Nigel Newton is made Doctor of Letters for his contribution to literature (Wednesday morning, 18 July 2012).
He is the founder and Chief Executive of Bloomsbury Publishing. He was born and raised in San Francisco and is a dual citizen of the US and UK. He read English at Cambridge. After working at Macmillan Publishers, he joined Sidgwick & Jackson before leaving in 1986 to start Bloomsbury, which floated on the London Stock Exchange in 1994.
Now a large international corporation, Bloomsbury publishes 1,000 books a year and employs 430 people. Bloomsbury authors include JK Rowling, David Guterson, Margaret Atwood, William Boyd, Daniel Goleman, Ben McIntyre, Kate Summerscale, Elizabeth Gilbert, Heston Blumenthal, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and Khaled Hosseini.
Nigel serves as Chairman of the British Library Trust, President of Book Aid International, Chairman of the Charleston Trust, Member of the Man Booker Prize Advisory Committee, Trustee of the International Institute for Strategic Studies, St Patrick’s Church, Soho Square Executive Committee member, and Chair of Rescue The Cuckmere Valley, and past member of the Publishers Association Council. He lives in London and East Sussex with his wife Joanna and has three children, Catherine, William and Alice.