Zanny Minton Beddoes
Minton Beddoes at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in 2013
Susan Jean Elisabeth Minton Beddoes

July 1967 (age 56)
Shropshire, England
EducationMoreton Hall School
Alma materUniversity of Oxford (BA)
Harvard University (MA)
OccupationEditor-in-chief of The Economist
SpouseSebastian Mallaby
AwardsGerald Loeb Award (2012 and 2017)

Susan Jean Elisabeth "Zanny" Minton Beddoes (born July 1967) is a British journalist. She is the editor-in-chief of The Economist, the first woman to hold the position. She began working for the magazine in 1994 as its emerging markets correspondent.[1]

On February 2, 2015, she became editor-in-chief of The Economist, and the first woman to hold the position. She is also a member of the Board of Directors of The Economist Group.

Education and early life

Born in Shropshire,[2] Minton Beddoes was educated at Moreton Hall School near Oswestry, received a Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Oxford, where she studied Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) as an undergraduate student of St Hilda's College, Oxford. She earned a master's degree at Harvard University as a Kennedy Scholar from 1989 to 1990, and had the scholarship fully renewed for an additional year.[3]


After graduation, she was recruited as an adviser to the Minister of Finance in Poland, in 1992,[4] as part of a small group headed by Professor Jeffrey Sachs of Harvard. She then spent two years as an economist at the International Monetary Fund (IMF), where she worked on macroeconomic adjustment programmes in Africa and the transition economies of Central and Eastern Europe.

Through this work, she joined The Economist in 1994 as the newspaper's correspondent for emerging markets, based in London. She became the Economics editor in 1996, overseeing global economics coverage from Washington DC, and later moved to Business Affairs editor, responsible for business, finance and science. She began as the 17th editor-in-chief on 2 February 2015, the first woman to hold the position.[5][6]

Secured by her appointment to the top editor position at The Economist, Minton Beddoes was described by the 2015 edition of Debrett's 500 as "one of the most influential voices in financial journalism".[7] She has written surveys of the world economy, Latin American finance, global finance and Central Asia. She has written extensively about the American economy and international financial policy; the enlargement of the European Union; the future of the IMF; and economic reform in emerging economies. She has been published in Foreign Affairs and Foreign Policy, contributed chapters to several conference volumes, and edited Emerging Asia (Asian Development Bank, 1997), a book on the future of emerging-markets in Asia.[8]

In May 1998, she provided expert testimony on the introduction of the Euro to the United States House Financial Services Subcommittee on International Monetary Policy and Trade, a subcommittee of the House Committee on Financial Services.[9]

In 2010, Minton Beddoes spoke at Princeton University with Peter Orszag, Director of the Office of Management and Budget, and Professor Alan Blinder, Chair of the Center for Economic Policy Studies at Princeton. Their discussion was called "How Did We Get Into this Mortgage Mess, and How Do We Get Out?"[10] In 2012, she gave the 28th Annual Max Rosenn Lecture on "Stress-Testing America's Prosperity". Minton Beddoes is a regular commentator on Marketplace and other public radio programmes. She has also appeared on CNN, the BBC World Service, Charlie Rose,[11] PBS NewsHour, CNBC, NBC and Real Time with Bill Maher.[12]

She is a trustee of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and a member of the Research Advisory Board of the Committee for Economic Development.[13]

In 2015, Minton Beddoes was one of 133 invitees to the 63rd Bilderberg conference, an invitation-only meeting of top business leaders, politicians, academics and royalty, for an informal and secret discussion of world issues.[14][15]


Personal life

Minton Beddoes, the eldest daughter of a former British army officer and his German-born wife,[18] was born Susan Jean Elisabeth Minton Beddoes.[2] She later acquired the nickname Zanny. She is married to British-born journalist and author Sebastian Mallaby. They have four children.[19]


  1. ^ Appearances on C-SPAN
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  4. ^ Sweney, Mark (29 May 2016). "Economist editor: "We don't want to be the grandpa at the disco"". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Archived from the original on 22 December 2017. Retrieved 20 December 2017.
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  6. ^ Kemp, Stuart (22 January 2015). "Economist magazine appoints its first female editor". The Guardian. Archived from the original on 14 July 2015. Retrieved 4 March 2015.
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  8. ^ "Zanny Minton-Beddoes". 28 January 2009. Archived from the original on 30 January 2010. Retrieved 18 April 2009.
  9. ^ Smith, United States Congress House of Representatives Office of Representative John. "Archives | Financial Services Committee | U.S. House of Representatives". Retrieved 3 June 2020.
  10. ^ "Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs |". Princeton University. Archived from the original on 25 June 2010. Retrieved 18 April 2009.
  11. ^ "The Global Economy: A Roundtable Discussion". Archived from the original on 5 January 2017. Retrieved 29 June 2017 – via
  12. ^ " – Leading Speakers Bureau for world's greatest speakers, entertainers and celebrities > Speakers > Advanced Search". Archived from the original on 13 November 2007. Retrieved 18 April 2009.
  13. ^ "About - Carnegie Endowment for International Peace". Archived from the original on 7 April 2010. Retrieved 27 March 2010.
  14. ^ Kottasova, Ivana (11 June 2015). "Inside the world's most secretive VIP meeting". CNN. Archived from the original on 21 July 2015. Retrieved 12 August 2015.
  15. ^ Parkinson, Justin (10 June 2015). "Just who exactly is going to the Bilderberg meeting?". BBC. Archived from the original on 16 August 2015. Retrieved 12 August 2015.
  16. ^ "UCLA Anderson Announces 2012 Gerald Loeb Award Winners". UCLA Anderson School of Management. 26 June 2012. Retrieved 2 February 2019.
  17. ^ "UCLA Anderson School of Management Announces 2017 Gerald Loeb Award Winners". UCLA Anderson School of Management. 27 June 2017. Retrieved 31 January 2019.
  18. ^ The Economist (15 September 2018), Steve Bannon interviewed by Zanny Minton Beddoes | The Economist, archived from the original on 25 September 2018, retrieved 20 September 2018
  19. ^ "Why a bookcase is a living museum of your mind according to whiz publisher Nigel Newton". 19 May 2017. Retrieved 26 February 2018.
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