Nicholas David Coleridge CBE (born 4 March 1957 in London) is President of Condé Nast International, the division of Condé Nast which publishes more than 100 magazines and 80 branded websites in 24 markets globally. Coleridge is also the managing director of Condé Nast in Britain, the magazine publishing house that includes Vogue, Glamour, GQ, The World of Interiors, House & Garden, Condé Nast Traveller, Tatler, Brides, Wired, Love, Vanity Fair, as well as Condé Nast Johansens and the Conde Nast College of Fashion & Design.
He is the great-great-great-great-great nephew of the poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge, and son of David Coleridge, who was Chairman of Lloyd's of London in the late 1980s. He is the eldest of three brothers, and educated at Eton College and Trinity College, Cambridge, where he studied Theology and History of Art; however, due to a back injury, he was not able to sit his Finals.
He has written twelve books, both fiction and non-fiction, based largely upon either his professional life (The Fashion Conspiracy, Paper Tigers, With Friends Like These) or social novels (A Much Married Man, Godchildren, Deadly Sins, The Adventuress).
He has been Chairman of the PPA – the magazine publishers' association – and Chairman of the British Fashion Council. He was founding Chairman of Fashion Rocks, the fashion and rock music extravaganza, which raised more than £3 million for the Prince's Trust charity. He was on the Advisory Board for the Concert for Diana, Wembley Stadium 2007. He has been a member of the Council of the Royal College of Art, and a member of the Trading Board of the Prince's Trust. He is a Director of PressBof, the parent organisation of the Press Complaints Commission.
While on assignment making a television documentary about Tamil terrorism in Sri Lanka in 1984, he was arrested and jailed for ten days in Welikada prison, Colombo, where he embarked upon writing a collection of short stories, 'How I Met My Wife'.
As a journalist, he has been an irregular contributor to The Daily Telegraph, Sunday Telegraph, The Spectator and the Financial Times. In 1976, between school and university, he was a cub reporter on the Falmouth Packet newspaper in Cornwall. From 1979 -82 he was Associate Editor of the Tatler, working for then editor Tina Brown; from 1982 – 85 he was a columnist at the Evening Standard; 1986–89 he was editor of Harpers & Queen magazine, a Hearst title, before joining Condé Nast, initially as Editorial Director of the British Company.
He is married to the author and healer Georgia Metcalfe with four children, Alexander, Freddie, Sophie and Tommy. They live in Chelsea, London, and in Worcestershire. The December 2007 issue of Conde Nast's World of Interiors magazine contains a feature on his country house, the 1709 Wolverton Hall in Worcestershire. His enthusiasms include India and Indian art, gardening, sunbathing, hillwalking and photography.
He was awarded the 1982 prize for British Press Awards Young Journalist of the Year when he was a columnist at the Evening Standard, and the Mark Boxer Lifetime Achievement Award for magazine journalism by the British Society of Magazine Editors in 2001. In 2013, he was awarded the Marcus Morris Lifetime Achievement Award for publishing by the Professional Publishers Association (PPA).
- Nicholas Coleridge Q&A at Orion Publishing Group
- "Interview". Independent. 12 January 1998.
- Alastair Reid "All About ... Magazine industry consolidation", Campaign, 16 February 2012
- Godchildren Dedication Page – Google Books
- The London Gazette: . 13 June 2009.