CFR Meetings

More Money than God: Hedge Funds and the Making of a New Elite

Speaker: Sebastian Mallaby
Presider: Jessica P. Einhorn

Wealthy, powerful, and potentially dangerous, hedge-fund moguls have become the stars of twenty-first-century capitalism. Their weekend mansions are fodder for Vanity Fair photographers; their potential to cause chaos preoccupied authorities even before the recent financial cataclysm. Based on unprecedented access to the industry, including three hundred hours of interviews and binders of internal documents, More Money Than God tells the inside story of hedge funds' origins in the 1960s and 1970s, their explosive battles with central banks in the 1980s and 1990s, and finally their role in the financial crisis of 2007 to 2009. Join Sebastian Mallaby for a discussion of the book and the role of hedge funds in the financial system.

See more in Financial Crises; United States

Global Economic Governance: Progress and Prospects in the G20, International Monetary Fund, and World Bank

Speakers: Eli Whitney Debevoise, Arvind Subramanian, and Antoine W. van Agtmael
Introductory Speaker: Stewart M. Patrick
Presider: David E. Sanger

A panel of experts discuss how various international institutions such as the G20, IMF, and World Bank are playing a role in today's system of global economic governance.

This session is part of a Council on Foreign Relations symposium on Rising Powers and Global Institutions in the Twenty-First Century and was made possible through generous support from the Robina Foundation.

See more in Global Governance; Economics

HBO History Makers: A Conversation with Ted Turner

Speaker: Ted Turner
Introductory Speaker: Daniel L. Schorr
Presider: David G. Bradley

Concentrating on his distinguished career in business, media, and philanthropy, Mr. Turner will share personal anecdotes and reflect on larger lessons for innovation and international relations. In collaboration with the Council on Foreign Relations, the Home Box Office History Makers Series sponsors speakers whose contributions made a prominent impact at a critical juncture in history.

See more in United States; Innovation; Media and Foreign Policy

Buiter: Sovereign Debt Problems to Continue

Speaker: Willem Buiter
Presider: Michael J. Elliott

Citigroup's Chief Economist Willem Buiter discusses the future of sovereign debt in the wake of the crisis in Greece.

This meeting was part of the C. Peter McColough Series on International Economics.

See more in Greece; Financial Crises

Leveraging New Technology for Women's Economic Empowerment: Understanding and Expanding Distribution Networks

Speakers: Katherine Lucey, Carolyn Makinson, and Toshihiro Nakamura
Presider: Isobel Coleman

Watch experts give examples of bringing technologies to developing countries and how distribution of these products works.

This session was part of The ExxonMobil Women and Development Roundtable Series which was made possible by the generous support of ExxonMobil.

See more in Women; Economic Development

Leveraging New Technology for Women's Economic Empowerment: Setting the Context: Challenges and Opportunities

Speakers: Leslie Cordes, Gail Karlsson, and Richenda Van Leeuwen
Introductory Speaker: Lorie D. Jackson
Presider: Isobel Coleman

Watch experts discuss energy challenges facing women in the developing world and how new technologies can improve conditions and save lives.

This session was part of The ExxonMobil Women and Development Roundtable Series which was made possible by the generous support of ExxonMobil.