President, Eurasia Group
Ian Bremmer is the president of the world's leading global political risk research and consulting firm, Eurasia Group. Bremmer started the firm in 1998 with $25,000 in hand. Today, Eurasia Group employs more than 85 full-time employees in its New York City, Washington, and London offices. It also calls on the services of several hundred experts in 65 countries. The firm's client base includes more than 200 multinational companies, leading financial institutions, government departments, and political leaders. Eurasia Group is widely respected for its objectivity and ability to explain how political risk is directly applicable to the global marketplace. Bremmer has recently written articles for the W*all Street Journal, Washington Post, Newsweek,* and *Harvard Business Review*. His six books include *The J Curve: A New Way to Understand Why Nations Rise and Fall*, which was selected by *The Economist* as one of the best books of 2006. In March 2009, he published *The Fat Tail: The Power of Political Knowledge for Strategic Investing* with Preston Keat, a director of research at Eurasia Group. Nouriel Roubini described *The Fat Tail* as the definitive survey of the subject and indispensible for global investors. Bremmer's May 2009 article for the Council on Foreign Relations' *Foreign Affairs* magazine is the first to describe in detail the new global phenomenon of state capitalism and its geopolitical implications. Bremmer has a PhD in political science from Stanford University (1994) and became the youngest-ever national fellow at the Hoover Institution. He has taught at Columbia University, the EastWest Institute, and the World Policy Institute, and in 2007 was named a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum. Much of his own analytical focus has been on emerging markets, which he defines as "those countries where politics matter at least as much as economics for market outcomes."