The Financial Times (FT) is one of the world's leading business news and information organisations. The FT is owned by Pearson PLC.
The FT has an average daily readership of 2.2 million people worldwide (PwC audited figures, November 2011). FT.com has 4.5 million registered users and over 285,000 digital subscribers, as well as 600,000 paying users. FT Chinese has more than 1.7 million registered users. The world editions of the Financial Times newspaper had a combined average daily circulation of 293,000 copies (88,000 for the British version of the newspaper), for the period 1st - 28th October 2012.
Founded in 1888 by James Sheridan and Horatio Bottomley, the Financial Times competed with four other finance-oriented newspapers, in 1945 absorbing the last, the Financial News, which had been founded in 1884. The FT specialises in UK and international business and financial news, and is printed as a broadsheet on light salmon paper.