William Randolph Hearst Jr.

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William Randolph Hearst Jr.
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Born(1908-01-27)January 27, 1908
DiedMay 14, 1993(1993-05-14) (aged 85)
Resting place Cypress Lawn Memorial Park
Alma mater University of California, Berkeley
Occupation(s)Businessman, newspaper publisher
Employer Hearst Corporation
    Alma Walker
    (m. 1928;div. 1932)
      Lorelle McCarver
      (m. 1933;div. 1948)
        Austine McDonnell
        (m. 1948;died 1991)
Children William Randolph Hearst III
John Augustine Hearst
Parent(s) William Randolph Hearst
Millicent Willson

William Randolph Hearst Jr. (January 27, 1908 – May 14, 1993) was an American businessman and newspaper publisher. He 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 Khrushchev, and associated commentaries in 1955.


Early life and education

Hearst was born on January 27, 1908, in Manhattan, New York City, to William Randolph Hearst and his wife, Millicent Willson.

Hearst attended the University of California, Berkeley and was a member of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity. [1]


Hearst 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.

Hearst was a member of the Sons of the American Revolution. He makes a brief appearance in the musical adaptation of Newsies as Bill.

Personal life

Hearst was married three times:

He had two sons with McDonnell:

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