John William Henry II is the publisher and owner of The Boston Globe. He purchased The Globe and its affiliated businesses in 2013, becoming only the third owner in the history of the newspaper. The Boston Globe is the largest newspaper in New England. On August 3, 2013, both The Boston Globe and The New York Times reported that Henry had agreed to purchase The Boston Globe along with the Worcester, Massachusetts Telegram & Gazette newspaper. He also purchased related New England media properties for $70 million in cash from The New York Times Company, which had paid $1.1 billion for The Globe in 1993.
After the announcement, the ownership of The San Diego Union-Tribune alleged that it had outbid Henry for The Globe but that management of The Times Company had not fairly handled the process, to the detriment of Times Company shareholders.
In 2014, Henry sold the Worcester (Massachusetts) Telegram & Gazette to Halifax Media Group, which in 2011 had previously purchased 16 former New York Times Company-owned newspapers. After acquiring a fortune in the early 1980s from his trading firm J.W. Henry & Co., John Henry started building a sports empire. Henry and his partner Tom Werner bought the Boston Red Sox in 2002 for $380 million and in 2004 under his helm, the Red Sox won their first World Series 86 years. Their Fenway Sports Group holds the majority stake in New England Sports Network and Nascar's Roush Fenway Racing. Henry also has a stake in Premier League soccer team Liverpool, which won the Champions League in June 2019.
In 2017, he moved the 145-year old Boston Globe 145-year-old back to downtown Boston where it was founded.
Through the John W. Henry Family Foundation, he and his wife Linda Pizzuti Henry have supported dozens of organizations devoted to improving health care.
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