Mortimer Benjamin “Mort” Zuckerman (born June 4, 1937) is a Canadian-born American media proprietor, magazine editor, and investor. He is the co-founder, executive chairman and former CEO of Boston Properties, one of the largest real estate investment trusts in the United States. Zuckerman is also the owner and publisher of the New York Daily News and of U.S. News & World Report, where he serves as editor-in-chief. He formerly owned The Atlantic and Fast Company. On the Forbes 2016 list of the world’s billionaires, he was ranked No. 688 with a net worth of US$2.5 billion.
Early life and education
Zuckerman was born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, the son of Esther and Abraham Zuckerman, who owned a tobacco and candy store. His family was Jewish, and his grandfather was an Orthodox rabbi. Zuckerman entered McGill University at the age of 16. He graduated from McGill with a BA in 1957 and a BCL in 1961, although he never took the bar exam. That same year, Zuckerman entered the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, where he earned an MBA degree with a distinction of honor. In 1962, he received an LLM degree from Harvard Law School.
After graduating, Zuckerman remained at Harvard Business School as an associate professor for nine years. He also taught at Yale University. Zuckerman spent seven years at the real estate firm Cabot, Cabot & Forbes, where he rose to the position of senior vice president and chief financial officer.
In 1980, he purchased the literary magazine The Atlantic Monthly, where he was the chairman from 1980 to 1999. In 1999 he sold the magazine to David G. Bradley for US$12 million. Commenting on this sale and that of Fast Company magazine, which he sold for $365 million at the height of the tech boom in 2000, he quipped, “I averaged out.”
While he still owned Atlantic Monthly, in 1984, Zuckerman bought U.S. News & World Report, where he remains its editor-in-chief.
|Born||Mortimer Benjamin Zuckerman
June 4, 1937
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
|Residence||Upper East Side, Manhattan
East Hampton, New York
Aspen, Colorado, US
|Alma mater||McGill University
University of Pennsylvania
|Occupation||Executive chairman of Boston Properties
Editor-in-chief of U.S. News & World Report
Publisher of the New York Daily News
|Net worth||US$2.5 billion (Forbes 2016)|
|Spouse(s)||Marla Prather (1996–2001; divorced)|
|Children||Abigail (born 1997, with Prather)
Renée Esther (born December 19, 2008)