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Roger Dodger

Unlike his predecessors, Condé Nast C.E.O. Roger Lynch was an outsider.
Unlike his predecessors, Condé Nast C.E.O. Roger Lynch was an outsider. Photo: Brian Ach/Getty Images
Lauren Sherman
October 23, 2023

Roger Lynch, the global C.E.O. of  Condé Nast, likes to go to fashion shows. He doesn’t mind taking pictures with celebrities, either. Of course, this shouldn’t be uncommon for someone running a multi-billion dollar international fashion-publishing conglomerate. But his notability at the shows speaks to the uncommon nature of his role. 

Condé Nast, of course, is owned and controlled by Advance, the Newhouses’ family office. It was helmed for generations by Si Newhouse, an enigmatic and reclusive billionaire, who was famously a man of whims: his pastimes included indulging in his annual mitteleuropean wintertime art buying excursions, banishing garlic from the Frank Gehry cafeteria, and lavishing praise on Cicero, his beloved dog. Si’s greatest talent as an owner, however, was receding into the background in order to let his editors claim the spotlight—very much like you might expect from an experienced art patron.