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Gillian Tett

Gillian Tett
(l.) Gillian Tett and Vanessa Friedman
Personal details
Born 1967[1]
Citizenship British
Children Two daughters
Education North London Collegiate School
(Girls' independent day school)
Alma mater Clare College, Cambridge
(PhD in Social Anthropology)[2]
Occupation US Managing Editor, Financial Times

Gillian Tett (born 10 July 1967)[3] is a British author and award-winning journalist at the Financial Times, where she is a markets and finance columnist and U.S. Managing Editor.[4] She has written about the financial instruments that were part of the cause of the financial crisis that started in the fourth quarter of 2007, such as CDOs, credit default swaps, SIVs, conduits, and SPVs. She became renowned for her early warning that a financial crisis was looming.[5][6][7][8]


Tett was educated at the North London Collegiate School, an independent school for girls in Edgware, in the London Borough of Harrow in North West London,[9] during which time, at the age of 17, she worked for a Pakistani nonprofit.[8] After leaving school, she went up to Clare College at the University of Cambridge, where she earned a PhD in Social Anthropology[10] based on field research in Tajikistan in the former Soviet Union.[11] She expressed frustration with an academic anthropology that in her view has been committing "intellectual suicide"[8] and decided instead to pursue a career in journalism.[12]

Life and career

In 1993, Tett joined the Financial Times as a correspondent from the former Soviet Union and Europe. In 1997, she was posted to Tokyo, where she later became bureau chief.[11] In 2003, she became deputy head of the influential[13][14][15][16] Lex column. Tett was then U.S. managing editor at the FT, before working as an assistant editor and columnist before returning to the U.S. Managing Editor position.[11][17] She is also the chairwoman of the board of trustees for the Knight–Bagehot Fellowship in Economics and Business Journalism with Columbia University.

During the years 2005–2007, Tett applied her skills in [18][8] Her 2009 book Fool's Gold recounts the lead-up to the economic crisis and the eventual collapse. She also played a significant role in the 2010 documentary Inside Job about the financial crisis of 2008.[8]

Fool's Gold

Tett's 2009 book Fool's Gold: How Unrestrained Greed Corrupted a Dream, Shattered Global Markets and Unleashed a Catastrophe was widely reviewed throughout the English-speaking world[19][20][21][22] and won the Spear's Book Award for the financial book of 2009.

Awards and recognition

In 2014, Tett was named Columnist of the Year in the British Press Awards, with judges describing her column as “provocative, revealing, often counter-intuitive” and commending her for covering “a gloriously eclectic range of themes”. In 2012, she received a Society of American Business Editors and Writers (SABEW) Award for best feature article, “Madoff spins his story”.

Her other awards include a President’s Medal by the British Academy (2011), being recognised as Journalist of the Year (2009) and Business Journalist of the Year (2008) by the British Press Awards, and as Senior Financial Journalist of the Year (2007) by the Wincott Awards.

In 2010 The Daily Beast asked "Is Gillian Tett The Most Powerful Woman in Newspapers?"[23]

On 30 May 2013 Tett was awarded an honorary doctorate and gave the commencement address at the graduation ceremonies of Baruch College of the City University of New York.[24]

Personal life

Tett has two daughters.[25]

List of awards

  • 2007 – Wincott prize for financial journalism (capital markets coverage)[26]
  • 2008 – Business Journalist of the Year (British Press Awards)[27]
  • 2009 – Journalist of the Year (British Press Awards)[28]
  • 2009 – Financial Book of the Year (for Fool's Gold)[29][30]
  • 2011 – British Academy President's Medal
  • 2012 – Business Communicator of the Year (UK Speechwriters' Guild)
  • 2012 – Society of American Business Editors and Writers (SABEW) Award for best feature article, “Madoff spins his story”
  • 2014 – Columnist of the Year (British Press Awards)


  • Fool's Gold: How Unrestrained Greed Corrupted a Dream, Shattered Global Markets and Unleashed a Catastrophe ISBN 978-1-4087-0164-5 (in some markets called Fool's Gold: How the Bold Dreams of a Small Tribe at J.P. Morgan Was Corrupted by Wall Street Greed and Unleashed a Catastrophe ISBN 978-1-4165-9857-2)
  • Saving the Sun: How Wall Street Mavericks Shook Up Japan's Financial World and Made Billions (ISBN 978-0060554255).


  1. ^ "Tett, Gillian". Retrieved 27 September 2014. 
  2. ^ "Financial Times appoints Gillian Tett US managing editor". Financial Times. Retrieved 27 September 2014. 
  3. ^ "Birthdays".  
  4. ^ "Financial Times appoints Gillian Tett US managing editor". Financial Times. Financial. Retrieved 27 September 2014. 
  5. ^ Barber, Lionel (16 July 2009). "Why journalism matters: Lionel Barber's speech in full".  
  6. ^ Robinson, James (12 October 2008). "Why didn't the City journalists see the financial crisis coming?".  
  7. ^ MacKenzie, Donald (25 June 2009). "All Those Arrows".  
  8. ^ a b c d e McKenna, Brian (2011):Bestselling Anthropologist "Predicted" Financial Meltdown of 2008, Society for Applied Anthropology Newsletter
  9. ^ Accomplished ONLS – Distinguished ONLS List Publisher: North London Collegiate. Retrieved: 23 February 2014.
  10. ^ Medland, Dina (2009). "Take Three" (PDF).  
  11. ^ a b c "Gillian Tett profile". Retrieved 24 July 2009. 
  12. ^ "Saving the Sun: Shinsei and the Battle for Japan’s Future". Book launch event – author biography. The Daiwa Anglo Japanese Foundation. February 2004. Retrieved 27 July 2009. 
  13. ^ "Barclays Chief Executive to Spearhead Task Force on Tax and Benefits".  
  14. ^ Farey-Jones, Daniel (26 September 2005). "Financial Times doubles coverage of Lex column".  
  15. ^ Morgan, Jean (30 September 2007). "FT's Lex expands".  
  16. ^ Ali, Rafat (6 June 2008). "WSJ To Sever Ties With Breakingviews; Selling Its Minority Stake?".  
  17. ^ "Financial Times appoints Gillian Tett US managing editor". Financial Times. Retrieved 27 September 2014. 
  18. ^ Barton, Laura (31 October 2008). "On the money".  
  19. ^ Allentuck, Andrew (3 July 2009). "Imaginary money".  
  20. ^ Barrett, Paul M. (12 June 2009). "Rewriting the Rules".  
  21. ^ Murali, D. (19 July 2009). "Money, a vital fluid that must flow freely".  
  22. ^ Sunderland, Ruth (7 June 2009). "They had parties, we got the hangover".  
  23. ^ "The Most Powerful Woman in Newspapers?". The Daily Beast. Retrieved 27 September 2014. 
  24. ^ "Colleges announce commencement speakers @insidehighered". Retrieved 27 September 2014. 
  25. ^ "Tett offensive raises the ante in global media race". Retrieved 27 September 2014. 
  26. ^ "Press & Broadcasting Awards List of Winners: Senior Financial Journalist". The Wincott Foundation. Retrieved 27 July 2009. 
  27. ^ "British Press Awards 2008: The full list of winners".  
  28. ^ "British Press Awards 2009: The full list of winners".  
  29. ^ Foley, Stephen (1 May 2009). "Fool's Gold, By Gillian Tett".  
  30. ^ "Spear's Book Awards: Winners".  

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