf

EXECUTIVE EDITOR Adam Lashinsky

DIGITAL EDITOR Andrew Nusca

FEATURES EDITOR Matthew Heimer

DEPUTY DIGITAL EDITOR Kristen Bellstrom

ASIA EDITOR Clay Chandler


CHAIR, MPW SUMMIT & COFOUNDER
Patricia Sellers


SENIOR EDITORS AT LARGE
Geoff Colvin, Nina Easton, Shawn Tully

CREATIVE DIRECTOR Peter Herbert

DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY Mia J. Diehl

DIRECTOR OF VIDEO Mason Cohn

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 (Berlin), Aaron Pressman, Jeff John Roberts, Phil Wahba, Jen Wieczner

EDITORS Jaclyn Gallucci, Rachel King, Polina Marinova, Radhika Marya, John Patrick Pullen, Claire Zillman (London)

COMMENTARY EDITORS Tamara El-Waylly, Jake Meth

AUDIENCE ENGAGEMENT EDITORS John Buysse, McKenna Moore (assistant editor)

PRODUCTION EDITOR Lydia Belanger


ASSOCIATE EDITORS
Katherine Dunn (London), Emma Hinchliffe

SENIOR SPECIAL CORRESPONDENTS Susie Gharib (New York), Maithreyi Seetharaman (London), Vivienne Walt (Paris)


WRITERS
Danielle Abril, Aric Jenkins, Rey Mashayekhi, Sy Mukherjee, Lisa Marie Segarra, Lucinda Shen, Jonathan Vanian

LIST TEAM Rhona Altschuler, Douglas G. Elam, Kathleen Smyth

CONTRIBUTORS Natasha Bach, Jeffrey Ball, Erin Corbett, Hallie Detrick, Grace Dobush, Brian Dumaine, Katherine Eban, Ezekiel Emanuel, Dinah Eng, Adam Erace, Kate Flaim, Ellen Florian, Kevin Kelleher, Carol Loomis, Roger Lowenstein, Sheila Marikar, Rita McGrath, Bethany McLean, Richard Morgan, Chris Morris, Stacy Perman, Jeffrey Pfeffer, Emily Price, Renae Reints, Don Reisinger, Ashwin Rodrigues, Jeffrey Sonnenfeld, Rick Tetzeli, Lindsey Tramuta, Jaclyn Trop, Vauhini Vara

INFORMATION GRAPHICS DIRECTOR Nicolas Rapp


ART DIRECTOR
Josue Evilla

PHOTO DEPARTMENT Armin Harris, Alexandra Scimecca, Michele Taylor, Hildegarde P. Vilmenay (office manager)

SENIOR VIDEO PRODUCERS Megan J. Arnold, Chris Joslin

VIDEO PRODUCERS Devin Hance, Ross Kohan, Jesse Rogala, Bruno Silva

EXECUTIVE ASSISTANTS Kelly Champion, Sharon Lawrence, Carmen Melendez

COPYROOM Maria Carmicino, Lauren Goldstein, Barbara Collier

INTERNS Natallie Rocha, Anne Sraders

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER Alan Murray

CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER Lisa Cline

CHIEF REVENUE OFFICER Michael Schneider

CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER Anastasia Nyrkovskaya

CHIEF PEOPLE OFFICER Roxanne Flores

CHIEF TECHNOLOGY OFFICER Jonathan Rivers

CHIEF MARKETING OFFICER Michael Joseloff




VP, CORPORATE SALES DIRECTOR
Lindsey Kintner

VP, INTERNATIONAL ADVERTISING Khoon-Fong Ang

VP, LIVE MEDIA SALES Peter Granath

SALES, NEW YORK Tim Mullaly, Elizabeth Parks, Hannah Showak, Sarah Weitzman; Tina Dhariwal (executive assistant); Natalie Kammin (sales assistant)

SALES, MIDWEST Gina Czupryna, John Winterhalder

SALES, WEST Julia Keefe, Monica Sembler; Dannygail Dean (sales assistant)

SALES, SOUTHEAST ASIA Karen Mong

SALES, EUROPE Rupert Turnbull

INTEGRATED MARKETING Sheyna Bruckner (executive director); Giselle Peled (director); Heather Albano (associate director); Alice Naser (manager)

COMMERCIAL CREATIVE SERVICES David Lennon (executive creative director); Kim Coyle, Gregory Leeds (directors); Blair Stelle (manager)

VP, LIVE MEDIA Delwyn Gray (production); Elizabeth Tighe (marketing and member services)

LIVE MEDIA Paul Casey (executive director, marketing); Ashley Alebiosu, Damanick Dantes, Windy Gillespie, Heather Ligerman, Nikki Lustrino, Huiyi Mai, Katie Mandara, Cindy Shieh, Sandy Tuba, Jessica Valdez

COMMUNICATIONS Alison Klooster

LEGAL Steve Weissman (general counsel)

OPERATIONS Stephanie Perry (vice president)

FINANCE Melissa Goldman (controller); Jose Colon (accounting manager); Tyler Cristy (accounting associate)

BRANDED CONTENT SOLUTIONS Ron Moss (director); Joel Baboolal, Lauren Chomiuk (managers); Cassandra Vinhateiro (associate manager)

PARTNERSHIPS, LICENSING & SYNDICATION Jack Livings (editorial director); Nadine Ghosn (digital content manager)

DIGITAL PRODUCT AND ENGINEERING Jeff Billark, Russell Brown, Cindy Halim, Eric Soll, Johrten Sternberg, Benny Wong

PRODUCTION Rosemarie Iazzetta (director); Elizabeth Mata (senior manager)

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