Morning Coffee Mar 12 2012

The New Republic's New Owner

By damian ghigliotty

It seems Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes cares more about finding a new life for old media rather than making millions. The 28-year-old Hickory, N.C. native is taking a majority stake in the 98-year-old liberal magazine, the New Republic.

Baby-faced Hughes brings with him a sizable amount of expertise in new media. In addition to helping start the world's largest and most successful social networking site, he played a central role in the online efforts that made Barack Obama's presidential campaign a hit with young voters.

"Profit per se is not my motive," Hughes told the New York Times blog Media Decoder about his latest investment.

Hughes will become the New Republic's publisher and editor in chief. Martin Peretz, the former editor in chief who oversaw editorial operations from 1975 to 2010, will become a member of its advisory board. Richard Just will remain the magazine's editor.

The price Hughes paid for his stake wasn't disclosed. He said he wants to find new ways to distribute the magazine's long-form stories via tablet computers, such as Apple's iPad.

Hughes, worth an estimated $845 million, was a roommate of Mark Zuckerberg's at Harvard and ran publicity for Facebook during its early years. He left the company in 2007.

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