Jonathan Karp

President and Publisher, Simon & Schuster, Council on Foreign Relations
New York, NY, United States

About Jonathan


Jonathan Karp is the President and Publisher of Simon & Schuster. Since joining the company in 2010, he has overseen the publication of numerous bestsellers, including Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson, Obama's Wars and The Price of Politics by Bob Woodward, The Greater Journey by David McCullough, Rin Tin Tin by Susan Orlean, A Stolen Life by Jaycee Dugard, Jack Kennedy by Chris Matthews, In One Person by John Irving, and The Bully Pulpit by Doris Kearns Goodwin. He is the editor of Hillary Rodham Clinton's memoir of her years as Secretary of State. He is also delighted to be participating in the publication of TED Books, which is distributed by Simon & Schuster.

Mr. Karp was previously Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Twelve, an imprint of the Hachette Book Group, and Editor-in-Chief of Random House, where he began his publishing career in 1989 as an editorial assistant and worked for sixteen years. Among the books he has acquired and edited are Seabiscuit by Laura Hillenbrand, The Orchid Thief by Susan Orlean, Thank You for Smoking by Christopher Buckley, The Lawgiver by Herman Wouk; Franklin and Winston by Jon Meacham, Shadow Divers by Robert Kurson, Explaining Hitler by Ron Rosenbaum, The Geography of Bliss by Eric Weiner, and memoirs by Alan Alda, Clive Davis, James Garner, Edward M. Kennedy, John McCain, Linda Ronstadt, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Donna Summer, and Henry Waxman.

He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Screen Actors Guild, and has appeared on both C-SPAN and Gossip Girl. He has written for newspapers, magazines, and the stage, including articles for The American Scholar, The New York Times Magazine, GQ, and The Washington Post; as well as the book and lyrics for an off-Broadway musical comedy, How To Save the World and Find True Love in 90 Minutes. He lives in New York City with his two children.



TED Conferences

TED2015, TED2014

I'm passionate about

Words, especially the ones in books, journalism, songs, plays, political discourse, and conversations.


Brown University - BA

Talk to me about

Your book ideas, your favorite writers, your wish for humanity, your reform agenda, the road you didn't take, vicarious experiences you'd like to have, what's on the front page.