Nigel Newton

Nigel Newton (born 16 June 1955) is an American-born British publisher. He is the founder and chief executive of Bloomsbury Publishing Plc.

Nigel Newton
Born (1955-06-16) 16 June 1955 (age 64)
Alma materSelwyn College, Cambridge
OccupationFounder and chief executive of Bloomsbury Publishing
Spouse(s)Joanna Newton
Parent(s)Peter Newton
Anne St. Aubyn
RelativesKenneth Newton (uncle)

Early lifeEdit

Nigel Newton was born on 16 June 1955 in San Francisco, California.[2][3] He was born into a "wealthy family", with an American mother and an English father.[4] His father, Peter Newton, was a Napa Valley winemaker, the founder of Sterling Vineyards and Newton Vineyard.[5]

Newton earned a degree in English from Selwyn College, Cambridge.[2][3]


Newton began his career as assistant to the sales director at Macmillan.[3][6] He later worked for Sidgwick and Jackson.[3]

Newton conceived the idea of Bloomsbury in 1984 and the name of the company shortly thereafter; he first approached David Reynolds to join him in 1985 and later they brought on board Liz Calder and Alan Wherry. The four of them launched the company together in 1986.

Personal lifeEdit

Newton is married to Joanna, they have three children, Catherine, Alice and William, and live in London and East Sussex.[1][7][8]


  1. ^ a b "IN THE MONEY: Nigel Newton, 62, chief exec, Bloomsbury". Retrieved 26 February 2018.
  2. ^ a b "The board". Bloomsbury Publishing. Retrieved March 28, 2017.
  3. ^ a b c d Jacobs, Emma (April 23, 2010). "20 questions: Nigel Newton, Bloomsbury". Financial Times. Retrieved March 28, 2017.
  4. ^ Morais, By Richard C. "Bloomsbury blooms". Retrieved 26 February 2018.
  5. ^ Fox, Margalit (18 February 2008). "Peter Newton, Napa Vintner, Dies at 81". New York Times. Retrieved 26 February 2018.
  6. ^ "Nigel Newton: Is there life after Harry? You can bet your Hogwarts there is". The Independent. July 2, 2005. Retrieved March 28, 2017.
  7. ^ "Why a bookcase is a living museum of your mind according to whiz publisher Nigel Newton". 19 May 2017. Retrieved 26 February 2018.
  8. ^ "Nigel Newton". Retrieved 26 February 2018.