The Slatest

Amazon’s Jeff Bezos Buys the Washington Post For $250 Million

The logo for the Washington Post is displayed outside of its offices on May 1, 2009 in Washington, D.C.

Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images

The Washington Post breaks the big news about its unexpected sale:

The Washington Post Co. has agreed to sell its flagship newspaper to founder and chief executive Jeffrey P. Bezos, ending the Graham family’s stewardship of one of America’s leading news organizations after four generations. Bezos, whose entrepreneurship has made him one of the world’s richest men, will pay $250 million in cash for The Post and affiliated publications to the Washington Post Co., which owns the newspaper and other businesses.


Seattle-based Amazon will have no role in the purchase; Bezos himself will buy the news organization and become its sole owner when the sale is completed, probably within 60 days. The Post Co. will change to a new, still-undecided name and continue as a publicly traded company without The Post thereafter.

Slate, Foreign Policy, and The Root, are not part of the deal and will continue to be owned by the soon-to-be-renamed Post Co. Much more on the big news over at WaPo. Team Slate will no doubt have plenty more thoughts on this shortly. Stay tuned.