Irreplaceable You?

These Condé Nast editors in chief won't be at their magazines forever. A (premature) look at who's in the wings

They shepherd the crème de la crème of Condé Nast’s glossy magazines, wielding untold influence and earning substantial salaries. They have enviable budgets and top-flight talent at their command, their opinions are solicited, and their every word heeded.

So why would Anna Wintour (Vogue), David Remnick (The New Yorker) and Graydon Carter (Vanity Fair) want to give all that up?

Maybe they don’t, now. But sooner or later, they’ll have to. Whether due to distractions—Carter’s restaurant obsession, Remnick’s book writing, Wintour’s philanthropic and political activities—aging out (Carter and Wintour are both 62), the desire for new challenges, or the needs of a new Condé Nast regime, the company will have to deal with succession issues at all three titles.


Si Newhouse, who was most responsible for nurturing his magazines for decades and grooming their editors in chief, won’t be the one handling the transitions.



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