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Shane Smith (born 1970) is a Canadian journalist and web entrepreneur. He is the co-founder and CEO of the international media company VICE. He gained widespread notoriety in 2006 after his online TV series VICE Guide to Travel. The New York Times has described Smith as “a cross between a punk rocker and Fortune 500 Executive”.

Smith founded VICE magazine along with Suroosh Alvi and Gavin McInnes after taking over the youth magazine Voice of Montreal in 1994. After initially publishing print articles based on offbeat alternative culture, VICE moved to creating news content and social criticism on multiple media platforms in the mid 2000s. VICE currently includes former Viacom executive Tom Freston as an advisor and filmmaker Spike Jonze as creative director. Smith has traveled to various places such as North Korea, Russia, and many other countries.
Personal life

Shane Smith was born in Ottawa, Canada to Irish immigrants. He attended the Lisgar Collegiate Institute and later graduated from Carleton University with a degree in political economy. Smith currently resides in TriBeCa, New York with his wife, Tamyka, and his two daughters Martina and Piper.

A founder of Vice, the streetwise, testosterone-fueled culture and fashion magazine, still chugs canned American beer. He still listens to Bad Brains. And he still favors tattered Vans skateboard shoes and black T-shirts. That much is the same.

It is everything else that has changed. At 40, this former hard-core devotee from Canada now oversees, with his partner, Suroosh Alvi, a mini media empire based in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, that includes not just the magazine, but also a record label, a book imprint, an online television network and an ad agency, Virtue, with Dell and Nike among its corporate clients.

He owns a loft in TriBeCa, a pub in London, a house for his mom in Palm Springs, Calif., and a mountain (yes, a mountain) in Costa Rica. His idol? No punk rocker, but a Fortune 500 executive.


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