Poll: Which Tech Billionaire Will Buy a Newspaper Next?

    by Mark Glaser
    August 6, 2013
    Will tech billionaire Bill Gates be the next to buy a failing newspaper?

    Wow. Most people were floored and surprised to hear that the Graham family sold the Washington Post newspaper to Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos. What does Bezos have in mind? Will he really leave it unchanged (doubtful)? Will he drop the print product? It will be interesting to watch, and it’s hard not to think about where this rich-guy-buys-newspaper thing might lead. Perhaps:

    > Bill Gates buys the New York Times.
    > Larry Ellison buys the San Jose Mercury News.
    > Larry Page buys the Los Angeles Times.
    > Paul Allen buys the Seattle Times.

    Why not? Which tech billionaire will strike next, grabbing a print dinosaur as a trophy to hang on their mantle? Vote in our poll and share your extended thoughts in the comments below.


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    Mark Glaser is executive editor and publisher of MediaShift and Idea Lab. He also writes the bi-weekly OPA Intelligence Report email newsletter for the Online Publishers Association. He lives in San Francisco with his son Julian and wife Renee. You can follow him on Twitter @mediatwit. and Circle him on Google+

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