The Economist

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The Economist magazine was founded in 1843 and has been an establishment publication from its inception. In 2006, the magazine's circulation was over 1 million copies, with the UK accounting for 158,000 copies and more than half sold in the US.[1] By 2010 this had increased to over 1.4 million copies.[2]

The Economist Group

The Economist Group owns and publishes the news magazine The Economist. Fifty per cent of the group consists of private independent shareholders, including the Rothschild family. The other fifty per cent is owned by The Financial Times, a subsidiary of Pearson PLC.

According to their website The Economist group "is the leading source of analysis on international business and world affairs. We deliver our information through a range of formats, from newspaper and magazines to conferences and electronic services. What ties us together is the objectivity of our opinion, the originality of our insight and our advocacy of economic and political freedom around the world."


Economist Group Board of Directors

Sir Robert Wilson, Non Executive Chairman | Sir David Bell, Non-Executive Director | Rona Fairhead, Non-Executive Director | John Gardiner, Non-Executive Director | Philip Mengel, Non-Executive Director | John Micklethwait, Director | Nigel Morris, Non-Executive Director | Rupert Pennent-Rea, Non-Executive Director | Andrew Rashbass, Chief Information Officer | Simon Robertson, Non-Executive Director | Lynn Forester de Rothschild, Non-Executive Director | Lord Stevenson of Coddenham, Non-Executive Director | Chris Stibbs, Finance Director




Andrew Knight |

Key personnel


References, Resources and Contact




  1. Owen Gibson, Emmott signs off as editor of the Economist, Guardian, 21 February 2006, accessed 18 August 2010.
  2. Economist About Us, accessed 18 August 2010.
  3. Gibson, ibid.
  4. The Economist Group Our History, accessed 5 april 2011