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Hello! founder Eduardo Sánchez Junco is dead

Millionaire founder of Hello! magazine dies aged 67.

Eduardo Sánchez Junco, the millionaire founder of Britain's Hello! magazine died on 14 July, aged 67.

The celebrity and gossip magazine he launched in 1988 is a British version of the Spanish magazine Hola!, which his father began in the 1940s, and which continues to be run by the family.

Don Eduardo, as he was called in Madrid - where he resided and edited the magazine and its international versions - was known for his ease of access to European high society circles.

He famously widened the Spanish publication's international appeal, improved distribution and economised production by encouraging local content.
Eduardo's titles have attracted readers for their glossy portrayal of celebrity lives, especially in the opulence of their domestic settings. The pioneering style spawned numerous imitators, most popularly OK! magazine, which currently leads the British market in that category, followed by Hello!.

Eduardo is survived by his mother who remains honorary president of the business, his wife and three children, including Eduardo Jr, the current editor-in-chief of Hello! magazine.