Bob Guccione, Jr.
publisher and founder of Spin and Gear publications
Bob Guccione, Jr.
Robert Charles Guccione, Jr. is the eldest son of Penthouse founder Bob Guccione. He is best known for founding music magazine Spin.
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  • 2007
    Age 51
    In 2007, Guccione was ousted as CEO, in what was described by the New York Post as "a falling-out over philosophical differences with his financial backers about how to run the company."
    More Details Hide Details Gear was launched in published in the United Kingdom devoted chiefly to revealing pictorials of popular singers, B-movie actresses, and models, along with articles on gadgets, cars, fashion, guy tales of sex, and sports.
  • 1998
    Age 42
    Gear debuted in September 1998, with actress Peta Wilson on the cover.
    More Details Hide Details The magazine established itself with several publishing stunts such as publishing a nude photo of Women's football celebrity Brandi Chastain. Gear reached its exposure apogee when it featured a nude pictorial of then 17-year-old actress Jessica Biel, who posed while appearing on the WB-TV family drama series 7th Heaven. A controversy arose when 7th Heaven castmate, actor Stephen Collins, who played her father on the series, described the pictures as "child pornography". Others praised it as a brave move. The publication, which reached a peak circulation of 500,000 copies sold in 2001, discontinued publication in 2003. Guccione has dated several well-known and powerful women, which include journalist & Spin contributor Celia Farber, political commentator Ann Coulter, heiress Julianna Storne, and Sex and the City author Candace Bushnell. He has been married to the former Kimberlin Grace Brown since September 22, 2001.
  • 1997
    Age 41
    Guccione Jr. sold Spin to Vibe in 1997, and shortly thereafter founded Gear, which published until 2003.
    More Details Hide Details In 2005, science magazine Discover was purchased from Disney Publishing, Guccione formed Discover Media, LLC to publish the magazine.
  • 1987
    Age 31
    Guccione Jr. found new investors and relaunched Spin in late 1987.
    More Details Hide Details He managed to gather most of the magazine's old staff, and missed only one month of publication. In 1996, Guccione and Spin were sued for sexual harassment and discrimination by Staci Bonner, a former fact-checker for the magazine. He was cleared of the harassment charges, but found liable for promoting a hostile work environment and not paying Bonner comparably to a man with a comparable job position.
    In 1987, his father abruptly shut down the magazine after General Media experienced a financial dip.
    More Details Hide Details These events resulted in an estrangement between the two which lasted until the elder Guccione's passing October 20, 2010.
  • 1985
    Age 29
    In 1985, with a loan from his father, he launched Spin.
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  • 1978
    Age 22
    In 1978, after two attempts at going into the publishing business on his own, the young, London-raised Guccione, Jr. went to work for Penthouse publisher General Media International, a company owned by his father, Penthouse founder Bob Guccione.
    More Details Hide Details By the early 1980s, at which time he was running the marketing and circulation department, he left the company (and purported position as heir apparent) to once again attempt to establish his own brand.
  • 1955
    Born on September 19, 1955.
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