‘Rolling Stone’ Owner Puts Son, 22, In Charge Of RollingStone.com

Are you fresh out of college and unable to find a job? Then you’re probably not Gus Wenner, a 22-year-old recent graduate who was just named the editor at RollingStone.com.

Coincidentally, Gus is the son of Jann Wenner, the owner of Rolling Stone‘s publisher Wenner Media.

An email sent out to Rolling Stone staffers and picked up by Gawker reads:

Dear all:

David Kang and I are very pleased —and I am very proud —to announce that Gus Wenner, after leading the re-launch re-design effort for our website, will now continue by heading up the overall operations of RollingStone.com.


Jann also confirmed with Gawker that the email and Gus’ appointment are the real deal.

Strangely, the announcement has been coupled with a lot of passive-aggressive criticism among various publications. FishbowlNY deadpans that the staff at RollingStone.com are probably “excited as well.”

Gawker didn’t pull any punches, either. They mock Gus’ accomplishments thus far:

“Gus Wenner, 22, is an amazing media success story. Just a few years ago, he was a Brown University student playing in a band with fellow celebukid Brown student Scout Willis. Today, he’s still playing in a band with Scout Willis— and also running the website of a major national magazine!”

And then cheekily invite Rolling Stone staff members to respond:

“RollingStone.com staffers should feel free to leave their thoughts on this development in the discussion section below.”

We don’t know if any did.

What do you think of Gus Wenner’s controversial appointment as editor at RollingStone.com?

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