Michael Wolff: 5 things to know about the 'Fire and Fury' author
Says Wolff: Trump — senior advisers, family members, every single one of them, questions his intelligence and fitness for office."
Michael Wolff's bombshell tell-all of the behind the scenes of the Trump White House is flying off shelves. The publishers of the book, Henry Holt, pushed up the release date amid the controversy and interest surrounding the book.
Here are something you might not have known about the author behind "Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House."
1. Wolff is a Paterson native
Wolf was born in Paterson in 1953 to journalist Marguerite Wolff and advertiser Lewis Wolff of President of Force, Inc. The family also owned Wolff Gallery in Franklin Lakes. The Wolffs lived in Franklin Lakes, North Haledon and later, Fair Lawn.
Wolff's mother became a reporter for the Paterson Evening News in 1943, and worked there as a military reporter and general assignment reporter, until the birth of her first child, Michael.
The Wolff family was the subject of a New York Magazine cover story penned by Michael Wolff, retelling the family's three-year struggle to deal with the Wolff matron's increasing dementia. She died in 2012 at the age of 86. Her husband died in 1984.
Wolff is 64 and lives in Manhattan.
2. He is a contributor to several large publications
Wolff is a regular contributor to both USA TODAY and Vanity Fair, and an editorial director of Adweek Media, which provides marketing, media and advertising news.
Previously he was a columnist at New York magazine. He is also a two-time National Magazine Award winner.
3. Wolff is a businessman
Newser, a news curation website that summarizes stories into easy-to-digest briefs, was founded by Wolff in 2007. In 1993, he founded Wolff New Media, an internet information-packaging company. He left that firm in 1997.
He also made it into Forbes billionaires list in 2017 (No. 90) and the Forbes 400 (No. 39) in the same year.
In 2016, Forbes ranked him 35th on its Powerful People list.
4. 'Fire and Fury' isn't his first title
The White House tell-all is the newest of Wolff's five books. He published his first book in 1979 at age 25.
His titles include:
- "White Kids" (1979)
- "Where We Stand: Can America Make It in the Global Race for Wealth, Health, and Happiness?" (1992)
- "Autumn of the Moguls: My Misadventures With the Titans, Poseurs, and Money Guys Who Mastered and Messed Up Big Media" (2003)
- "The Man Who Owns the News: Inside the Secret World of Rupert Murdoch" (2008)
- "Television Is the New Television: The Unexpected Triumph of Old Media In the Digital Age" (2015)
5. Rupert Murdoch was the subject of his last inside look
Before the Trump tell-all, Wolff spent some time with 86-year-old media mogul Ruper Murdoch to pen the biography of the Australian native who owns Fox News, The Times of London and The Wall Street Journal.
Media columnist Michael Wolff talks about his time with Murdoch while writing the biography 'The Man Who Owns the News,' and what’s going on behind the scenes of a potential Time Warner deal.