Matthew Bishop joined The Rockefeller Foundation after spending nearly 30 years at The Economist. His roles at The Economist included Business Editor, Wall Street Editor, Globalisation Editor and New York Bureau Chief. Through a variety of writing, editorial and leadership roles, Matthew has committed himself to turning good ideas into forceful action. He is the author of several books, including Philanthrocapitalism: How Giving Can Save the World (described as “important” by President Bill Clinton) and The Road From Ruin, which set out an agenda for the reform of capitalism after the 2008 crash.

His Economics: An A-Z Guide, which explains the basics of economics for non-experts, was recently released. He has interviewed Bill Gates, Bill Clinton, Bernie Madoff, Bono and Shakira, among others, through his diverse work as a journalist, and he often hosts or moderates some of the renowned programming at 92nd Street Y in NYC.

He is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Global Governance. He was the Official Report author of the G8 Taskforce on Social Impact Investment and a member of the Advisors Group of the UN International Year of Microcredit. He co-founded and advises the #GivingTuesday campaign and the Social Progress Index.



For philanthropists of the past, charity was often a matter of simply giving money away. For philanthrocapitalists, the new generation of billionaires who are reshaping the way they give it as being like business. Largely trained in the corporate world, these social investors are using big-business-style strategies and expecting results and accountability to match. Matthew examines this movement and offers both corporate and nonprofit audiences alike a better understanding of how to embrace this new way of giving.


With an important subject oft ignored by the majority of the world's population for lack of understanding (or lack of interest), Matthew has broached the complexities of economics to guide the everyday person on the various intricacies of this science. Matthew challenges the theories and models of the past, and creates a primer on economic discussion in broad historical outline, relating the subject to modern-day issues, suitable to any audience keen to learn more about this topic in a digestible format.


A terrific book about how private money can help solve even the most difficult public problems. Philanthrocapitalism is the definitive guide to a new generation of philanthropists who understand innovation and risk-taking, and who will play a crucial part in solving the biggest problems facing the world.
— Michael Bloomberg