Global thinker and shrewd commentator on world events

Bill Emmott"The Fate of the West"

Bill Emmott

Former editor of The Economist
journalist writer


Bill Emmott is an independent writer, lecturer and consultant on international affairs. He was Editor of The Economist, the world's leading weekly magazine on current affairs and business, from 1993 until 2006.

Now he is chairman of The Wake Up Foundation, a charity dedicated to education and communication about the decline of western societies which he co-founded in 2013 with Italian film- maker, Annalisa Piras. In 2016 the Japanese government awarded him the “Order of the Rising Sun: Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon” for services to UK-Japan relations. His new book, “The Fate of the West: The Battle to Save the World's Most Successful Political Idea" was published in April this year by Profile Books.

Bill studied PPE at Oxford in 1975-78, and then moved to Nuffield College to do postgraduate research into the French Communist party's spell in government in 1944-47.

In 1980 he joined The Economist in Brussels office, writing about EEC affairs. In 1982 he became the economics correspondent in London and then moved to Tokyo to cover Japan and South Korea. In 1986 he returned to London and in 1989 became business affairs editor, responsible for all the paper's coverage of business, finance and science.

He was appointed Editor in March 1993. When he left in March 2006, The Economist's circulation was almost 1.1m worldwide, having more than doubled in the previous 13 years.

Bill is an Hon Member of the Keele World Affairs Advisory Panel.

He has honorary degrees from Warwick and City University and is an honorary fellow of Magdalen College, Oxford