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New York, NY, USA

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James Reginato’s Biography

Writer and editor James Reginato has been a leading journalist for the past two decades. Currently a Writer-at-Large for Vanity Fair, and a contributor to Sotheby's Magazine, he was formerly W Magazine's Features Director.

Reginato has landed rare interviews with some of the world's most elusive and fascinating individuals in their extraordinary habitats, including His Highness the Aga Khan at his chateau in Chantilly, France; Rachel "Bunny" Mellon, at her remarkable Virginia estate; and the Prince of Wales, who allowed Reginato to accompany him on a week-long Royal Tour in anticipation of his 70th birthday.

In 2016, his first book was published, Great Houses, Modern Aristocrats (Rizzoli Books), a uniquely intimate and lively look at some of Great Britain's most historic and majestic houses and the remarkable families who still live inside them. In 2019, he wrote the introduction to John Richardson: At Home (Rizzoli Books). In 2022, Simon & Schuster published his book, Growing Up Getty: The Story of America’s Most Unconventional Family.
Writer and editor James Reginato has been a leading journalist for the past two decades. Currently a Writer-at-Large for Vanity Fair, and a contributor to Sotheby's Magazine, he was formerly W Magazine's Features Director.

Reginato has landed rare interviews with some of the world's most elusive and fascinating individuals in their extraordinary habitats, including His Highness the Aga Khan at his chateau in Chantilly, France; Rachel "Bunny" Mellon, at her remarkable Virginia estate; and the Prince of Wales, who allowed Reginato to accompany him on a week-long Royal Tour in anticipation of his 70th birthday.

In 2016, his first book was published, Great Houses, Modern Aristocrats (Rizzoli Books), a uniquely intimate and lively look at some of Great Britain's most historic and majestic houses and the remarkable families who still live inside them. In 2019, he wrote the introduction to John Richardson: At Home (Rizzoli Books). In 2022, Simon & Schuster published his book, Growing Up Getty: The Story of America’s Most Unconventional Family.

James Reginato’s Newsfeed

Vanity Fair
Princess Charlene and Prince Albert Leaned Sweetly on Each Other at Monaco’s Red Cross Ball

James Reginato writes about the Prince & Princess of Monaco after an appearance at Monaco's Red Cross Ball.

The New York Times
‘Growing Up Getty’ Shakes the Dust Off a Family’s Aristocratic Name

Alexandra Jacobs reviews James Reginato's latest book, Growing Up Getty: The Story of America’s Most Unconventional Dynasty.

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James Reginato’s Background

Vanity Fair
Writer-at-Large
2010 - Present
New York, NY, USA
Vanity Fair is a magazine of popular culture, fashion and current affairs published by Condé Nast in the United States.
Sotheby's Magazine
Contributing Writer
New York, NY, USA
Sotheby’s magazines enrich readers with sophisticated content related to art, design, jewels, watches, wine, real estate and much more.
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Media

A Lighthouse for Magazines
Quoted
Jul 2020
New York, NY, USA
After being forced to close due to Covid-19 restrictions, Casa Magazines in the West Village, owned by Mohammed Ahmed, was allowed to reopen due to the work of some loyal residents, including James Reginato, writer-at-large for Vanity Fair... 'Mohammed was distraught after the cops barged in, and I was outraged for them,' Reginato said.

Interviews

A billion here, a billion there: A new book tells the story of J. Paul Getty
Jul 2022
New York, NY, USA
James Reginato offers some backstory to his new book, Growing Up Getty. Notably, Reginato details how the Getty family was vastly different from some of the unflattering portrayals of rich families in the media, movies and on television.

Features

Growing Up Getty Book Publication Celebration at Canoe Place Inn
Aug 2022
On Friday evening, July 29th the beautifully restored Canoe Place Inn in Hampton Bays was the setting for a celebration of the publication of 'Growing Up Getty: The Story of America’s Most Unconventional Dynasty' by James Reginato.
18 new books to reinvigorate your summer reading.
Jul 2022
New York, NY, USA
James Reginato's new book, Growing Up Getty, with its 'cinematic depictions of the family in their element, is featured on LitHub's summer reading list.

Publications

Growing Up Getty
Author
Jul 2022
New York, NY, USA
Growing Up Getty tells the story of America’s most unconventional dynasty. James Reginato conducted extensive research, including access to J. Paul Getty’s diaries and love letters, and interviews with a wide range of family members and friends to craft this intimate look into one of recent history's most interesting families.
Hostages to Fortune: How J Paul Getty set the tone for a gilded dynasty like no other
Author
Jul 2022
London, UK
In this excerpt from his new book, Growing Up Getty, James Reginato writes about the legacy of Jean Paul Getty and his heirs.
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Awards & Endorsements

American Society of Magazine Editors
Ellie Award | Feature Design
2021
The National Magazine Awards for Print and Digital Media, also known as the Ellie Awards, honor magazines and websites that demonstrate the highest level of editorial objectives, innovation, enterprise and design. James Reginato was honored for his work on the article titled 'Let the Great World Spin', a Vanity Fair feature on the work and influence of 'megastar DJs' across the globe.