Sebastian Mallaby

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Sebastian Mallaby
Alma mater Oxford University
Eton College
Occupation Author, Journalist

Sebastian Mallaby (1964) is a British-born journalist and author; and director of the Maurice R. Greenberg Center for Geoeconomic Studies (CGS) and Paul A. Volcker senior fellow for international economics at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR).[1] He is a contributing editor for the Financial Times and was a columnist and editorial board member at the Washington Post. In addition to a monthly column for the Financial Times, his recent writing has been published in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and the Atlantic Monthly. In 2012 he published a Foreign Affairs essay on the future of China's currency. His books include More Money Than God (2010) and The World’s Banker (2004).


Sebastian Mallaby is the son of Sir Christopher and Pascale, Lady Mallaby, who was Ambassador of the United Kingdom to Germany (1988-1993) and Ambassador of the United Kingdom to France (1993-1996).[2] He was educated at Eton College,[2] won an academic scholarship to Oxford University, and graduated in 1986 with a First Class degree in modern history.[3] His interests include financial markets, the implications of the rise of newly emerging powers, and the intersection of economics and international relations.

Mallaby worked at the Washington Post from 1999 to 2007 as a columnist and member of the editorial board.[3] Prior to that he spent thirteen years with The Economist, in London, where he wrote about foreign policy and international finance.[3] He also spent time in Africa, where he covered Nelson Mandela’s release and the collapse of apartheid; and in Japan, where he covered the breakdown of the country’s political and economic consensus during the 90s. Between 1997 and 1999 Mallaby was the Economist’s Washington bureau chief and wrote the magazine’s weekly "Lexington" column on American politics and foreign policy. His 2002 Foreign Affairs essay "The Reluctant Imperialist" about failed states[4] was cited by commentators in the New York Times, Financial Times, and Time magazine.[citation needed] Mallaby is a two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist: in 2005 for editorials on Darfur and in 2007 for a series on economic inequality in America.[5]

Mallaby’s latest book is More Money Than God: Hedge Funds and the Making of a New Elite (2010).[6] Washington Post columnist Steve Pearlstein called it "the definitive history of the hedge fund industry, a compelling narrative full of larger-than-life characters and dramatic tales of their financial triumphs and reversals."[7] It was the recipient of the 2011 Gerald Loeb Award, a finalist in the 2010 Financial Times and Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year Award, and a 2010 New York Times bestseller. Mallaby’s previous books are The World’s Banker (2004), a portrait of the World Bank under James Wolfensohn; and After Apartheid (1992), which was a New York Times Notable Book. An essay in the Financial Times said of The World’s Banker, "Mallaby's book may well be the most hilarious depiction of a big organization and its controversial boss since Michael Lewis's, Liar’s Poker.[8]


  1. ^ "Sebastian Mallaby Director of the Maurice R. Greenberg Center for Geoeconomic Studies and Paul A. Volcker Senior Fellow for International Economics". Council on Foreign Relations. July 27, 2011. Retrieved 2011-07-27. 
  2. ^ a b Andrew Hilton. "More Money Than God", Financial World, Dec 2010
  3. ^ a b c David Bukey. "Sebastian Mallaby: Hedge funds and the future of finance", The AT Interview, ActiveTrader,
  4. ^ Sebastian Mallaby. "The Reluctant Imperialist", Foreign Affairs, March/April 2002
  5. ^ The Pulitzer Prizes: Editorial Writing,, Last accessed August 2011.
  6. ^ Sean O'Grady. "More Money Than God by Sebastian Mallaby", The Independent, 18 June 2010
  7. ^ Steve Pearlstein. "Let the hedge funds run the risks", Washington Post, June 18, 2010.
  8. ^ [1], Council on Foreign Relations, Last accessed December 2012.

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