August 24, 2011
The former Vanity Fair and New Yorker editor managed a massive coup last November: a 50/50 joint merger of her three-year-old news website The Daily Beast with 78-year-old magazine “Newsweek.” Now, Brown serves as editor-in-chief of both, impacting a combined readership of 24 million. She hopes to create an “energized, nimble 21st century news organization which combines the digital heat of The Daily Beast with the depth of ‘Newsweek.'” Many have pointed to more female-focused pages under her editorial leadership. Not only has she increased the amount of cover women from about 7% to near half, her first issue honored 150 women “who shake the world.” Brown says her greatest passion is supporting the global women’s movement through her annual Women in the World Summit, which launched last year. Her dream cover story? “Bin Laden’s three wives in a group shot,” she says. “That would be the ultimate interview!”
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