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Conrad Black

The Right Honourable
The Lord Black of Crossharbour
KSG
Member of the House of Lords
Assumed office
31 October 2002
currently on Leave of Absence
Personal details
Born Conrad Moffat Black
(1944-08-25) 25 August 1944 (age 72)
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Nationality Canadian (1944–2001)
British (1999–present)
Spouse(s) Joanna Hishon (1978–1992; union dissolved)
Barbara Amiel, Lady Black (m. 1992)
Children 3
Parents George Montegu Black II, Jean Elizabeth Riley
Residence Toronto, Ontario
Education Carleton University (B.A.)
Université Laval (LL.L.)
McGill University (M.A.)
Occupation Former newspaper publisher, author, columnist, broadcaster, investor
Net worth $80 million (2011)
Conrad Moffat Black
Conrad Black mug shot.jpg
Criminal charge Mail fraud, obstruction of justice
Criminal penalty Sentenced to 6½ years imprisonment. Reduced to 42 months following appeal and resentencing.
Criminal status Served 29 months before being granted bail pending a Supreme Court ordered review of his case. Reported to the Federal Correctional Institution, Miami on 6 September 2011 to serve an additional 13 months as a result of re-sentencing. He was released on 4 May 2012, due to good conduct credits shortening his sentence by five months.
Date apprehended
Surrendered 3 March 2008 11:52 am
Imprisoned at Coleman Federal Correctional Complex (inmate number 18330-424)

Conrad Moffat Black, Baron Black of Crossharbour, KSG (born 25 August 1944) is a Canadian-born British former newspaper publisher and author. He is a non-affiliated life peer.

Black controlled Hollinger International, once the world's third-largest English-language newspaper empire, which published The Daily Telegraph (UK), Chicago Sun-Times (U.S.), The Jerusalem Post (Israel), National Post (Canada), and hundreds of community newspapers in North America, before he was fired by the board of Hollinger in 2004.

In 2004, a shareholder-initiated prosecution of Black began in the United States. Over $80 million in assets were alleged to have been improperly taken and/or spent by Black. He was convicted of three counts of fraud and one count of obstruction of justice in a U.S. court in 2007 and sentenced to six and a half years' imprisonment. In 2011, two of the charges were overturned on appeal and he was re-sentenced to 42 months in prison on one count of mail fraud and one count of obstruction of justice. Black was released on 4 May 2012, after serving 37 months in prison. In recent years, Black has written numerous newspaper columns in the National Post praising or supporting Donald Trump.

Black was born in Montreal, Quebec, to a wealthy family originally from Winnipeg, Manitoba. His father, George Montegu Black, Jr., a Chartered Accountant, was the president of Canadian Breweries Limited, an international brewing conglomerate that had earlier absorbed Winnipeg Breweries (founded by George Black Senior). Conrad Black's mother was the former Jean Elizabeth Riley, a daughter of Conrad Stephenson Riley, whose father founded The Great-West Life Assurance Company, and a great-granddaughter of an early co-owner of The Daily Telegraph.



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References
  • Duplessis: Black re-worked his 1973 Master's thesis on Maurice Duplessis into a rehabilatory biographical re-examination of the controversial long-serving Quebec premier, published in 1977.
  • A Life in Progress: An autobiography, published in 1993.
  • Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Champion of Freedom: While Black was CEO of Hollinger International, the company spent millions of dollars purchasing collections of private papers of President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Black subsequently completed a 1,280-page biography, in 2003.
  • What Might Have Been: A 2004 essay of speculative history depicting the latter half of the 20th century as it might have unfolded had Japan not bombed Pearl Harbor in 1941, edited by Andrew Roberts.
  • Richard M. Nixon: A Life in Full: Black's 1,152-page 2007 biography of Richard Nixon sought to rehabilitate Nixon's legacy.
  • Rise to Greatness: The History of Canada From the Vikings to the Present (2014)
  • Selected Columns/Articles in Newspapers and Magazines
    • Black continues to contribute regular features to the National Post, the newspaper he founded in 1998 and sold in 2001. In an article there, Black indicated that his next book will describe how his business empire was destroyed while court-protected managers enriched themselves and eradicated shareholder value. He says, "The judiciary and regulators in both countries are complicit in these events. They will have much to answer for. This is the real story, and I will publish it soon."
    • In the November 2008 issue of Spear's magazine, Black wrote a diary piece from jail, detailing 'the putrification of the US justice system' and how 'the bloom is off my long-notorious affection for America'.
    • On 5 March 2009, Black contributed a piece to the online version of the conservative magazine National Review (NRO). Called Roosevelt and the Revisionists and based on his earlier biography of Roosevelt, it argued that FDR's New Deal was intended to save capitalism, and deserved conservative support. In her 9 March critique of this piece on NRO, author Amity Shlaes observed, "I will be co-hosting, with Dean Thomas Cooley of NYU/Stern, a Second Look conference on March 30 to permit scholars to present the multiple studies that suggest the New Deal and Great Depression are worth taking a look at from every angle. The great shame here is that Conrad would have added much to this event, and yet he cannot attend."
  • A Matter of Principle: Published in 2011, Black described his indictment and the trial, the subsequent conviction, imprisonment and the appeal. Woven throughout the book, Black did not hide his contempt toward the prosecutors, and the people and media whom he perceived betrayed him and harbored bias against him. Black reserved the most indignation toward the prosecutors whom he believed mounted a campaign to destroy him. The book also discussed his views on politics, corporate governance, and the U.S. justice system and its need of reform.
  • In a rebuttal, Black's defence lawyer, Edward Greenspan said "Conrad's flawed account of his own trial is a reminder of how seldom an accused person actually grasps what is going on in court". In particular, Greenspan vigorously rebuked Black's repeating the allegation of 'extortion' described in an article written by Mark Steyn for Maclean's.
  • Black continues to contribute regular features to the National Post, the newspaper he founded in 1998 and sold in 2001. In an article there, Black indicated that his next book will describe how his business empire was destroyed while court-protected managers enriched themselves and eradicated shareholder value. He says, "The judiciary and regulators in both countries are complicit in these events. They will have much to answer for. This is the real story, and I will publish it soon."
  • In the November 2008 issue of Spear's magazine, Black wrote a diary piece from jail, detailing 'the putrification of the US justice system' and how 'the bloom is off my long-notorious affection for America'.
  • On 5 March 2009, Black contributed a piece to the online version of the conservative magazine National Review (NRO). Called Roosevelt and the Revisionists and based on his earlier biography of Roosevelt, it argued that FDR's New Deal was intended to save capitalism, and deserved conservative support. In her 9 March critique of this piece on NRO, author Amity Shlaes observed, "I will be co-hosting, with Dean Thomas Cooley of NYU/Stern, a Second Look conference on March 30 to permit scholars to present the multiple studies that suggest the New Deal and Great Depression are worth taking a look at from every angle. The great shame here is that Conrad would have added much to this event, and yet he cannot attend."
  • The book "The Establishment Man", sub-titled "A Portrait of Power", by Peter C.Newman, detailing Black's early career, was published in 1982 by McClelland and Stewart;
  • The documentary film Citizen Black, which premiered at the 2004 Montreal and Cambridge film festivals, traces Black's life and filmmaker Debbie Melnyk's attempts in 2003 to interview Black, and her eventual interview. US prosecutors subpoenaed unused footage of a 2003 shareholders meeting for use in Black's trial.
  • Canadian actor Albert Schultz portrayed Black in the 2006 CTV movie Shades of Black.
  • Tom Bower's biography Conrad and Lady Black: Dancing on the Edge () was published in 2006 by Harper Collins. It was republished in August 2007 with an additional chapter reporting on the trial and its outcomes.
  • The last authorized portrait busts of Conrad Black and Barbara Amiel were created between 2001–2002 by Canadian sculptor Dr. Elizabeth Bradford Holbrook and arranged by noted Canadian artist Christian Cardell Corbet who himself also created a portrait of Black.
  • A book, Robber Baron: Lord Black of Crossharbour, was published in 2007 by ECW press and written by George Tombs;
  • Canadian artist George Walker published the wordless novel The Life and Times of Conrad Black in 2013.
  • Edge, Marc. Asper nation: Canada's most dangerous media company (2007), pp 70–97
  • Newman, Peter C. The Establishment Man: A Portrait of Power (McClelland and Stewart, 1982);
  • Siklos, Richard. Shades of Black: Conrad Black--his Rise and Fall (McClelland & Stewart Limited, 2004)
  • Skurka, Steven. Tilted: The Trials of Conrad Black (Dundurn, 2011)
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