William Randolph Hearst III

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William Randolph Hearst III
Born (1949-06-18) June 18, 1949 (age 74)
EducationHarvard University (BA)
Occupation(s)Businessman, philanthropist
TitleChairman of Hearst Communications Editor and Publisher Journal of Alta California [1]
SpouseMargaret Hearst
ParentWilliam Randolph Hearst Jr. (father)

William Randolph Hearst III (born June 18, 1949) is an American heir, businessman, and philanthropist.


Early life[edit]

Hearst in 1967

William Randolph Hearst III was born on June 18, 1949. His father was William Randolph Hearst Jr., and his paternal grandfather was William Randolph Hearst. He graduated from the Canterbury School in New Milford, Connecticut in 1967. He graduated from Harvard University in 1972 with an AB degree in mathematics.


He spent years as an employee of the Hearst Corporation, eventually as editor and publisher of the San Francisco Examiner. His grandfather had also headed that paper, though his father had been publisher of the New York Journal American. In some television commercials, Hearst III was shown having a conversation with his grandfather's portrait. (In fact, he was only two when his grandfather died.)

In 1976 he left the company to become the managing editor of Outside magazine which was then being started by the Rolling Stone magazine founder Jann Wenner. He returned to the company and newspaper work in 1980. In 1992 he again left his job at the company, remaining on the board of directors. The following year he succeeded his father as a trustee of the trust that controls the company and chooses the directors.

In 1996, he was a co-founder of the @Home Network Broadband Internet service with Milo Medin, cable companies Tele-Communications Inc., Comcast and Cox Cable where he served as the company's first chief executive officer.[2] In 1995, he was named partner at the Silicon Valley venture capital firm of Kleiner Perkins.[3] He sits on several boards of directors of companies in which the firm has investments, including Hearst Television.[4] He served as a member of the board of directors of Juniper Networks until May 2008.

Since 2017, he has been Editor & Publisher of the quarterly journal. Alta Journal,[5][6] and website, Alta Online.[7]


He became president of the William Randolph Hearst Foundation in early 2003. He currently serves on the board of directors at The Scripps Research Institute.


  • 1976 Roy W. Howard Award[8]


  1. ^ "A New Voice for California and the West". September 2020.
  2. ^ @Home Network Wikipedia Article
  3. ^ Deutschman, Alan (June 1995). "Stop the Presses". Wired. Vol. 3, no. 6. Retrieved 2011-03-05.
  4. ^ Hearst-Argyle Television, Inc. - Biography of William Randolph Hearst III, Director
  5. ^ "Get The PremierE Issue Free". Alta Online. Archived from the original on 5 July 2017. Retrieved 20 October 2023.
  6. ^ "Where to Find Copies of Alta Journal". Alta Online. 24 August 2023. Retrieved 20 October 2023.
  7. ^ "About Us". Alta Online. 2 November 2021. Retrieved 20 October 2023. ©2023 SAN SIMEON FILMS. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
  8. ^ "Scripps-Howard fund Names Award Winners". The New York Times. Vol. CXXVI, no. 43552 (Late City ed.). April 21, 1977. p. B22. Retrieved March 16, 2019 – via Newspapers.com.