William Randolph Hearst, Jr.

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William Randolph Hearst, Jr.

Birthplace: New York City, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
Death: Died in New York City, Ner York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
Place of Burial: Colma, San Mateo County, California, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of William Randolph Hearst and Millicent Veronica Hearst
Husband of Austine Byrne Hearst
Ex-husband of Alma Virginia Hearst and Lorelle Hearst
Father of William Randolph Hearst III and <private> Hearst
Brother of George Randolph Hearst, Sr.; John Randolph Hearst, Sr.; David Whitmire Hearst and Randolph Apperson Hearst
Half brother of Patricia Lake

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About William Randolph Hearst, Jr.

William Randolph Hearst, Jr. was the second son of the publisher William Randolph Hearst. He became editor-in-chief of Hearst Newspapers after the death of his father in 1951. He won a Pulitzer Prize for his interview with Soviet premier, Nikita Kruschev, and associated commentaries in 1955.

William Randolph Hearst, Jr. attended the University of California, Berkeley and was a member of the Phi Delta Theta Fraternity.

He was instrumental in restoring some measure of family control to the Hearst Corporation, which under his father's will is (and will continue to be while any grandchild alive at William Randolph Hearst Sr.'s death in 1951 is still living) controlled by a board of thirteen trustees, five from the Hearst family and eight Hearst executives. When tax laws changed to prevent the foundations his father had established from continuing to own the corporation, he arranged for the family trust (with the same trustees) to buy the shares and for longtime chief executive Richard E. Berlin, who was going senile, to be eased out to become chairman of the trustees for a period. Later William Randolph Hearst Jr. himself headed the trust and served as chairman of the executive committee of the corporation. Today his branch of the family is represented on the trustees by his son William Randolph Hearst III.


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William Randolph Hearst, Jr.'s Timeline

January 27, 1907
New York City, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
June 18, 1949
Age 42
May 14, 1993
Age 86
New York City, Ner York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
Colma, San Mateo County, California, USA