William F. Reilly, 70, founder of Summit Business Media, passed away on Friday, October 17, after a year-long battle with cancer.

Reilly enjoyed a long and fruitful career in business media. In one of the first private-equity backed ventures in media, backed by the firm of Kohlberg Kravis Roberts (“KKR”), Reilly guided PRIMEDIA’s inception, launch, and growth from zero to a $1.7 billion company in both consumer and B2B media over a 10-year period. After leaving PRIMEDIA in 1999, he acquired the Cincinnati-based company F&W, subsequently acquired Krause, then sold this special-interest consumer magazine and education company in 2005.

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