Newton passed away in Apr. 1, 2009 after suffering a fatal heart attack while driving to meet his fiancee in Florida.
Fellow bloggers and friends publicly mourned his demise.
From 1988-2004 he was president of Metal Bulletin Holdings Corp. in New York, a London Stock Exchange-listed publishing and information services company. He led that company's acquisition of MAR, a publication that covered CTAs and pools. In 1994 he launched MAR/Hedge, the first independent newsletter covering the global hedge fund market. In 2000-2002 he negotiated the acquisition of Cahners Metal Group publications. He was group publisher of Metal Bulletin plc in 2002-03. He resigned to pursue other interests, including blogging on Naked Shorts.
Before he joined Metal Bulletin he was senior editor and editor in chief of World Construction Technical Publishing Co. from 1984-87.
He was appointed chief editor of World Construction and its sister publication, World Mining Equipment, when they combined and moved to London in 1985. Metal Bulletin bought WME in 1987 and Newton became consulting editor.
From 1974-76 Newton was a reporter for South Otago Newspapers Ltd, in Balclutha, NZ.
Newton was born in Wellington, New Zealand.
Newton graduated first in his class at Wellington Polytechnic (now Massey University) School of Journalism.
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