Anand Giridharadas, best known for his book Winners Take All which became a New York Times Bestseller, is an American author, columnist, political analyst and television commentator with MSNBC.
Former McKinsey consultant who later adopted many of the practices he now criticizes, Henry Crown fellow at Aspen Institute and writer for The International Herald Tribune and New York Times Currents section.
Early Life and Education
Giridharadas was born in Ohio and raised between Ohio, Maryland, Paris, France, and India. Visits with extended family in India inspired an interest in his Indian heritage that would later inform much of his writing. After graduation from Sidwell Friends School he studied politics and history at Michigan, Oxford and Harvard.
After college, he worked as a consultant at McKinsey & Company before leaving to report from India for both the International Herald Tribune and New York Times from Mumbai in 2003. When he returned home in 2009, he started writing the Currents columns for both newspapers as well as contributing longer magazine pieces.
He is the author of Winners Take All and India Calling and has also contributed articles for The Atlantic, The New Yorker and other publications. Additionally, he serves as Henry Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute, serves as political analyst on MSNBC, teaches narrative journalism at New York University and speaks on stages worldwide as an alumnus of TED.
Giridharadas, a former New York Times foreign correspondent, has authored multiple books. His most recent, Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World is an in-depth critique of billionaire philanthropy.
At first, he worked in management consulting firm McKinsey & Company before transitioning into journalism with International Herald Tribune and New York Times publications. Subsequently, he started writing longer magazine pieces as well as teaching narrative journalism at New York University.
He has appeared on television and addressed audiences worldwide, from MSNBC commentator to Henry Crown Fellow at Aspen Institute to being an Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute visiting scholar at New University.
Achievement and Honors
Giridharadas has written numerous books as an author and columnist, covering subjects spanning culture-politics-technology. His writing often tackles ultrawealthy philanthropy. Winners Take All, his New York Times best seller, is an investigation of how global elite’s charitable contributions sustain status quo while covering up their roles in creating problems they later attempt to remedy.
Giridharadas is a Henry Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute, an MSNBC commentator, and adjunct professor of narrative journalism at New York University. Additionally, he hosts political talk show Seat at the Table on Vice.
Giridharadas is married to Priya Parker, an author and workshop facilitator. They live together with two children in Brooklyn, New York. He holds both Indian ancestry and American citizenship.
Giridharadas serves as editor-at-large for TIME magazine and New York Times columnist, on-air political analyst for MSNBC and visiting fellow at the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute at New York University. He has contributed articles to The Times specialties, business travel book review sections as well as Sunday Review sections – as well as many magazines.
He is the author of three books, Winners Take All, The True American and India Calling. In addition to writing them all he regularly speaks on stages worldwide, teaches narrative journalism at NYU and was selected an Aspen Institute Henry Crown Fellow.
Giridharadas was born in Shaker Heights, Ohio on September 27, 1981 and stands at 5 ft 7 in. He and his wife reside in Brooklyn, New York together.
Giridharadas released his 2018 book “Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World,” an in-depth critique of how ultrawealthy individuals and groups play out their charitable and political activities. Giridharadas has spoken at conferences around the globe and taught narrative journalism at New York University; additionally he holds a Henry Crown Fellowship from Aspen Institute.
Giridharadas lives in New York City with his wife Priya B. Parker, an author as well. They met while traveling through India and now have two children together. Giridharadas was born September 27, 1981 in Shaker Heights, Ohio (United States) and stands at an average height. Giridharadas works at MSNBC as an author, columnist, political analyst and advocate for women’s rights and gay marriage issues. His other books include The True American and India Calling as well.