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Patrick J. Spain (born 1952) is the co-founder of Hoover's, founder of HighBeam Research and is now the Chairman and CEO of news aggregation site Newser.

His father was a career service officer James W. Spain who was a U.S. ambassador to Tanzania, Turkey and Sri Lanka. Spain was born in Pakistan and grew up Turkey and Washington, DC.

He graduated from the University of Chicago in 1974 with a bachelor's in ancient history. He graduated from Boston University law school in 1979 and went to work as an associate counsel for Extel a telex manufacturer.[1]

In 1990 he moved to Austin, Texas where he and University of Chicago friends Gary Hoover and Alan Chai, Along with Alta Campbell, founded Hoover's starting out with a profile of 500 companies in a printed almanac. In 1993 America Online began publishing the profiles online and the company took off.[1]

He left as chairman of Hoover's in 2002. He then started what would become HighBeam Research, which had a subscription research service that allowed users access to tens of millions of articles from thousands of publications. He sold HighBeam in December 2008 to Cengage Learning.


  1. ^ a b Howard Wolinsky. "Chicago keeps calling to Spain." Chicago Sun-Times. Chicago Sun Times. 2004. Retrieved January 27, 2009 from HighBeam Research:


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