Special Writer at The Wall Street Journal, Three-time winner of the Gerald Loeb award, Author of The Man Who Solved the Market: How Jim Simons Launched a Quant Revolution

Gregory Zuckerman
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Gregory Zuckerman is a Special Writer at The Wall Street Journal, a 22-year veteran of the paper and a three-time winner of the Gerald Loeb award — the highest honor in business journalism. Greg is the author of The Man Who Solved the Market: How Jim Simons Launched a Quant Revolution, which will be published by PenguinRandomHouse’s Portfolio division in November 2019. Greg also is the author of The Frackers: The Outrageous Inside Story of the New Billionaire Wildcatters.

Gregory Zuckerman is a Special Writer at The Wall Street Journal and the author of “The Greatest Trade Ever: The Behind-the-Scenes Story of How John Paulson Defied Wall Street and Made Financial History,”a New York Times and Wall Street Journal best-seller published in December 2010 by Crown Business, a division of Random House. The book has been translated in nine languages.

His latest book, “The Frackers: The Outrageous Inside Story of the New Billionaire Wildcatters,”centers around the nations’s move toward energy independence. The Frackers tells the dramatic tale of how a group of ambitious and headstrong wildcatters ignored the ridicule of experts and derision of colleagues to pursue massive, long-overlooked deposits. Against all odds, they changed the world—and made astonishing fortunes in the process.

At the Journal, Greg writes about big financial trades, hedge funds, private-equity firms, the energy revolution and other investing and business topics. In the past, Greg wrote the widely read “Heard on the Street” column and covered the credit markets for the Journal.
In 2012, Greg broke the story about the huge, disastrous trades by J.P. Morgan’s “London Whale.”He was part of a team that won the 2007 Gerald Loeb award — the highest honor in business journalism — for breaking news coverage of the collapse of hedge fund Amaranth Advisors, and he was part of a team that won the 2003 Gerald Loeb award for breaking news coverage of the demise of telecom provider WorldCom. Greg also was part of a team that won the New York Press Club Journalism award. He was a finalist for the 2011 Gerald Loeb award, for investigative news coverage of the insider trading scandal and was a finalist for the 2008 Gerald Loeb award, for coverage of the mortgage meltdown. His book was awarded book-of-the-year honors by the National Association of Real Estate Editors

Greg appears regularly on CNBC, Fox Business, Yahoo Finance and other television networks, and he makes regular appearances on National Public Radio, BBC, ABC Radio, Bloomberg Radio and radio stations around the globe. Greg gives speeches to business groups around the globe on a variety of topics. Over the past year, he has spoken to groups in New York, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Charlotte, Phoenix, London, Hong Kong and Tel Aviv.

Greg joined the Journal in 1996 after writing about media companies for the New York Post. Previously, he was the managing editor of Mergers & Acquisitions Report, a newsletter published by Investment Dealers’ Digest. He graduated from Brandeis University in 1988, Magna Cum Laude. He lives with his wife and two sons in West Orange, N.J., where they enjoy the Yankees in the summer, the Giants in the fall, and reminisce about Linsanity in the winter.

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  • The Greatest Trade Ever

    In this fascinating speech based on the critically-acclaimed book, The Greatest Trade Ever, Gregory Zuckerman gives audiences an inside look at one of the most interesting - and inspiring - stories to come out of the 2008 market crash.


    In 2006, hedge fund manager John Paulson realized something few others suspected--that the housing market and the value of subprime mortgages were grossly inflated and headed for a major fall. He had spent a career as an also-ran on Wall Street. But Paulson was convinced this was his chance to make his mark. Paulson and a handful of renegade investors such as Jeffrey Greene and Michael Burry began to bet heavily against risky mortgages and precarious financial companies.

    In 2007, John Paulson pulled off the greatest trade in financial history, earning more than $15 billion for his firm. Paulson made billions more in 2008 by transforming his gutsy move. Some of the underdog investors who attempted the daring trade also reaped fortunes. But others who got the timing wrong met devastating failure, discovering that being early and right wasn't nearly enough.
  • Why the Experts Keep Getting It Wrong…And Outsiders Keep Getting It Right

    Experts, analysts and global leaders were blindsided by the two most important economic events of the past decade--the housing collapse and America's energy resurgence. But a group of unexpected investors and pioneers made billions anticipating both events.

    Greg will share behind-the-scenes tales of how the two events took place and answer: What are the lessons for us all? What's the next business revolution? And how can you prepare for it?
  • The Frackers: The Outrageous Inside Story of the New Billionaire Wildcatters

    The riveting, untold story of the men who are transforming global energy


    In five years, the United States has seen a historic burst of oil and natural gas production, easing our insatiable hunger for energy. A new drilling process called fracking has made us the world's fastest growing energy power, on track to pass Saudi Arabia by 2020. But despite headlines and controversy, no previous book has shown how the revolution really happened.


    The Frackers tells the dramatic tale of how a group of ambitious and headstrong wildcatters ignored the ridicule of experts and derision of colleagues to pursue massive, long-overlooked deposits. Against all odds, they changed the world—and made astonishing fortunes in the process.


    In his fascinating keynote speech, Mr. Zuckerman shares how his exclusive access enabled him to get close to the brash wildcatters and discusses how their unexpected revolution has transformed the country. He addresses why the energy surge is relevant to every business, how it will upend global economics and politics for decades to come, and why lessons from the energy revolution can be applied by entrepreneurs and business people in almost any industry.


    Mr. Zuckerman also explores the environmental impact of fracking and argues that this revolution will lead to an era of American economic dominance, even as it raises disturbing questions about our county's future.
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