|Alma mater||University of Cambridge|
|Occupation||Assistant Editor, Financial Times|
She has 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.
Following a Ph.D. in social anthropology at Clare College, Cambridge based on field research in the former Soviet Union, Tett moved to a career in journalism while doing fieldwork in Soviet-influenced Central Asia.
Tett joined the Financial Times in 1993. She worked in the former Soviet Union and in Europe and was posted to Tokyo in 1997, where she later became bureau chief. In 2003 Tett became deputy head of the influential Lex column. Tett was then US managing editor at the FT, before taking up her current post. She is also the chairwoman of the board of trustees for the Knight-Bagehot Fellowship in Economics and Business Journalism with Columbia University.
Tett predicted the financial crisis in 2006. Her 2009 book, Fool's Gold: How Unrestrained Greed Corrupted a Dream, Shattered Global Markets and Unleashed a Catastrophe, was widely reviewed throughout the English-speaking world and won the Spear's Book Award for the financial book of 2009.
In 2011, Tett was awarded a President's Medal by the British Academy. She was previously recognized as Journalist of the Year (2009) and Business Journalist of the Year (2008) by the British Press Awards, as well as Senior Financial Journalist of the Year (2007) by the Wincott Awards.
Tett has two daughters.
- 2007 Wincott prize for financial journalism (capital markets coverage)
- 2008 Business Journalist of the Year (British Press Awards)
- 2009 Journalist of the Year (British Press Awards)
- 2009 Financial Book of the Year (for her book Fool's Gold)
- 2011 British Academy President's Medal
- 2012 Business Communicator of the Year (UK Speechwriters' Guild)
- Fool's Gold: How Unrestrained Greed Corrupted a Dream, Shattered Global Markets and Unleashed a Catastrophe ISBN 978-1-4087-0164-5 (in some markets called Fool's Gold: How the Bold Dreams of a Small Tribe at J.P Morgan Was Corrupted by Wall Street Greed and Unleashed a Catastrophe ISBN 978-1-4165-9857-2)
- Saving the Sun: How Wall Street Mavericks Shook Up Japan's Financial World and Made Billions (ISBN 978-0060554255).
- "Gillian Tett profile". Retrieved 24 July 2009.
- Barber, Lionel (16 July 2009). "Why journalism matters: Lionel Barber's speech in full". Press Gazette. Retrieved 24 July 2009.
- Robinson, James (12 October 2008). "Why didn't the City journalists see the financial crisis coming?". The Guardian. Retrieved 24 July 2009.
- MacKenzie, Donald (25 June 2009). "All Those Arrows". London Review of Books. Retrieved 24 July 2009.
- Medland, Dina (Easter 2009). "Take Three". University of Cambridge. Retrieved 31 March 2010.
- "Saving the Sun: Shinsei and the Battle for Japan’s Future". Book launch event - author biography. The Daiwa Anglo Japanese Foundation. February 2004. Retrieved 2009-07-27.
- "Barclays Chief Executive to Spearhead Task Force on Tax and Benefits". HM Treasury. 19 May 1997. Retrieved 27 July 2009.
- Farey-Jones, Daniel (26 September 2005). "Financial Times doubles coverage of Lex column". Brand Republic. Retrieved 27 July 2009.
- Morgan, Jean (30 September 2007). "FT’s Lex expands". Press Gazette. Retrieved 27 July 2009.
- Ali, Rafat (6 June 2008). "WSJ To Sever Ties With Breakingviews; Selling Its Minority Stake?". Paidcontent.org. Retrieved 27 July 2009.
- Barton, Laura (31 October 2008). "On the money". The Guardian. Retrieved 24 July 2009.
- Allentuck, Andrew (3 July 2009). "Imaginary money". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 27 July 2009.
- Barrett, Paul M. (12 June 2009). "Rewriting the Rules". The New York Times. Retrieved 27 July 2009.
- Murali, D. (19 July 2009). "Money, a vital fluid that must flow freely". The Hindu. Retrieved 27 July 2009.
- Sunderland, Ruth (7 June 2009). "They had parties, we got the hangover". The Guardian. Retrieved 27 July 2009.
- "Press & Broadcasting Awards List of Winners: Senior Financial Journalist". The Wincott Foundation. Retrieved 27 July 2009.
- "British Press Awards 2008: The full list of winners". Press Gazette. 8 April 2008. Retrieved 27 July 2009.
- "British Press Awards 2009: The full list of winners". Press Gazette. 1 April 2009. Retrieved 27 July 2009.
- Foley, Stephen (1 May 2009). "Fool's Gold, By Gillian Tett". The Independent. Retrieved 24 July 2009.
- "Spear's Book Awards: Winners". Spear's Wealth Management Survey. Retrieved 27 July 2009.
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