Matthew Bishop is the US Business Editor and New York Bureau Chief of The Economist. He was previously the magazine’s London-based Business Editor.
Matthew is co-author of “The Road From Ruin: A New Capitalism for the Big Society,” published in Britain in February 2011. His previous book, also written with Michael Green, “Philanthrocapitalism: How Giving Can Save the World”, on the new movement that brings together the business and social sectors to solve some of the world’s most pressing problems, has been described as “terrific” by the New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof, and as “the definitive guide to a new generation of philanthropists who understand innovation and risk-taking, and who will play a crucial part in solving the biggest problems facing the world,” by New York’s Mayor and leading philanthropist Michael Bloomberg. According to former U.S President Bill Clinton, “This is an important book. Our interdependent world is too unequal, unstable, and, because of climate change, unsustainable. We have to transform it into one of shared responsibilities, shared opportunities, and a shared sense of community. Bishop and Green show us how to do it.”
Matthew is the author of several of The Economist’s special report supplements, including most recently A Bigger World, which examines the opportunities and challenges of the rise of emerging economies and firms; The Business of Giving, which looks at the industrial revolution taking place in philanthropy; Kings of Capitalism, which anticipated and analyzed the recent boom and bust in private equity; and Capitalism and its Troubles, an examination of the impact of problems such as the collapse of Enron. Matthew is the author of “Essential Economics,” the official Economist layperson’s guide to economics.
Before joining The Economist, Matthew was on the faculty of London Business School, where he co-authored three books for the Oxford University Press, on subjects ranging from privatization and regulation to corporate mergers. Prior to that he was educated at Oxford University. Matthew has served as a member of the Sykes Commission on the investment system in the 21st Century, which highlighted alarming weaknesses in the City well before the recent financial crash. He was also on the Advisors Group of the United Nations International Year of Microcredit 2005. He is a member of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Social Innovation.