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David Rothkopf

David Rothkopf
David Rothkopf
Born David J. Rothkopf
(1955-12-24) December 24, 1955
Urbana, Illinois
Residence Washington, D.C.
Alma mater Columbia University (1977) and Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism
  • CEO and Editor, The FP Group, publisher of Foreign Policy magazine
  • President and CEO, Garten Rothkopf
Children 2

David J. Rothkopf (born 24 December 1955) is CEO and Editor of The FP Group. The FP Group publishes Foreign Policy magazine,, presents FP Events, and is a division of Graham Holdings Company.[1] Rothkopf was first announced as CEO and Editor-at-Large in 2012,[2] when Foreign Policy was owned by the Washington Post Company. He has been a regular contributor to the magazine for many years and continues to write columns in his role as editor.

He is also President and CEO of Garten Rothkopf, an international advisory firm specializing in transformational global trends, notably those associated with energy, security, and emerging markets.

He is the author of numerous internationally acclaimed books, including "Power, Inc.: The Epic Rivalry Between Big Business and Government-and the Reckoning That Lies Ahead," (2012); "Superclass: The Global Power Elite and the World They are Making," (2008); and "Running the World: The Inside Story of the National Security Council and the Architects of American Power," (2006). His next book, “National Insecurity: Making U.S. Foreign Policy in an Age of Fear” will be published in the fall of 2014. See: Publications

He is a visiting scholar at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, where he chairs the Carnegie Economic Strategy Roundtable,[3] and chairman of the National Strategic Investment Forum Dialogue, a forum convening leading institutional investors for discussions about critical issues of investment strategy.[4] In addition, Rothkopf serves or has recently served as a member of the advisory boards of the U.S. Institute of Peace, the John Hopkins/Bloomberg School of Public Health, the Center for Global Development, and the Center for the Study of the Presidency.

Prior to the establishment of Garten Rothkopf, Rothkopf was the chairman, CEO, and co-founder of Kissinger Associates, the international advisory firm founded and chaired by former U.S. Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger. Immediately prior to joining Kissinger Associates, Rothkopf served as Acting U.S. Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade. In this capacity, Rothkopf directed the 2400 employees of the International Trade Administration including the U.S. Commercial Service, the International Economic Policy Bureau, the Bureau of Import Administration, and the Bureau of Trade Development. He joined the Clinton Administration in 1993 as Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade Policy and Development.

Prior to joining the Clinton Administration, Rothkopf was co-founder, chairman and chief executive of International Media Partners, Inc., which published CEO Magazine, and Emerging Markets newspaper, and organized the CEO Institutes. Previously, Rothkopf served as a senior executive and editor at Institutional Investor, Inc. and served in a similar capacity at Financial World magazine.

Rothkopf is a 1977 graduate of Columbia College and attended Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

Rothkopf is a member of the Harvard, Yale, Columbia, Princeton, Oxford, Cambridge, Stanford, the National Defense University and the Naval War College.[6]


Power, Inc.: The Epic Rivalry Between Big Business and Government-and the Reckoning That Lies Ahead (ISBN 0-37-453367-9), published in 2012, was well received in the popular press.[7][8][9] Superclass: The Global Power Elite and the World They are Making (ISBN 0-37-453161-7), which was published in 2008, was described by Rana Foroohar in Time Magazine as "perhaps the definitive chronicle of Davos Man."[10] In 2006, Rothkopf wrote Running the World: The Inside Story of the National Security Council and the Architects of American Power (ISBN 1-58-648423-0), which was described by David E. Sanger in the New York Times as "the definitive history of the National Security Council."[11]

He is the author, co-author, co-editor of and contributor to a variety of additional books including The Global Century: Globalization and National Security (National Defense University), Cuba: The Contours of Change (Lynn Rienner Publishers), The Price of Peace: Emergency Economic Intervention and U.S. Foreign Policy (Carnegie Endowment for International Peace), The Common Market: Uniting the European Community (Franklin Watts) and The Big Emerging Markets (Bernan Press).

He writes a weekly column for Foreign Policy, a regular column for CNN and is a frequent contributor to leading newspapers, magazines including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Financial Times, CNN, Newsweek, Time, and many others.


  1. ^ N/A, N/A. "The Washington Post Company Renamed Graham Holdings". Graham Holdings Company. Retrieved 12 May 2014. 
  2. ^ Hagey, Keach (20 Jan 2012). "FP becomes FP Group".  
  3. ^ N/A, N/A. "David Rothkopf Expert Page". Carnegie Endowment. Retrieved 12 May 2014. 
  4. ^ N/a, N/A. "National Strategic Investment Dialogue". National Strategic Investment Dialogue. Retrieved 12 May 2014. 
  5. ^ N/A, N/A. "Columbia University World Leaders Forum". Columbia University. Retrieved 12 May 2014. 
  6. ^ N/A, N/A. "The Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress". The Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress. Retrieved 12 May 2014. 
  7. ^ Luce, Edward (12 Feb 2012). "Recovery, but a cold and grey one". Financial Times. Retrieved 12 May 2014. 
  8. ^ Friedman, Thomas (13 March 2012). "Capitalism, Version 2012". New York Times. Retrieved 12 May 2014. 
  9. ^ Lemann, Nicholas (23 April 2012). "Evening the Odds".  
  10. ^ Foroohar, Rana (26 Jan 2013). "Davos Wisdom, 2013: Five Lessons from the Global Forum". Time Magazine. Retrieved 12 May 2014. 
  11. ^ Sanger, David (25 Jun 2010). "In Week of Tests, Obama Reasserts His Authority". New York Times. Retrieved 12 May 2014. 

External links

  • Rothkopf's current blog at
    • Rothkopf bio at
  • Podcast Lecture: Stanford Technology Ventures Program Entrepreneurial Thought Leader Series: Concentrated Power in a Global Economy, April 16, 2008
  • Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
  • "Look Who's Running the World Now", Washington Post, March 12, 2006.
  • Radio interview on WFMU/The Speakeasy with Dorian about the economic crisis of 2009 and his book Superclass: The Global Power Elite and the World They Are Making, March 16, 2009
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