Jann Wenner

Magazine Founder
Born Jan 7, 1946

Jann Simon Wenner is the co-founder and publisher of the music and politics biweekly Rolling Stone, as well as the current owner of Men's Journal and Us Weekly magazines.

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1946 Birth Born on January 7, 1946.


1958 12 Years Old Wenner was born in New York City, New York, and grew up in a secular Jewish family. His parents divorced in 1958, and he and his sisters, Kate and Merlyn, were sent to boarding schools.
1963 17 Years Old He graduated from high school at Chadwick School in 1963 and went on to attend the University of California, Berkeley.


1966 20 Years Old Before dropping out of Berkeley in 1966, Wenner was active in the Free Speech Movement and produced the column "Something's Happening" in the student-run newspaper, The Daily Californian. … Read More
1967 21 Years Old In 1967, Wenner and Gleason founded Rolling Stone in San Francisco. … Read More


1977 31 Years Old Wenner founded the magazine Outside in 1977; William Randolph Hearst III and Jack Ford both worked for the magazine before Wenner sold it a year later. … Read More
1983 37 Years Old Wenner, who was made a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation in 1983, has endured controversy during his career as it relates to his involvement in the organization. … Read More


1995 49 Years Old In the summer following the start of Rolling Stone, Wenner and Jane Schindelheim were married in a small Jewish ceremony. Wenner and his wife separated in 1995, though Jane Wenner still remains a vice president of Wenner Media. … Read More


1996 50 Years Old Wenner fired notable rock critic Jim DeRogatis in 1996 after DeRogatis published a negative review for an album by the then-popular band Hootie and the Blowfish. … Read More
2004 58 Years Old From 2004 to 2006, Wenner contributed approximately $63,000 to Democratic candidates and liberal organizations.
2005 59 Years Old Wenner has been involved in the conducting and writing of many of the magazine's famous Rolling Stone Interviews. Some of his more recent interview subjects have included: Bill Clinton, Al Gore, John Kerry, and Barack Obama for the magazine during their election campaigns and in November 2005 had a major interview with U2 rockstar Bono, which focused on music and politics. … Read More


2006 60 Years Old 1 More Event
Wenner hired former FHM editor Ed Needham, who was then replaced by Will Dana, to turn his flagship magazine around, and by 2006, Rolling Stones circulation was at an all-time high of 1.5 million copies sold every fortnight. … Read More
2007 61 Years Old In June 2007, Monkees bassist Peter Tork alleged to the New York Post that Wenner is excluding the group: Hunter S. Thompson was to provide Rolling Stone coverage for the 1976 Presidential Campaign that would appear in a book published by the magazine. … Read More
2010 64 Years Old 1 More Event
…  Wenner received the Norman Mailer Prize in 2010 for his work in the publishing industry.
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