October 28, 2021

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Who’s Who

Who’s Who (or “Who is Who”) is the title of a number of reference publications, generally containing concise biographical information on a particular group of people. The title is also used as an expression meaning a collection or group of noted persons; as in the sentence, “The actors in the film were a Who’s Who of the great American comedians of the time”.

The title “Who’s Who” is in the public domain, and thousands of Who’s Who compilations of varying scope and quality have been published by various authors and publishers. The oldest and best known is the annual British publication Who’s Who, a reference work on contemporary prominent people.

Many publications using the title are vanity publications, where the inclusion criterion is the biographee’s willingness to buy the book, with the business model consisting of selling books directly to the biographees.

1 Notable examples
2 Similar publications
3 See also
4 References
Notable examples
The Who’s Who in Building & Construction is a regional magazine and buyers guide targeted at commercial construction contractors first published by Jefferson Valley, New York-based Contractors Register in 2015. The magazine replaced the old hardbound Blue Book of Building and Construction, which had been published annually in 38 states since 1913. The inaugural issue was released in the Washington DC / Baltimore metro area in fall of 2015, followed by a national launch in spring of 2016.
Who’s Who, a listing of prominent British people since 1849; people who have died since 1897 are listed in Who Was Who
Marquis Who’s Who, a series of books published by Marquis, primarily listing prominent American people but including Who’s Who in the World. Forbes Magazine currently bases 10% of the methodology for its America’s Best Colleges list on alumni listings in Who’s Who in America, the flagship title of Marquis Who’s Who.
Who’s Who in New Zealand, twelve editions published at irregular intervals between 1908 and 1991
Canadian Who’s Who, a listing of prominent Canadians since 1910
Who’s Who in Switzerland, published from 1953 to 1996 and then Swiss Who’s Who, a listing of prominent Swiss since 2015[1]
Who’s Who in Australia, a listing of prominent Australians since 1923
Who’s Who in American Art, a listing of prominent American artists
Template:Fr Who’s Who in France, a listing of prominent French or people living in France since 1953
Who’s Who in British History
Who’s Who in Scotland, a listing of prominent Scots since 1986
Who’s Who, by Metron Publications, a listing of prominent Greeks since 1992
Who’s Who in the DC Universe a listing of DC Comics characters
Who’s Who Among American High School Students listing what it deems to be American high school and college students who particularly excel in the realm of academic achievement. The publishing company closed in 2007.
Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities & Colleges, published by Randall-Reilly Publishing Co., LLC is a list of high achieving college students nominated by the college faculty.
Who’s Who in American Real Estate, a resource tool of professional real estate agents in America since 1983.
Who’s Who of Southern Africa, a resource tool of noteworthy people in Southern Africa, and a professional networking platform. It is not the same as the official print publication, but a website which anyone may join and create their own profile.
Hinterland Who’s Who, a series of 60-second public service ads profiling Canadian animals and birds, produced by Environment Canada in the 1960s
International Who’s Who by Europa Publications, a Taylor and Francis imprint
Who’s Who in the CIA, a book published in East Berlin in 1968 with the assistance of the KGB and the HVA purporting to reveal the identities of thousands of CIA officers.
Nihon Tarento Meikan: Talent Who’s Who in Japan, a listing of Japanese celebrities, or tarentos, since 1970
Similar publications
Some Who’s Who books have a title in the language of the country concerned:

Croatian: Tko je tko u Hrvatskoj, bilingual edition (1993)
Danish: Kraks Blå Bog (since 1910) annually
German: Wer ist’s? (1905–1935) and Template:Interlanguage link multi (since 1951) almost annually
German: for East Germany: Template:Interlanguage link multi[2]
Norwegian: Hvem er Hvem? (since 1912) 14 editions in the 20th century
South Africa: Who’s Who of Southern Africa (since 1910) annually
Spanish: ¿Quién es quién?
Swedish: Vem är det (since 1912) every second year