Decades before the Internet-fueled explosion of youthful tech billionaires, Patrick J. McGovern Jr. built an empire and a legacy that generated far more than an annual spot on the Forbes list of richest people. McGovern built IDG into a worldwide technology media juggernaut that foretold and fueled the global information technology revolution. At its peak, IDG Communications had publications in nearly 100 countries, started an average of one new publication somewhere in the world every two months, and grew into a $3.8 billion behemoth with more than 13,000 employees around the globe.

It owned influential global brands such as Computerworld, PCWorld, Macworld, InfoWorld, CIO, GamePro, and Network World, spawned 460 websites, ...

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