November 12, 2017, 4 p.m. CT
Sheelah Kolhatkar will discuss the rise of a powerful new class of billionaire financiers during the past two decades which marked a singular shift in the American economic and political landscape, culminating in the election of President Donald Trump and the unprecedented wealth of his cabinet members. Their vast reserves of concentrated wealth have allowed a small group of big winners to write their own rules of capitalism and public policy.
Through meticulous reporting and powerful storytelling, Kolhatkar shows how the ambitious billionaire Steven A. Cohen broke all the bounds to become one of the richest and most influential figures in finance, while putting himself safely beyond the reach of the law – and what happened when the Justice Department put him in its crosshairs.
Kolhatkar, a former hedge fund analyst, is a staff writer at “The New Yorker,” where she writes about Wall Street, Silicon Valley, economics and national politics, among other things. Previously, she was a features editor and national correspondent at “Bloomberg Businessweek” and a regular contributor to Bloomberg Television. She has profiled an array of individuals, including Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Pimco founder Bill Gross, hedge fund mogul John Paulson and President Donald Trump. In 2010 her work was honored with a New York Press Club award. “Black Edge” is her first book.
She has appeared as a commentator on business and economic issues on CNBC, PBS, CBS, NPR and contributes regularly to New York City’s public radio station WNYC. Her work has also appeared in publications that include “New York Magazine,” “The Atlantic,” “The New York Times,” “The New York Times Book Review,” TIME and other publications.
Before becoming a journalist, she spent several years as a risk arbitrage analyst at two hedge funds in New York City. Sheelah holds an undergraduate degree from New York University and a M.A. from Stanford University.