Nigel Newton

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Nigel Newton
Born 16 June 1955
San Francisco, California, U.S.
Alma mater University of Cambridge
Occupation Publishing executive
Parent(s) Peter Newton

Nigel Newton (born 16 June 1955) is an American-born British publishing executive. He is the co-founder and chief executive of Bloomsbury Publishing Plc.

Early life[edit]

Nigel Newton was born on 16 June 1955 in San Francisco, California.[1][2] His father, Peter Newton, was a journalist for the Financial Times and later winemaker.[2][3]

Newton graduated from the University of Cambridge, where he studied English.[1][2]


Newton began his career as assistant to the sales director at Macmillan.[2][4] He later worked for Sidgwick and Jackson.[2]

Newton co-founded Bloomsbury Publishing with David Reynolds, Liz Calder and Alan Wherry in 1986.[5] Their initial clients included John Irving, Margaret Atwood, Joanna Trollope and Nadine Gordimer.[5] They subsequently published J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series, at the recommendation of his daughter, beginning in 1997.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Newton is married with three children.[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b "The board". Bloomsbury Publishing. Retrieved March 28, 2017. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Jacobs, Emma (April 23, 2010). "20 questions: Nigel Newton, Bloomsbury". Financial Times. Retrieved March 28, 2017. 
  3. ^ Fox, Margalit (February 18, 2008). "Peter Newton, Napa Vintner, Dies at 81". The New York Times. Retrieved March 28, 2017. 
  4. ^ "Nigel Newton: Is there life after Harry? You can bet your Hogwarts there is". The Independent. July 2, 2005. Retrieved March 28, 2017. 
  5. ^ a b McCrum, Robert (March 5, 2006). "Our top 50 players in the world of books". The Guardian. Retrieved March 28, 2017. 
  6. ^ Lawless, John (3 July 2005). "Revealed: The eight-year-old girl who saved Harry Potter". The New Zealand Herald. The Independent. Retrieved 30 October 2011.