Ruchir Sharma

Ruchir Sharma

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Ruchir Sharma is the Chairman of Rockefeller International and Founder and Chief Investment Officer of Breakout Capital, an investment firm focused on emerging markets. At Rockefeller, Ruchir serves as an advisor to the firm, a resource to our Rockefeller Global Family Office advisors and clients, a member of the firm’s Investment Committee, and as a global brand ambassador for the firm's international activities. He also augments his research and writing on emerging markets with extensive travels to developing countries. Prior to his current roles, Ruchir spent 25 years at Morgan Stanley, most recently as head of emerging markets and chief global strategist, overseeing $20bn in assets and a team of 40 based in New York, Singapore, Hong Kong and Mumbai. Ruchir is currently a Contributing Editor and Columnist at the Financial Times, and was a Contributing Opinion Columnist at The New York Times where he focused on global economics, politics and strategy. He is also a prolific author of best-selling books, including “The 10 Rules of Successful Nations,” “The Rise and Fall of Nations,” and “Breakout Nations.”

Professional Experience


  • Previously, he worked with Prime Securities (Delhi), a non-banking financial services firm, where he helped run the foreign exchange business.

  • For much of the last decade he had been a contributing editor with Newsweek, where he wrote a regular column titled 'Global Investor'. 

  • She started writing at the age of 17 for India’s main economic daily newspaper, The Economic Times.

  • He is also passionate about politics and has covered every national election in India, and many major state contests, going back to 1998.


  • 2016 GQ's Global Indian of the Year

  • 2015 Bloomberg's 50 Most Influential People in the World

  • 2013 Outlook's The World’s 25 Smartest Indians

  • 2012 Foreign Policy's Top Global Thinkers

  • 2007 World Economic FOrum's Top Young Leaders