Sidney Harman (pictured above with wife Jane), owner of Newsweek and website The Daily Beast, has died at the age of 92, his family says in a statement. The causes are named as complications from acute myeloid leukemia.
He died in Washington D.C. surrounded by family. Various memorials will be held in both Washington and in Los Angeles, though the funeral will be private. Harman had just purchased Newsweek in August 2010, after years of working in another field. He began selling FM radios in the 1950s and built that into audio equipment company Harman International Industries, which he served as CEO for until he was 88 years old.
Daily Beast columnist Jonathan Alter recently writes of Harman:
Sidney Harman wasn’t a journalist but he believed in the mission of good
journalism–to shed light on a variety of stories that help us
understand the world and to have some fun doing it. He entered our
business late in life but at the right time and for the right reasons.
We will miss him.
Newsweek editor Tina Brown says, “He was a magical man, full of intellectual curiosity and a desire to
see Newsweek reflect the pursuit of ideas. We very quickly formed both a great editorial
relationship and a warm personal friendship. I shall miss him
tremendously. The family’s commitment to the magazine he loved so much
is solidly continuing, in partnership with Barry Diller and IAC.”
Harman is survived by his wife Jane, two children and two stepchildren.