Japanese Company Nikkei Inc. Buys 'Financial Times'

Copies of the Financial Times newspaper sit in a rack at a newsstand in London, Britain July 23, 2015. British publisher Pearson has decided to sell the Financial Times to a "global, digital news company" after owning the business newspaper for nearly 60 years, a person familiar with the deal said on Thursday. Pearson, which has become the world's leading education provider, later confirmed that it was in advanced discussions regarding a potential disposal of FT group, which includes the pink-paged paper, its website and its share in the Economist, but declined to provide further details. Peter Nicholls/Reuters

Updated | Pearson has agreed the sale of FT Group, which included the newspaper the Financial Times to Nikkei Inc. for $1.3 billion, payable in cash, according to a press release on its website.

While users on social media began guessing even the most outlandish purchasers—Daily Mail, Buzzfeed and recently scandalized Gawker—in the end it was a Japanese financial newspaper.

Financial Times is a beloved financial newspaper among those in the business sector. While many publications cannot sustain a harsh paywall, Financial Times has successfully sold their paper and site with such a paywall in place for years. Michael Bloomberg, the namesake of his finance and media company and former mayor of New York City, once boasted the Times was one of the few publications he read daily (he also reads the Economist, his own website and Newsweek.)

After his flattering comments about the FT, it was thought he might purchase the company, but it wasn't to be.

Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that the Pearson had agreed to the sale of the FT Group to Nikkei Inc. for $977 million. The sale was for 844 million pounds, or approximately $1.3 billion.

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