Gillian Tett

Gillian Tett (born 10 July 1967)[3] is a British author and journalist at the Financial Times, where she is chair of the editorial board and editor-at-large, US.[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]

Gillian Tett
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Tett at the Financial Times Autumn Party, September 2014
Personal details
Born (1967-07-10) 10 July 1967 (age 54)[1]
ChildrenTwo daughters
EducationNorth London Collegiate School
(Girls' independent day school)
Alma materClare College, Cambridge
(PhD in Social Anthropology)[2]
OccupationUS Managing Editor, Financial Times


Tett was educated at the North London Collegiate School, an independent school for girls in Edgware, in the London Borough of Harrow in northwest London,[9] during which time, at the age of 17, she worked for a Pakistani nonprofit.[8]

After leaving school, Tett went to Clare College, 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 careerEdit

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 Lex column.[13][14][15][16] 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 ethnographic research to J.P. Morgan and discovered that the insular culture was leading to the creation of financial instruments that had little basis and that could cause severe economic disruption. In 2006, she predicted the financial crisis.[8][18] 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]

In 2010 Tett interviewed author Sebastian Mallaby on C-SPAN about his book More Money Than God: Hedge Funds and the Making of a New Elite providing a very clear image of hedge funds. Mallaby introduced "James Simons, founder of the Renaissance Technologies hedge fund and arguably the most successful investor of all time"[19] but who was virtually unknown in 2010.[20]

Tett is a single parent to two daughters.[21]

Fool's GoldEdit

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[22][23][24][25] and won the Spear's Book Award for the financial book of 2009.

Anthro-Vision: A New Way to See in Business and LifeEdit

Anthro-Vision, a New Way to See in Life and Business, published in June 2021, concerns the behaviour of organizations, individuals, and markets by looking through an anthropological lens. Daniel Kahneman praised Anthro-Vision as "a really brilliant book”.

Awards and honoursEdit


  • Saving the Sun: How Wall Street Mavericks Shook Up Japan's Financial World and Made Billions, 2004 (ISBN 978-0060554255).
  • 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, 2010 ISBN 978-1-4165-9857-2)
  • The Silo Effect: The Peril of Expertise and the Promise of Breaking Down Barriers, 2015 (ISBN 978-1451644739)
  • Anthro-Vision: A New Way to See in Business and Life, 2021

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Tett, Gillian". Retrieved 27 September 2014.
  2. ^ "Financial Times appoints Gillian Tett US managing editor". Financial Times. Retrieved 27 September 2014.
  3. ^ "Birthdays". The Guardian. 10 July 2014. p. 31.
  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". Press Gazette. Retrieved 24 July 2009.
  6. ^ Robinson, James (12 October 2008). "Why didn't the City journalists see the financial crisis coming?". The Guardian. Retrieved 24 July 2009.
  7. ^ MacKenzie, Donald (25 June 2009). "All Those Arrows". London Review of Books. Retrieved 24 July 2009.
  8. ^ a b c d e McKenna, Brian (2011):Bestselling Anthropologist "Predicted" Financial Meltdown of 2008 Archived 26 February 2014 at the Wayback Machine, Society for Applied Anthropology Newsletter
  9. ^ Accomplished ONLS – Distinguished ONLS List Archived 7 May 2014 at the Wayback Machine Publisher: North London Collegiate. Retrieved: 23 February 2014.
  10. ^ Medland, Dina (2009). "Take Three" (PDF). University of Cambridge. Archived from the original (PDF) on 16 July 2011. Retrieved 31 March 2010.
  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". HM Treasury. 19 May 1997. Retrieved 27 July 2009.
  14. ^ Farey-Jones, Daniel (26 September 2005). "Financial Times doubles coverage of Lex column". Brand Republic. Retrieved 27 July 2009.
  15. ^ Morgan, Jean (30 September 2007). "FT's Lex expands". Press Gazette. Retrieved 27 July 2009.
  16. ^ Ali, Rafat (6 June 2008). "WSJ To Sever Ties With Breakingviews; Selling Its Minority Stake?". Retrieved 27 July 2009.
  17. ^ "Financial Times appoints Gillian Tett US managing editor". Financial Times. Retrieved 27 September 2014.
  18. ^ Barton, Laura (31 October 2008). "On the money". The Guardian. Retrieved 24 July 2009.
  19. ^ Patterson, Scott (16 June 2010). "The Long and Short of It: You'd be secretive, too, if you were making billion-dollar bets". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 31 December 2015.
  20. ^ "After Words with Sebastian Mallaby". C-Span. 16 July 2010. Retrieved 31 December 2015. Interviewer Gillian Tett
  21. ^ "The 60-second interview: Gillian Tett, U.S. Managing editor, Financial Times".
  22. ^ Allentuck, Andrew (3 July 2009). "Imaginary money". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 27 July 2009.
  23. ^ Barrett, Paul M. (12 June 2009). "Rewriting the Rules". The New York Times. Retrieved 27 July 2009.
  24. ^ Murali, D. (19 July 2009). "Money, a vital fluid that must flow freely". The Hindu. Retrieved 27 July 2009.
  25. ^ Sunderland, Ruth (7 June 2009). "They had parties, we got the hangover". The Guardian. Retrieved 27 July 2009.
  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". Press Gazette. 8 April 2008. Archived from the original on 17 December 2008. Retrieved 27 July 2009.
  28. ^ "British Press Awards 2009: The full list of winners". Press Gazette. 1 April 2009. Archived from the original on 17 December 2008. Retrieved 27 July 2009.
  29. ^ Foley, Stephen (1 May 2009). "Fool's Gold, By Gillian Tett". The Independent. Retrieved 24 July 2009.
  30. ^ "Spear's Book Awards: Winners". Spear's Wealth Management Survey. Archived from the original on 17 October 2013. Retrieved 27 July 2009.
  31. ^ "The British Academy President's Medal". British Academy. Retrieved 23 July 2017.
  32. ^ "Colleges announce commencement speakers @insidehighered". Retrieved 27 September 2014.
  33. ^ "FT's Gillian Tett receives honorary degree". Lancaster University. 21 July 2015. Retrieved 22 December 2017.
  34. ^ "Honorary graduates 2016-17, Gillian Tett (DLitt)". University of Exeter. 2016. Retrieved 22 December 2017.
  35. ^ "Honorary Degree Recipients". University of Miami. 2017. Retrieved 22 December 2017.
  36. ^ Gillian Tett (6 May 2016). "Commencement speech for University of Miami "Connecting the dots in a dangerous fragmented world"" (PDF). University of Miami. Retrieved 22 December 2017.
  37. ^ Pete Wilson (21 December 2017). "Goldsmiths Fellowships for stars who inform, engage, and entertain". Goldsmiths, University of London. Retrieved 22 December 2017.
  38. ^ "CMU Commencent and TepperSchool Diploma Ceremonies Honored Graduates and Faculty". Carnegie Mellon University. 2017. Retrieved 22 December 2017.

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