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George R. Hearst Jr., Hearst Corp. chairman, was 84

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

The grandson of newspaper scion William Randolph Hearst died Monday at Stanford University Medical Center in Palo Alto. He was 84. He had suffered a stroke at his ranch home in Paso Robles June 16. George Randolph Hearst Jr. had been a Hearst Corp. board member for 50 years and its chairman since 1996. The privately-held company, which owns the Chronicle, counts among its global properties magazines, TV stations, cable TV networks, Internet businesses and even a winery on the Central Coast, as well as 14 other daily newspapers.

Add: It was on Hearst Jr.’s watch as chairman that the company sold its oldest media property in 2000—the San Francisco Examiner—when it acquired the Chronicle. The Hearst empire had begun with the Examiner, acquired by Hearst Jr.’s great-grandfather in 1880 as payment for a gambling debt and given to his son, William Randolph Hearst, in 1887. Obit: Chronicle
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