GFLC Look Back: Michael Lewis


One of the most read profiles of either major Presidential candidate this year was Michael Lewis’ piece on President Obama in Vanity Fair. Lewis later told Bloomberg he found the President to be a good character for reasons most would not imagine.

At the 2010 Global Financial Leadership Conference, Lewis described characters in another one of his works, The Big Short, his popular book about the housing and credit bubble. The book follows the key players who believed the bubble was going to burst. Said Lewis:

“What’s the one quality that all these people had? It was an ability to seriously imagine the world being radically different than it currently is. That they could imagine Lehman Brothers going out of business. Bear Stearns going out of business.”


The 2012 Global Financial Leadership Conference begins next week, and we’re taking a look back at highlights from past years.


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Debbie Carlson has focused on commodities for much of her writing career. She spent more than a decade at Dow Jones covering the Chicago-based futures exchanges. As a Dow Jones editor, she worked closely with The Wall Street Journal and Barron's in planning commodities coverage.

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