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Nomi Prins is an American author, journalist, and public speaker who writes about Wall Street and the American economy.

Nomi M. Prins
Nomi Prins in June 2017 at a Congressional briefing.jpg
Prins in June 2017 at a Congressional briefing
Poughkeepsie, New York
NationalityUnited States
EducationLeonard N. Stern School of Business
Alma materState University of New York at Purchase
New York University
OccupationAuthor, Journalist and Senior Fellow at Demos
Known forAll the Presidents' Bankers: The Hidden Alliances that Drive American Power
It Takes a Pillage
Black Tuesday
Other People's Money

Prins worked as a managing director at Goldman Sachs for 2 years and as a Senior Managing Director at Bear Stearns for 7 years, and was a senior strategist at Lehman Brothers and an analyst at the Chase Manhattan Bank. Prins is known for her book All the Presidents' Bankers in which she explores over a century of close relationships between the 19 Presidents from Teddy Roosevelt through Barack Obama and the key bankers of their day based on original archival documents. Prins also received recognition for her whistleblower book, It Takes a Pillage: Behind the Bonuses, Bailouts, and Backroom Deals from Washington to Wall Street, for her views on the U.S. economy,[1][2][3] for her published spending figures on federal programs and initiatives related to the 2008 bailout,[4] and for her advocacy for the reinstatement of the Glass–Steagall Act and regulatory reform of the financial industry. She was also a member of Senator Bernie Sanders panel of top economic experts to advise on Federal Reserve reform.[5]


Nomi Prins was born in upstate New York, the oldest child in her family. Her father worked for IBM after having taught at the local college as a Mathematics professor. She received her Bachelor degree in Mathematics from State University of New York at Purchase with a minor in music and a Master in Science in Statistics from New York University.[6][7]

Career in financeEdit

During her last year, Prins worked part-time at Chase Manhattan bank, which she joined full-time after graduation as an analyst. She subsequently moved to two other firms - Bear Stearns in London for seven years and finally at Goldman Sachs for two years, after which she quit Wall Street.[8]

She has presented to numerous venues including the Federal Reserve, International Monetary Fund and World Bank Annual conference. There she covered the topic of how to get banks to better serve the real economy.[9][6]

Career as an authorEdit

Regarding her book It Takes a Pillage, author Jim Hightower said, "Nomi Prins knows the mind-set, knows how to read spreadsheets, knows the people, and knows Wall Street's games. Nomi knows and now Nomi tells." [10]

Regarding All the Presidents' Bankers:

  • "A calm, authoritative elucidation of verifiable history" — Financial Times
  • "Even those who have read Secrets of the Temple, William Greider's massive and brilliant 1987 exposé of the Federal Reserve, will find Prins's book worth their time. She presents a new narrative, one that shows how the changing cast of six has shaped America's fortunes under presidents in both parties." — American Prospect
  • "Prins divides her justifiably long text into digestible one- to three-page segments and seamlessly incorporates dozens of prominent banker profiles. Her work is highly recommended both to general readers and to students of financial history." — Library Journal
  • "A revealing look at the often symbiotic, sometimes-adversarial relationship between the White House and Wall Street... [A] sweeping history of bank presidents and their relationships with the nation's chief executives" — Kirkus Reviews


Prins’s articles have appeared in The New York Times, Fortune, Newsday, Mother Jones,, The Guardian, The Nation, The American Prospect, Alternet, New York Daily News, La Vanguardia, and other publications.[11][12] She is a monthly contributor to Tom Dispatch where she offers analysis on the connections between Wall Street and Washington.[13] Currently, she is working on her latest book that will focus on the movement of money by central banks to influence global markets and economic policy in the domestic and global scale. The Nation Books holds the worldwide English rights to the forthcoming publication.[14]


  • Collusion: How Central Bankers Rigged the World - Publisher: Nation Books (5/1/18): ISBN 978-1568585628. The author claims that central bankers control global markets and dictate economic policy.[15]
  • All the Presidents' Bankers: The Hidden Alliances that Drive American Power - Publisher: Nation Books (4/8/14): ISBN 978-1568587493.
  • It Takes a Pillage: Behind the Bonuses, Bailouts, and Backroom Deals from Washington to Wall Street - Publisher: John Wiley & Sons (9/22/09); ISBN 0-470-52959-8; ISBN 978-0-470-52959-1.
  • Other People's Money: The Corporate Mugging of America - Publisher: New Press (8/1/06); ISBN 1-59558-063-8; ISBN 978-1-59558-063-4. An account of corporate corruption, political collusion and Wall Street deception. This book was chosen as a Best Book of 2004 by The Economist, Barron's and The Library Journal.
  • Jacked: How "Conservatives" are Picking your Pocket (whether you voted for them or not) - Publisher: Polipoint Press (9/1/06); ISBN 0-9760621-8-6; ISBN 978-0-9760621-8-9. Catalogs her travels around the USA talking to people about their economic lives.[16]
  • Black Tuesday - Publisher: CreateSpace 2011 - ISBN 1-4635-5766-3. A historical novel about the Crash of 1929.


  1. ^ "After Words with Nomi Prins". Book TV. Retrieved 2015-04-22.
  2. ^ Leopold, Les (November 6, 2009). "To Create Jobs on Main Street, We Need to Kill Jobs on Wall Street". Huffington Post. Retrieved 2012-06-18.
  3. ^ "How Change Is Stymied".
  4. ^ "Bailout Tally Report by Nomi Prins and Krisztina Ugrin". September 2009. Retrieved 2012-06-18.
  5. ^ "Top Economists to Advise Sanders on Fed Reform". Sen. Bernie Sanders.
  6. ^ a b "Bio - Nomi Prins".
  7. ^ Bernie Sanders interviews Nomi Prins C-SPAN interview from November 16, 2009
  8. ^ Sanders, Bernie (1 July 2009). "Interview of Nomi Prins by Bernie Sanders". C-Span2 (Book TV).
  9. ^
  10. ^ "It Takes a Pillage: An Epic Tale of Power, Deceit, and Untold Trillions". Wiley. Archived from the original on 2018-06-28. Retrieved 2012-06-18.
  11. ^ Prins, Nomi (June 14, 2009). "The Big Bank Bailout Payback Bamboozle". Mother Jones. Retrieved 2012-06-18.
  12. ^ "The WIP Contributors : Nomi Prins". The Women's International Perspective. Retrieved 2012-06-18.
  13. ^ "Tom Dispatch". Retrieved 20 April 2017.
  14. ^ "The Nation Books".
  15. ^ Prins, Nomi (May 2018). Collusion: How Central Bankers Rigged the World. ISBN 978-1568585628.
  16. ^ "Authors". The Nation. 2012-02-09. Retrieved 2012-06-18.

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