is the editor-in-chief of The Economist
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Micklethwait was born in 1962 and educated at the independent school
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Ampleforth College in North Yorkshire, England, is the largest Roman Catholic co-educational boarding independent school in the United Kingdom. It opened in 1802, as a boys' school, and is run by the Benedictine monks and lay staff of Ampleforth Abbey...
and Magdalen College, Oxford
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, where he studied history. He worked for Chase Manhattan Bank
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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.
He was also a delegate, along with two colleagues, at the 2010 Bilderburg Conference
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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.
A frequent broadcaster, he has appeared on CNN
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, ABC News
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, PBS and NPR
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. He is the co-author of several books with Adrian Wooldridge
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- The Witch Doctors
- A Future Perfect: the Challenge and Hidden Promise of Globalisation
- The Company: A Short History of a Revolutionary Idea
- The Right Nation: A Study of Conservatism in America
- God is Back
In A Future Perfect
, they resurrected the term "cosmocrat".
Appointed as editor-in-chief on March 23, 2006, the first issue of The Economist
published under his editorship was released on April 7, 2006.