Niall Ferguson

Niall Ferguson

Formal First Name
1964 - present

Niall Ferguson is a preeminent historian that has challenged how we think about money, power, civilization and empires. Niall is the Milbank Family Senior Fellow at Stanford University's Hoover Institution, a Senior Faculty Fellow of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University, and a Senior Research Fellow at Jesus College, Oxford. He was a former Laurence A. Tisch Professor of History at Harvard University and CES Resident Faculty. Niall is the author of sixteen books, an accomplished biographer, and an award-winning filmmaker. His six-part television series "The Ascent of Money" based on his bestseller, won an International Emmy for best documentary. His books chronicle a wide range of political and socio-economic events - from German politics during the era of inflation to a financial history of the world. In addition, Niall is the Founder and Managing Director of Greenmantle LLC, a New York-based advisory firm; and Co-founding Board Member of Ualá, a Latin American financial technology company.

Professional Experience

Academic History


  • 2016 Philip Merrill Award

  • 2015 Boston Public Library Literary Light

  • 2013 Ludwig Erhard Prize for Economic Journalism

  • 2012 Hayek Prize for Lifetime Achievement

  • 2010 Benjamin Franklin Award for Public Service


  • Trustee, American Academy in Berlin

  • Trustee, Museum of American Finance

  • Trustee, New York Historical Society

  • Trustee, London-based Center for Policy Studies


  • Niall  joined Bloomberg Opinion as a columnist in 2020.

  • He is a prolific and often controversial commentator on contemporary politics and economics.

  • He frequently writes, reviews, and hosts for the British and American press.

  • He has appeared as a guest on Real Vision and 2021 Real Vision Festival of Learning.


  • Doom: The Politics of Catastrophe

  • The Square and the Tower: Networks and Power, from the Freemasons to Facebook

  • Kissinger: 1923-1968: The Idealist

  • The Great Degeneration: How Institutions Decay and Economies Die

  • Empire: How Britain Made the Modern World

  • Civilization: The West and the Rest

  • The Ascent of Money: A Financial History of the World: 10th Anniversary Edition

  • The War of the World: Twentieth-Century Conflict and the Descent of the West

  • Colossus: The Rise and Fall of the American Empire

  • Empire: How Britain Made the Modern World

  • The Cash Nexus: Money and Power in the Modern World

  • Virtual History: What Could Have Been

  • The Pity of War 1914 - 1918

  • The House of Rothschild: Money Prophets 1798 - 1848

  • The House of Rothschild: The World's Banker 1849 - 1999

  • Paper & Iron: Hamburg Business and German Politics in the Era of Inflation 1897 - 1927