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Date Of BirthApril 18, 1964
SpouseAyaan Hirsi Ali (m. 2011), Sue Douglas (m. 1994–2011)
FactNiall Ferguson is a professor of history at Harvard University.

Niall Ferguson is a British historian and author. He is the Milbank Family Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, and a senior fellow of the Center for European Studies, Harvard University. Ferguson has written fourteen books, including The Ascent of Money: A Financial History of the World (2008) and The Square and the Tower: Networks and Power, from the Freemasons to Facebook (2018).

Ferguson was born in Glasgow, Scotland, on 18 April 1964, the son of James Campbell Ferguson, a doctor, and Molly Ferguson (née Knox), a social worker. He has two younger brothers, Malcolm and Colin. Ferguson was educated at Glasgow Academy, where he was dux of his class, and at Magdalen College, Oxford, where he graduated with a first-class honours degree in history in 1985.

Ferguson’s first book, Paper and Iron: Hamburg Business and the Rise of the Third Reich (1995), was based on his doctoral thesis. It was followed by The Pity of War (1998), a re-examination of the causes of the First World War. In 2000, Ferguson published The Cash Nexus: Money and Power in the Modern World, 1700–2000, which looked at the relationship between economics and politics from a historical perspective.

In 2004, Ferguson published Colossus: The Price of America’s Empire, which examined the United States’ global role in the early 21st century. In 2006, he released The War of the World: Twentieth-Century Conflict and the Descent of the West, a history of the world during the first half of the 20th century.

Ferguson’s most recent book is The Square and the Tower: Networks and Power, from the Freemasons to Facebook (2018), which looks at the role of networks in history.

Ferguson has been a visiting professor at a number of universities, including Oxford, Stanford, Harvard, Columbia, and New York University. He is currently a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, and a senior fellow of the Center for European Studies at Harvard University.

Ferguson has been married three times. His first marriage was to Susan Douglas-Scott, with whom he has two sons. His second marriage was to Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a Somali-born Dutch politician and author. They have one son. His third marriage is to Louise Mensch, a British journalist and author. They have two children.

Ferguson has an estimated net worth of $25 million.

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Full NameNiall Ferguson
Date Of BirthApril 18, 1964
ProfessionAuthor, Professor, Historian
EducationThe Glasgow Academy, Magdalen College, Oxford, Christ's College, Cambridge, Peterhouse, Cambridge


SpouseAyaan Hirsi Ali (m. 2011), Sue Douglas (m. 1994–2011)
ChildrenThomas Ferguson
ParentsMolly Ferguson, Campbell Ferguson


TV ShowsThe War of the World

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1[on 'why there is no longer a penalty for reckless mistakes and negligence'] This is puzzling thing, and I think it's one of the unintended consequences of regulatory pathology. If you create these enormous edifices of regulation, as well as choking growth, you make it so all people have to do to stay out of jail is to be compliant. They don't necessarily have to do the right thing, they just have to be able to say, 'We complied with the regulations', and then if there's any further issue there's a civil suit and you pay your $100-million fine and carry on - which was the case in more than a few instances during the financial crisis. There's no discretion for a supervisory authority to say, 'Thia is a bad guy, we're going to revoke his licence', or even send him to jail.
2When I'm trying to cheer myself up about the prospect of, say, Afghanistan, I remind myself that Scotland was the Afghanistan of 17th century Europe - warring mountain tribesmen and religious zealots in the lowlands, and one-hundred years later you have the Scottish Enlightenment.
3Under democracy, the young and unborn are always disenfranchised and it doesn't really matter whether there are lots of them or relatively few of them. What we've seen post-1945 is that they are potential victims of a consistent policy that postpones payment, championed by politicians who desperately want the cost of whatever they do to be borne by future generations. It boils down to intergenerational inequity. We should just start accounting honestly for public finances instead of using these dodgy conventions that any company could be convicted of fraud for using. Start looking at governments in the way that we look at companies and ask, 'Where's the balance sheet? What are the liabilities? What are the assets? What is the time horizon beyond ten years?'
4It's clear that the most important issue in China is not should they have elections, which seems a long way off, but should the Communist Party be subject to an independent judiciary, which it currently isn't. That's the big question that remains to be solved there, and it will be resolved pretty soon. We should recognize what are the really important institutional changes and not kid ourselves that if you hold elections in, say, Egypt, everything's going to be fine.
5I'm not sure there's anything 'triumphalist' about the writing I've done. There are people who like to pretend that I am a neo-conservative triumphalist, which I never was. They just never bothered to read my books because it's much easier just to make these things up.
6We have fallen into the trap of believing that very, very complex laws addressing every conceivable contingency are good. But,in fact, common-law systems in England and in North America were once highly conducive to economic innovation because they adapted, they were evolutionary rather than prescriptive. We have slipped into what I call codification mania, a very dangerous road to go down, leading to the rule of law being replaced by the rule of lawyers because the rules are no longer transparent or simple, nor is access to justice relatively easy.


1Niall Ferguson is a professor of history at Harvard University.



Civilization: Is the West History?2011TV Series documentary 1 episode
The Ascent of Money2008TV Movie documentary book
Empire: How Britain Made the Modern World2003TV Series documentary


Almost2008Short special thanks


Fox Files2016TV SeriesHimself - Harvard University
Fareed Zakaria GPS2012-2016TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Guest
Sunday Morning Futures with Maria Bartiromo2015TV SeriesHimself - Author, Kissinger 1936-1968
This Week2006-2014TV SeriesHimself
Newsnight2014TV SeriesHimself - Contributor
America: Imagine the World Without Her2014DocumentaryHimself
The Pity of War2014TV Movie documentary
Charlie Rose2011-2013TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Real Time with Bill Maher2009-2013TV SeriesHimself - Guest / Himself
Piers Morgan Tonight2013TV SeriesHimself
Valentino's Ghost2012DocumentaryHimself
The Hour2011TV SeriesHimself
Tavis Smiley2008-2011TV SeriesHimself
The Colbert Report2008-2011TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Guest
Civilization: Is the West History?2011TV Series documentaryHimself - Presenter
Question Time1993-2011TV SeriesHimself
CNBC Originals2010TV SeriesHimself - Financial Historian
Glenn Beck2009TV SeriesHimself - Author, 'The Ascent of Money' / Harvard Professor
The Ascent of Money2008TV Movie documentaryNarrator
The World Without US2008Video documentaryHimself - U.K., History Professor, Oxford
The War of the World2006TV Movie documentary
The Sunday Programme2003-2006TV SeriesHimself
American Colossus2004TV Movie documentaryPresenter
American Experience2003TV Series documentaryHimself
Empire: How Britain Made the Modern World2003TV Series documentaryHimself - Presenter
The Great War and the Shaping of the 20th Century1996TV Mini-SeriesHimself

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