John Gapper (left) and Gary Silverman
John Gapper (left) and Gary Silverman

John Gapper (born 31 May 1959) is associate editor and chief business commentator of the Financial Times. He writes a weekly column,[1][2] appearing on the comment page, about business trends and strategy. Gapper is also co-author with Nick Denton of All That Glitters: The Fall of Barings[3] and author of two novels, A Fatal Debt[4][5] and The Ghost Shift.[6][7]


Gapper was educated at St Benedict's School, Ealing and at Exeter College, Oxford where he studied Philosophy, Politics and Economics. He later became a Harkness Fellow of the Commonwealth Fund of New York, studying US education and job training at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.


Gapper trained on the Mirror Group training scheme,[8] working at the Tavistock Times. He then worked for the Daily Mirror, Daily Mail and Daily Telegraph before joining the Financial Times in 1987. He became in turn the Financial Times labour editor, banking editor and media editor and was then appointed assistant editor in charge of the comment page. Gapper became a columnist in 2003 and was based in New York between 2005 and 2012.




  1. ^ "John Gapper". Financial Times. Retrieved 26 June 2015.
  2. ^ "John Gapper - Who Comments?". Retrieved 28 March 2016.
  3. ^ a b Gapper, John; Denton, Nick (1996). All That Glitters: The Fall of Barings. London: Hamish Hamilton. ISBN 978-0241136997.
  4. ^ a b Gapper, John (2012). A Fatal Debt. New York: Ballantine Books. ISBN 978-0345527899.
  5. ^ Powers, Katherine (20 July 2012). "Book World: Rosie Dastgir's 'A Small Fortune' and John Gapper's 'A Fatal Debt'". The Washington Post. Retrieved 26 June 2015.
  6. ^ a b Gapper, John (2015). The Ghost Shift. New York: Ballantine Books. ISBN 978-0345527929.
  7. ^ Evans, David (6 February 2015). "'The Ghost Shift', by John Gapper". Financial Times. Retrieved 26 June 2015.
  8. ^ "A Little Learning | Oxford Today". Retrieved 28 March 2016.
  9. ^ Gapper, John (2011). How to be a Rogue Trader. Portfolio. ASIN B006CUFYTO.
  10. ^ "The Comment Awards : Shortlist and Winners 2011" (PDF). Retrieved 22 February 2017.
  11. ^ "Society of Editors, Fighting for media freedom". 25 November 2014. Retrieved 22 February 2017.
  12. ^ "2013 Loeb Award Winners Press Release | UCLA Anderson School of Management". 25 June 2013. Retrieved 22 February 2017.
  13. ^ "2014 BIB Winner's list «  SABEW". Retrieved 22 February 2017.

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