People

Gillian Tett

Gillian Tett

Formal First Name
Gillian
Dates
1967 - present
Location

Gillian Tett is Chairman of the US Editorial Board and America Editor-at-Large at the Financial Times. Gillian writes columns for the Financial Times where she covers a range of economic, financial, political and social issues. She is also the Co-Founder of FT Moral Money, a twice weekly newsletter that tracks the ESG revolution in business and finance, which has since grown to be a staple FT product. Gillian is renowned for her leading edge views and her ability to succinctly cover the most complex financial market developments. Her thoughts on the financial crisis were influential, both during the crisis, and in the post-era of regulatory reform. She has also 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 also speaks regularly at conferences around the world on finance and global markets. Before joining the Financial Times in 1993, Gillian was awarded a Ph.D. in social anthropology from Cambridge University based on field work in the former Soviet Union. While pursuing her Ph.D., she freelanced for the Financial Times and the BBC.

Professional Experience


Academic History

FINANCIAL TIMES

  • Previously, she was FT's U.S. Managing Editor, leading FT's editorial operations in the region across all platforms.

  • Her past roles included assistant editor, capital markets editor, deputy editor of the Lex column, Tokyo bureau chief, and a reporter in Russia and Brussels.

  • She was also FT's columnist where she oversaw global coverage of the financial markets.

  • She built a team to cover capital markets, correctly anticipating the need to watch an industry uncommonly fast.


HONORS & RECOGNITIONS

  • 2017 Commentator of the Year, Editorial Intelligence

  • 2014 Columnist of the Year, British Press Awards

  • Royal Anthropological Institute Marsh Award

  • 2011 President’s Medal, British Academy

  • 2009 Financial Book of the Year (Fool's Gold), Spear's Book Awards

  • 2009 Journalist of the Year, British Press Awards

  • 2008 Business Journalist of the Year, British Press Awards

  • 2007 Senior Financial Journalist of the Year, Wincott Awards

  • Honorary Degree, University of Exeter

  • Honorary Degree, University of Miami

  • Honorary Degree, St. Andrew's

  • Honorary Degree, London University

  • Honorary Degree, Carnegie Mellon

  • Honorary Doctorate, Lancaster University UK


BOOKS

  • Saving the Sun: A Wall Street Gamble to Rescue Japan from its Trillion Dollar Meltdown (2004)

  • Fool’s Gold: How Unrestrained Greed Corrupted a Dream, Shattered Global Markets, and Unleashed a Catastrophe (2010)

  • The Silo Effect: The Peril of Expertise and the Promise of Breaking Down Barriers (2015)

  • Anthro-Vision: A New Way to See Life and Business (2021)