Greg Steinmetz

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Greg Steinmetz is an American journalist, author and securities analyst.

Steinmetz was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio.[1] He graduated from Colgate University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and German, and earned a master's degree from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.[1]

Steinmetz spent 15 years working as a journalist for the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, Houston Chronicle, Newsday, and The Wall Street Journal.[1][2] He served as the Bureau Chief for the Wall Street Journal in Berlin and London.[1] He is now a securities analyst for a New York money management firm.[2]

He is also known for a well-received biography of Jacob Fugger in which he argues that Fugger was the most influential businessman in history, and possibly the richest man who ever lived.[2][3][4][5][6][7][8]


  • The Richest Man Who Ever Lived: The Life and Times of Jacob Fugger. 2015. Simon and Schuster. ISBN 978-1451688559. Review at New York Review of Books, 2016


  1. ^ a b c d Muller, Jerry Z. (31 July 2015). "'The Richest Man Who Ever Lived,' by Greg Steinmetz". New York Times. Retrieved 3 August 2015.
  2. ^ a b c "Goldenballs: Not for nothing was Jacob Fugger known as "Jacob the Rich"". The Economist. 1 August 2015. Retrieved 3 August 2015.
  3. ^ "Germany's Most Ruthless Banker". The Wall Street Journal. 29 July 2015. Retrieved 4 April 2016.
  4. ^ "He remade capitalism, religion and history. You've probably never heard of him". The Washington Post. 6 August 2015. Retrieved 18 April 2016.
  5. ^ "The Amazing Career of a Pioneer Capitalist". The New York Review of Books. 7 April 2016. Retrieved 18 April 2016.
  6. ^ "How to Finance an Emperor's Election". The New Yorker. 11 September 2015. Retrieved 18 April 2016.
  7. ^ "Meet the world's richest man who changed Christianity". The New York Post. 26 July 2015.
  8. ^ "Jacob Fugger and the Renaissance Superrich". The New York Times. 30 July 2015.