Adrian Wooldridge

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Adrian Wooldridge in 2011

Adrian Wooldridge (born 1959) is an author and columnist. He is the Global Business Columnist at Bloomberg Opinion.[1]

Life and career[edit]

Wooldridge was educated at Balliol College, Oxford, where he studied modern history and was awarded a fellowship at All Souls College, also at Oxford University, where he received a doctorate in philosophy in 1985. From 1984 to 1985, he was also a Harkness Fellow at the University of California, Berkeley.[2]

Wooldridge worked at The Economist weekly British newspaper for more than 20 years.[3] He was The Economist's Washington Bureau chief and the "Lexington" columnist, and was the "Schumpeter" columnist (business, finance and management) until the end of 2016.[4] As of June 2021, he was The Economist's political editor and "Bagehot" columnist,[5] which was described as "an analysis of British life and politics, in the tradition of Walter Bagehot".[6]

In September 2021, Wooldridge joined Bloomberg Opinion as the Global Business Columnist.[3][1]


  • Wooldridge, Adrian (1994). Measuring the mind : education and psychology in England c.1860-1990. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 9780521395151.
  • — (18 April 2015). "Family companies". Special Report. The Economist. Vol. 415, no. 8934.[7]
  • — (18 April 2015). "A very British business : some lessons from the success of Britain's elite private schools". Schumpeter. The Economist. Vol. 415, no. 8934. p. 56.
  • Greenspan, Alan; Wooldridge, Adrian (2018). Capitalism in America: A History. New York: Penguin Press.
  • The Aristocracy of Talent: How Meritocracy Made the Modern World (2021)

Co-wrote (with John Micklethwait):


2017 Gerald Loeb Award for Commentary for "Creative Destruction: The Schumpeter Column"[8]


  1. ^ a b "Adrian Wooldridge - Bloomberg". Bloomberg Opinion. Retrieved 27 April 2022.
  2. ^ "Speaker profile at Leigh Bureau". Archived from the original on 28 October 2012. Retrieved 17 August 2008.
  3. ^ a b Roush, Chris (1 September 2021). "Bloomberg Opinion hires Wooldridge as global business columnist". Talking Biz News. Retrieved 27 April 2022.
  4. ^ Rajan, Amol (19 December 2016). "New Bagehot columnist for the Economist". BBC News. Retrieved 29 October 2021.
  5. ^ "Adrian Wooldridge". The Economist. Retrieved 19 June 2021.
  6. ^ "What can Britain today learn from Walter Bagehot?". The Economist. 3 January 2020. Retrieved 19 June 2021.
  7. ^ The Economist often changes the title of a print article when it is published online. This article is titled "To those that have" online.
  8. ^ "UCLA Anderson School of Management Announces 2017 Gerald Loeb Award Winners". UCLA Anderson School of Management. 27 June 2017. Retrieved 31 January 2019.

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