Hungarian roots: Joseph Pulitzer, the father of the world famous award
Joseph Pulitzer, American-Hungarian newspaper publisher who introduced the techniques of yellow journalism and established the Pulitzer Prize.
Joseph Pulitzer was born in the 10th of April in 1847 in Makó about 200km south-east of Budapest in Hungary as the son of Elize (Nerger) and Fülöp Pulitzer. The Pulitzer family was among several Jewish families living in the area, and had established a reputation as merchants and shopkeepers. As Joseph’s father was the second foremost merchants of Makó he was rich enough to retire in 1853 and move his family to Pest.
In the capital of the Kingdom of Hungary he had the children educated by private tutors and taught French and German. In 1958 after Fölüp’s death, his business went bankrupt, and the family became impoverished.