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Nigel Newton (born 16 June 1955) is a founder and Chief Executive of Bloomsbury Publishing Plc, one of the largest publishing companies in the United Kingdom. Newton was joined by David Reynolds, Liz Calder and Alan Wherry, in his new venture, which was launched at the Frankfurt Book Fair in 1986.
Bloomsbury was originally founded to publish high-quality fiction and non-fiction. It subsequently expanded to publish children's books and more widely. Newton was instrumental in the publication of the J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series, at the recommendation of his daughter, beginning in 1997. Newton has overseen Bloomsbury in its publishing of such highly regarded authors as Margaret Atwood, Khaled Hosseini and Joanna Trollope. Bloomsbury established an American subsidiary in 1998 called Bloomsbury USA. A children's subsidiary of Bloomsbury USA was founded in 2002.
Newton is a dual citizen of the US and the UK. Born and raised in San Francisco, son of noted winemaker Peter Newton, Nigel was educated at Deerfield Academy in Massachusetts. He moved to England to read English Literature at Selwyn College, Cambridge. Newton's career started as a graduate trainee at Macmillan in London. He subsequently moved to Sidgwick and Jackson as Sales Manager and eventually Deputy Managing Director.
Newton is still involved with the management of Newton Vineyards, located in St.Helena, CA.
Newton is married with three children.
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