David G. Bradley (born 1953) is the owner of Atlantic Media, which
owns and operates several prominent media companies and services
including The Atlantic,
National Journal & The Hotline, Quartz,
and Government Executive. Before his career as a publisher, Bradley
Advisory Board Company
Advisory Board Company and Corporate Executive Board, two
Washington-based consulting companies.
1 Early life and education
2 The Advisory Board Company
5 Work in the Philippines
6.1 Further reading
Early life and education
Bradley was born in Washington, D.C. and attended the Sidwell
Friends School. His parents were devout Christian Scientists. He
Swarthmore College and briefly interned in the White
House during the presidency of Richard Nixon. He received a Master of
Business Administration from
Harvard Business School
Harvard Business School and was also a
Fulbright Scholar in the Philippines. Bradley earned a J.D. from
Georgetown University Law Center
Georgetown University Law Center in 1983.
Bradley is brother to Barbara Bradley Hagerty, NPR Religion
Correspondent and author of Fingerprints of God: In Search of the
Science of Spirituality
The Advisory Board Company
In 1979 while only 26 years old, Bradley founded the Research Counsel
of Washington, later renamed The Advisory Board Company. The purpose
of the company, at least initially, was to do research on any question
for any industry. In 1986, the company began doing special research
for the health care industry, which eventually became the main focus
of the Advisory Board Company.
In 1983, his company had begun advising other firms in the financial
services industry. In 1997, this part of the business was spun off as
the Corporate Executive Board. Both companies are now publicly
traded, with the Advisory Board on the
NASDAQ and CEB on the NYSE.
Bradley reportedly earned over $300 million from their sale.
In 1997, Bradley made his first acquisition as a publisher, purchasing
the National Journal. He hired Michael Kelly, a well-known journalist
who had just been fired from
The New Republic
The New Republic after frequently
clashing with owner Martin Peretz. Kelly was known for his
controversial criticisms of
Al Gore and Bill Clinton, but he got along
well with Bradley.
In 1999, Bradley purchased
The Atlantic from publisher and real estate
Mort Zuckerman for a price of $10 million. Bradley replaced
the then current editor William Whitworth with Kelly. Bradley's
strategy to improve the business model of The Atlantic, which had lost
money for years, was to focus on improving editorial quality. Bradley
doubled the newsroom budget of The Atlantic, allowing the magazine to
embark on a hiring spree, offering contracts to 25 new writers.
Kelly's first hire was to bring back James Fallows, one of the
magazine's best-known journalists who had been hired away in 1996.
Bradley is also known for the great lengths he'll go to in order to
lure writers to The Atlantic. To lure away Jeffrey Goldberg, a staff
writer for The New Yorker, Bradley brought ponies to Goldberg's house
one day to show Goldberg's three young children.
After originally vowing not to move
The Atlantic from its home in
Boston for over a year, Bradley created a controversy in 2005 by
moving the offices to Washington, where his other enterprises are all
headquartered. Several prominent members of The Atlantic, such as
esteemed editor Cullen Murphy, left the magazine as a result of the
In 2014, Bradley personally led a team of volunteers trying to find
five Americans kidnapped in the Syrian War: Jim Foley, Steven Sotloff,
Kayla Mueller and Theo Curtis. In 2011, another team led
by him had released Clare Gillis, a freelancer for The Atlantic,
captured by soldiers loyal to Muammar Qaddafi. While the search was
not successful, Larry Wright wrote an article about a dinner at
Bradley's Washington house during which the families of the hostages
talked about them. To avoid a conflict of interest, Bradley directed
Wright to publish on The Atlantic's competitor, The New Yorker.
On 28 July 2017, Bradley sold his majority ownership of The Atlantic
to Emerson Collective, which is an organization owned by
multi-billionaire investor and philanthropist
Laurene Powell Jobs
Laurene Powell Jobs (the
widow of former
Apple Inc. chairman and CEO Steve Jobs), but with
Bradley retaining a minority ownership share.
Politically, Bradley considers himself a centrist.  In the 2008
U.S. presidential primaries he donated $4,300 to
Hillary Clinton and
Barack Obama and to Mitt Romney.
Work in the Philippines
In addition to publishing, Bradley works with the CityBridge
Foundation (formerly the Advisory Board Foundation), which
participates in education projects in the Philippines, where Bradley
had been a Fulbright Scholar. Bradley's wife, Katherine Brittain
Bradley, is the president.
Bradley established the Child Protection Unit (CPU) at the
Philippine General Hospital, and was a professor at the University of
the City of Manila (Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila).
     
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