Niall Ferguson

  • Leading Historian on the Global Economy and Geopolitics
  • Internationally Acclaimed Author of "The Ascent of Money"
  • Professor of History at Harvard and Oxford
  • Named one of TIME Magazine's "100 Most Influential People in the World"

Niall Ferguson is one of our most influential commentators on Geopolitics and the Global Economy. The wide range of his expertise underscores his ongoing timeliness as a keynote speaker. 

A Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, and a Visiting Professor at Tsinghua University, Beijing, he has published fourteen books, including The Pity of War: Explaining World War One, The Cash Nexus, EmpireColossusThe War of the WorldThe Ascent of MoneyCivilization: The West and the RestThe Great Degenerationand is currently writing a life of Henry Kissinger, the first volume of which—Kissinger, 1923-1968: The Idealist—has been published to critical acclaim.

He is an award-making filmmaker, too, having won an international Emmy for his PBS series The Ascent of Money. His many other prizes and awards include the Benjamin Franklin Prize for Public Service (2010), the Hayek Prize for Lifetime Achievement (2012) and the Ludwig Erhard Prize for Economic Journalism (2013). 

In addition to writing a weekly column for the Sunday Times (London) and the Boston Globe, he is the founder and Managing Director of Greenmantle LLC, a Cambridge-based advisory firm.

A superb speaker, Ferguson’s presentations are celebrated for their scintillating wit and their analytical clarity.

 
  

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Professor Ferguson was amazing. The private breakfast crowd enjoyed meeting him in a smaller setting and his lecture was engaging. He was stopped by multiple audience members and walked away with a bunch of business cards. He was also a delight to escort around campus; he's so very approachable and inclusive.

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  • Commonfund
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Naspers Group
  • European Chemical Association
  • Boston College
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<p>Niall Ferguson's website is the central source to find his print and media commentaries</p>

Niall Ferguson's website is the central source to find his print and media commentaries

His weekly columns for the Sunday Times (London) and the Boston Globe, in addition to his media appearances and best-selling books can all be found on his website.  

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<p>Niall Ferguson is a Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution</p>

Niall Ferguson is a Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution

Niall Ferguson's insightful political commentary and policy leadership resonate with Hoover's mission. By collecting knowledge, generating ideas, and disseminating both, the Institution seeks to secure and safeguard peace, improve the human condition, and limit government intrusion into the lives of individuals.

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Biography

 

Niall Ferguson, MA, D.Phil., is Laurence A. Tisch Professor of History at Harvard University. He is also a Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, and a Visiting Professor at Tsinghua University, Beijing.

He is the author of fourteen books. His first, Paper and Iron: Hamburg Business and German Politics in the Era of Inflation 1897-1927, was short-listed for the History Today Book of the Year award, while the collection of essays he edited, Virtual History: Alternatives and Counterfactuals, was a UK bestseller. In 1998 he published to international critical acclaim The Pity of War: Explaining World War One and The World’s Banker: The History of the House of Rothschild. The latter won the Wadsworth Prize for Business History and was also short-listed for the Jewish Quarterly/Wingate Literary Award and the American National Jewish Book Award. In 2001, after a year as a Houblon-Norman Fellow at the Bank of England, he published The Cash Nexus: Money and Power in the Modern World, 1700-2000.

In 2003 Ferguson wrote and presented a six-part history of the British Empire for Channel 4, the UK broadcaster. The accompanying book, Empire: The Rise and Demise of the British World Order and the Lessons for Global Power, was a bestseller in both Britain and the United States. The sequel, Colossus: The Rise and Fall of the American Empire, was published in 2004 by Penguin, and prompted Time magazine to name him one of the 100 most influential people in the world. Two years later he published The War of the World: Twentieth-Century Conflict and the Descent of the West, a television adaptation of which was screened by PBS in 2007. The international bestseller, The Ascent of Money: A Financial History of the World, followed in 2008; it too was a PBS series, winning the International Emmy award for Best Documentary, as well as the Handelszeitung Economics Book Prize. In 2011 he published Civilization: The West and the Rest, also a Channel 4/PBS documentary series. A year later came the three-part television series “China: Triumph and Turmoil.” The book based on his 2012 BBC Reith lectures, The Great Degeneration: How Institutions Decay and Economies Die, was a New York Times bestseller within a week of its publication.

An accomplished biographer, Ferguson published High Financier: The Lives and Time of Siegmund Warburg in 2010 and is currently writing a life of Henry Kissinger, the first volume of which has just been published—to critical acclaim—as Kissinger, 1923-1968: The Idealist. In 2011 his film company Chimerica Media released its first feature-length documentary, “Kissinger”, which won the New York Film Festival’s prize for Best Documentary.

Ferguson was the Philippe Roman Visiting Professor at the London School of Economics in 2010-11. He is a member of the board of trustees of the American Academy in Berlin and the New York Historical Society. His many prizes and awards include the Benjamin Franklin Prize for Public Service (2010), the Hayek Prize for Lifetime Achievement (2012) and the Ludwig Erhard Prize for Economic Journalism (2013).

In addition to writing a weekly column for the Sunday Times (London) and the Boston Globe, he is the founder and managing director of Greenmantle LLC, a Cambridge-based advisory firm. He also serves on the board of Affiliated Managers Group.

Niall Ferguson is married to the author and women’s rights activist Ayaan Hirsi Ali. He has four children.