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Zanny Minton-Beddoes


The Economist




The Economist


United Kingdom


57 years


The Economist


Lifestyle & Culture



What makes Zanny a Global Shaker?

The Economist’s 17th and first female Editor-in-chief has been a staunch supporter of the Remain cause. She has written numerous features and appeared on many media channels including the BBC to remind people of the downside of Britain leaving the EU.

Secured by her appointment to the top editor position at The Economist, Beddoes is considered one of the most influential voices in financial journalism. She has written surveys of the world economy, Latin American finance, global finance and Central Asia. She has written extensively about the American economy and international financial policy; the enlargement of the European Union; the future of the IMF; and economic reform in emerging economies.

In the last year, The Economist has published 5 covers on Brexit and the issues surrounding it. After the referendum vote, she became a prominent voice of a ‘Soft Brexit’, arguing that Britain should try to maintain amicable relations with the EU and work towards remaining in the Single Market

Her education includes both Oxford and Harvard and she joined The Economist in 1994 working the Emerging Markets beat.

One of our favourite quotes from Zanny about the future of the Economist “We don’t want to be the grandpa at the disco”.

Last updated: May 2, 2018