Journalist and press boss Jean-Louis Servan-Schreiber, who notably founded The Expansion, died Saturday November 28, at the age of 83, announced on Sunday Psychologies magazine, one of his most famous publications. He died of Covid-19, his family told Agence France-Presse (AFP), confirming information of Paris Match.
Born into a famous press family alongside his brother Jean-Jacques, founder of The Express, Jean-Louis Servan-Schreiber was a “Journalist and essayist with insatiable curiosity”, reported Psychologies magazine on his site. He had managed the monthly focused on well-being and personal development for ten years, turning it into a best-selling publication, available abroad.
On Twitter, the president of the Cannes Film Festival and journalist Pierre Lescure greeted a “Great press man” who has “Constantly worked on human nature and its richness”, while press boss Alain Weill paid tribute to a “Exceptional press man”. “His advice was invaluable to us in relaunching the Express”, he added.
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He dreamed of being a psychoanalyst
Born October 31, 1937 in Boulogne-Billancourt, Jean-Louis dreams of becoming a psychoanalyst as a teenager. But in this clan, the press is a family affair. Also, when he left Sciences-Po in 1960, he quite naturally joined the economic daily as a journalist. The echoes, co-founded by his father, before joining The Express of his brother.
Fascinated by the United States where he stayed regularly – he even taught at Stanford University -, Jean-Louis imported a certain vision of management and the press. The two brothers turn the weekly first “Newsmagazine” of France.
The heir quickly decides to stand on his own feet by creating his press company in 1967. It will be, alongside Jean Boissonnat, The Expansion, which becomes a powerful and essential group of the economic press (The company, Financial Life, The Letter of Expansion, The gallery...).
“I surf on social developments”
In the 1970s, the young wolf with the impeccable stingray and first-in-class appearance also made himself known to the general public as an interviewer of the ” Survey “, monthly broadcast on TF1. He notably questions President Valéry Giscard d’Estaing. He is also found at the same time as a columnist on France Inter and Europe 1. “I surf on social developments. When a phenomenon emerges, I create a journal », explains in 1979 Jean-Louis Servan-Schreiber, who sees himself as “Journalist”.
After the success of his economic group, he took over in 1997 Psychologies, which he made, with his second wife Perla, a great success. The distribution of this title, renamed Psychology magazine, quickly goes from 75,000 to 350,000 copies. In ten years, the title becomes, behind Marie Claire, the second top-of-the-range French women’s monthly in circulation and in advertising revenue. He will then sell it to the Lagardère group.
He is also the author of some twenty essays, including “80 years old, a certain age”, on old age, published in early 2019. At Servan-Schreiber, the initials are a tradition. Alongside JJSS (who died in 2006), the younger JLSS will also have succeeded in imposing his own.