Gail Rebuck

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Gail Rebuck, Baroness Rebuck
Gail Ruth Rebuck

(1952-02-10) 10 February 1952 (age 67)
EducationLycée Français Charles de Gaulle
Alma materSussex University
TitleChair, Penguin Random House UK
Spouse(s)Philip Gould, Lord Gould of Brookwood (died 2011)
ChildrenGeorgia Gould
Grace Gould

Gail Ruth Rebuck, Baroness Rebuck, DBE (born 10 February 1952) is a British publisher and Chair of the international book publishing group Penguin Random House's[1] British operations.

She sits in the House of Lords as a Labour member.

Early life and education[edit]

Rebuck's Latvian-born Jewish grandfather, and her own father, were both in the London rag trade. Her mother was a Dutch Jew.[1] At the age of four she was sent to the South Kensington Lycée Français Charles de Gaulle, where she learned to read and write in French before she did in English.[2] She graduated with a degree in intellectual history from Sussex University in 1974.[3]


Rebuck worked for several independent publishers and ran a paperback imprint for Hamlyn before putting her own funds into a new imprint, Century. After a merger with Hutchinson in 1985, Century Hutchinson was taken over by Random House UK in 1989. Rebuck was appointed Chair and Chief Executive of Random House UK in 1991.[3]

Rebuck was listed at fifth place in a 2006 Observer list of the top people in the British books industry,[4] and at ninth place in a 2011 Guardian version of the list.[5]

In February 2013 she was assessed as the 10th most powerful woman in the United Kingdom by Woman's Hour on BBC Radio 4.[6]

In February 2015 Rebuck succeeded Sir Neil Cossons as Pro-Provost and Chair of Council (the governing body) at the Royal College of Art; she joined the RCA Council in 1999.[7]


She was married to Philip Gould, Lord Gould of Brookwood, until his death in November 2011. The couple had two daughters, Georgia Gould who currently serves as leader of the Camden London Borough Council and Grace Gould.[8]


Rebuck was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2000 New Year Honours,[3][9] and promoted to Dame Commander (DBE) in the 2009 Birthday Honours.[10][11]

In 2014, it was announced that Rebuck was to become a Labour peer in the House of Lords, following in the footsteps of her late husband. She was created a Life Peer on 18 September 2014, taking the title Baroness Rebuck, of Bloomsbury in the London Borough of Camden.[12]


  1. ^ Gail Rebuck works at PENGUIN RANDOM HOUSE LIMITED since 1 July 2013 currently as a Director (PUBLISHER)
  2. ^ Boyd Tonkin, "Gail Rebuck: Power behind the prose", The Independent, 4 September 2010.
  3. ^ a b c "Best of British Industry Awards - Gail Rebuck". Archived from the original on 11 September 2011. Retrieved 28 September 2011.
  4. ^ Robert McCrum, "Our top 50 players in the world of books", The Observer, 5 March 2006.
  5. ^ Books Power 100: Gail Rebuck #9, The Guardian, 24 September 2011.
  6. ^ "The Power List 2013", Woman's Hour, BBC Radio 4.
  7. ^ "New Chair of Council at the Royal College of Art". Retrieved 18 June 2015.
  8. ^ Tim Adams. "Philip Gould: a good life and death | Politics". The Guardian. Retrieved 23 June 2017.
  9. ^ "No. 55710". The London Gazette (Supplement). 31 December 1999. p. 10.
  10. ^ Graham Ruddick, "Random House boss Gail Rebuck leads Queen's birthday honours for financial world", The Daily Telegraph, 13 June 2009.
  11. ^ "No. 59090". The London Gazette (Supplement). 13 June 2009. p. 7.
  12. ^ "No. 60997". The London Gazette. 24 September 2014. p. 18554.