Veteran Journalist Anita Raghavan to Discuss The Billionaire's Apprentice on 10/27
Sunday, October 27 at 3:30 p.m., AuthorsLive@GreenwichLibrary and the India Cultural Center of Greenwich will present veteran journalist Anita Raghavan, author of The Billionaire's Apprentice in the Cole Auditorium. The program will be moderated by Greenwich resident, Rob Morris, founder/Managing Partner of the private equity firm, Olympus Partners. The Billionaire's Apprentice was recently short-listed for the Financial Times and Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year award.
When The Galleon Group, one of the world's largest hedge funds, was brought down by an insider trading scandal in 2009, the convictions of the fund's founder, Raj Rajaratnam, and his accomplice, Rajat Gupta, transformed the two men from Horatio Alger immigrant success stories to Shakespearean tragedies. Wall Street was shocked by the unprecedented government crackdown and the Indian American community felt betrayed at Gupta's fall from grace.
Says Frank Partnoy of The New York Times Sunday Book Review, "The cases against these two men are the twin pillars of [this] true-life business thriller..."
Born in Calcutta and orphaned at 15, Gupta blazed a trail from Delhi's hyper-competitive Indian Institute of Technology through Harvard Business School to the inner sanctum of McKinsey, where he aggressively expanded the firm into a truly global consulting juggernaut. But after leaving McKinsey in 2006 and plunging into philanthropy, Gupta also secretly served as the "billionaire's apprentice," tipping Rajaratnam with valuable, insider information on companies on which he served as a board member. These allegations and Gupta's subsequent conviction (which he is now appealing) were a stunning fall from grace for someone whose storied rise had made him a role model for Indian-Americans of all generations.
Kirkus Reviews writes that The Billionaire's Apprentice is "Compelling in its specificity and intriguing in its portrayal of leading financial institutions and their malfeasance."
Anita Raghavan was born in Malaysia and came to the United States in 1970 when she was six years old. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, she spent eighteen years at the Wall Street Journal where she won the Overseas Press Club and New York Press Club awards for her coverage of the mergers and acquisition boom in Europe as well as the near death of Greenwich-based hedge fund Long-Term Capital. In 2008, she became the London Bureau Chief for Forbes. Currently she is a contributor to New York Times Dealbook and Forbes.
Rob Morris, a longtime Greenwich resident, is a founder/Managing Partner of Olympus Partners, a Stamford based private equity firm managing $5.5 billion in assets. He is a guest lecturer in the private equity courses at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College, where he received an MBA. Morris is a Trustee of Hamilton College and serves on the Board of Directors of Hamilton College Endowment Fund, is Chairman Emeritus of the Board of The Waterside School, and heads The Polio Foundation's research efforts in regeneration medicine.
AuthorsLive@GreenwichLibrary is made possible through the support of the Greenwich Library Board of Trustees and contributions by generous donors. Books will be available for purchase and signing through Diane's Books. This series is free and open to all, but seating in the Cole Auditorium is limited and will be available on a first come, first served basis. Doors will open at 3:00 p.m. For more information, please contact Marianne Weill at (203) 622-7933 or Archana Makam at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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