John Micklethwait

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For the 17th century physician, see John Micklethwaite. For the 20th century botanist, see John Patrick Micklethwait Brenan.

John Micklethwait (born 11 August 1962)[1] is an English journalist, who served as the editor-in-chief of The Economist. In December 2014, it was announced that he was leaving The Economist to serve as the editor-in-chief of Bloomberg News.

Life and career[edit]

Micklethwait was born in 1962, in London, England, and educated at the independent school Ampleforth College and Magdalen College, Oxford, where he studied history. He worked for Chase Manhattan Bank for two years and joined The Economist in 1987. Prior to becoming editor-in-chief, he was United States editor of the publication and ran the New York Bureau for two years. Before that, he edited the Business Section of the newspaper for four years. His other roles have included setting up an office in Los Angeles for The Economist, where he worked from 1990 to 1993. He has covered business and politics from the United States, Latin America, Continental Europe, Southern Africa and most of Asia.

Appointed as editor-in-chief on 23 March 2006, the first issue of The Economist published under his editorship was released on 7 April 2006. He was named Editors' Editor by the British Society of Magazine Editors in 2010.[2] A frequent broadcaster, Micklethwait has appeared on CNN, ABC News, BBC, C-SPAN, PBS and NPR.

In 2015 he was a Trustee of the British Museum.[3] He was also a delegate, along with two colleagues, at the 2010 Bilderberg Conference held in Spain. This group consists of an assembly of notable politicians, industrialists and financiers who meet annually to discuss issues on a non-disclosure basis.


Micklethwait is the co-author of several books with Adrian Wooldridge, including:

In A Future Perfect, Wooldridge and Micklethwait resurrected the term "cosmocrat".[relevant? ]

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Preceded by
Bill Emmott
Editor of The Economist
Succeeded by
Zanny Minton Beddoes


  1. ^ "Birthdays". The Guardian (Guardian Media). 11 August 2014. p. 31. 
  2. ^ "BSME Award Winners 2010". British Society of Magazine Editors. 
  3. ^ The British Museum Trustees, British Museum, accessed 31 March 2015