AFR Magazine celebrates its 20th anniversary today

May 1, 2015

92-page special issue features exclusive interviews with the children of some of the country’s wealthiest families

Special dinner for advertisers with guest speaker the hon. Julie bishop


Fairfax Media’s The Australian Financial Review Magazine, the country’s first monthly newspaper inserted glossy magazine, celebrates its 20th anniversary with a special 92-page issue out today.

The special issue looks at the technological revolution and asks why, when technology has become the leitmotif of the times, we seem to be living in an age of nostalgia and with exclusive access, The AFR Magazine interviews the scions of some of Australia’s wealthiest families about life and love, inheritance and giving back.

“This is a symbolic milestone for The AFR Magazine, a moment in which to look backwards as well as forwards,” The AFR Magazine Editor Katrina Strickland said. “The magazine has changed with the times, being published digitally across desktop and tablets today as well as in the traditional glossy, large format print. But its core mission of reporting issues of substance with style and matters of style with substance, with all the independence, integrity and depth that its host paper is renowned for, has remained remarkably stable.”

Over the past two decades, The AFR Magazine’s cover subjects have been diverse, ranging from politicians, to Australian business people and internationally renowned creatives.

Inserted into The Australian Financial Review on the last Friday of each month, The AFR Magazine has always been a pioneer, with annual signature issues on Fashion, Design, Wealth and Power.

The AFR Magazine has experienced significant readership growth in recent years, with a 26% year on year increase to 182,000 in February 2015*. The magazine won Best Newspaper

Inserted Magazine at the Australian Magazine Awards in both 2013 and 2014.

To celebrate its anniversary, The AFR Magazine hosted a private dinner at Sydney’s est. restaurant earlier this week. Foreign Affairs Minister The Honourable Julie Bishop addressed the audience of more than 80 key advertisers on her 20 years in politics, while Fairfax Media Chief Executive Greg Hywood recalled launching the magazine in 1995, when he was Editor of The Australian Financial Review newspaper.

Source: * emmaTM conducted by Ipsos MediaCT, people 14+ for the 12 months ending February 2015


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