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Bethany McLean

Author, Columnist, Editor

Bethany McLean is a contributing editor at Vanity Fair magazine. She graduated from Williams College in 1992 with a double major in math and English and spent the next three years working as an investment banking analyst at Goldman Sachs.

In 1995, she joined Fortune magazine as a reporter and eventually became an editor-at-large. Her 2001 piece “Is Enron Overpriced?” was one of the first skeptical articles about Enron, and after the company collapsed into bankruptcy, she co-authored The Smartest Guys in the Room: The Amazing Rise and Scandalous Fall of Enron with her Fortune colleague Peter Elkind.

A documentary based on the book was nominated for an Academy Award in 2006.

In 2008, McLean joined Vanity Fair as a contributing editor. Her recent book, which she co-authored with New York Times columnist Joe Nocera, is All the Devils are Here: The Hidden History of the Financial Crisis. She is also a columnist for Fortune and a contributor at CNBC.


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