Andrew Ross Sorkin

Andrew Ross Sorkin

Sorkin in 2012
Born (1977-02-19) February 19, 1977
New York City, New York
Occupation Reporter and columnist for The New York Times
Alma mater Cornell University
Notable works Too Big to Fail: The Inside Story of How Wall Street and Washington Fought to Save the Financial System—and Themselves
Spouse Pilar Jenny Queen (m. 2007)

Andrew Ross Sorkin (born February 19, 1977) is an American journalist and author. He is a financial columnist for The New York Times and a co-anchor of CNBC's Squawk Box. He is also the founder and editor of DealBook, a financial news service published by The New York Times. He wrote the bestselling book Too Big to Fail and co-produced a movie adaptation of the book for HBO Films.

Early life and education

Sorkin was born in New York, the son of Joan Ross Sorkin, a playwright, and Laurence T. Sorkin, a partner at the law firm Cahill Gordon & Reindel.[1] Sorkin graduated from Scarsdale High School in 1995 and earned a Bachelor of Science from Cornell University in 1999. He is not related to Aaron Sorkin or noted defense lawyer Ira Lee Sorkin.[2]



Sorkin first joined The New York Times as a student intern during his senior year in high school. He also worked for the paper while he was in college, publishing 71 articles before he graduated. He began by writing media and technology articles while assisting the advertising columnist, Stuart Elliott. Sorkin spent the summer of 1996 working for Business Week, before returning to The New York Times. He moved to London for part of 1998. While there, he wrote about European business and technology for The New York Times and then returned to Cornell to complete his studies. At Cornell, he was vice president of Sigma Pi fraternity.

Mergers and acquisitions reporter

Sorkin joined The New York Times full-time in 1999 as the newspaper's European mergers and acquisitions reporter, based in London, and the following year became paper's chief mergers and acquisitions reporter, based in New York, a position he still holds. In addition, Sorkin started his financial-news website and email newsletter, DealBook, which he continues to edit. He writes a column by the same name (since April 2004) in the Tuesday editions (initially in Sunday editions). Sorkin also holds the title of assistant editor of business and finance news.

Sorkin has broken news of major mergers and acquisitions, including Chase's acquisition of JPMorgan Chase and Hewlett-Packard's acquisition of Compaq. He also led The New York Times' coverage of the world's largest takeover ever, Vodafone's $183 billion hostile bid for Mannesmann. Additionally, he broke the news of IBM's sale of its PC business to Lenovo, Boston Scientific's $25 billion acquisition of Guidant and Symantec's $13 billion deal for Veritas Software, and reported on News Corp.'s acquisition of Dow Jones and The Wall Street Journal.

Sorkin has reported on the Wall Street financial crisis, including the collapse of Bear Stearns and Lehman Brothers, and the government bailout of other major investment banks and AIG. He has also written about the troubled American auto industry.

In 2007, Sorkin was one of the first journalists to identify and criticize a tax loophole for private equity firms and hedge funds. He first wrote about the topic in a column in March 2007 calling the tax treatment a “charade”[3] and later wrote about it on the front page of The New York Times.[4] He has written at least a half dozen articles critiquing the tax practice by private equity firms and advocated for the government to end the loophole.[5]

In 2014, Sorkin wrote a series of columns criticizing American corporations for trying to lower their US tax bill by merging with smaller foreign companies in a transaction known as an “inversion”.[6] He also criticized the Wall Street banks that advised US companies to pursue such deals, describing the banks as "corporate co-conspirators”.[7] Sorkin called on the government to end the practice. On September 22, 2014, the Obama administration changed the tax laws to make it more difficult for US companies to merge to avoid taxes.[8]

On the PRISM surveillance program and Edward Snowden situation, Sorkin said "I would arrest him and now I'd almost arrest Glenn Greenwald, the journalist who seems to be out there, he wants to help him get to Ecuador."[9] The next day, Sorkin apologized for the comment; Greenwald accepted, tweeting "Thank you: accepted & appreciated."[10] Reviewing his record after his anti-Greenwald outburst, Matt Taibbi described Sorkin as "a shameless, ball-gargling prostitute for Wall Street".[11]


In October 2001, while a journalist at The New York Times, Sorkin started DealBook, a newsletter about deal making and Wall Street.[12] DealBook was one of the first financial news aggregation services on the Internet.[12] In March 2006, Sorkin introduced a companion website published on The New York Times, with updated news and original analysis throughout the day.[13] In 2007, DealBook won a Webby Award for Best Business Blog[14] and it won a SABEW award for overall excellence.[15] In 2008, the site won an EPpy Award for Best Business Blog.[16] A Rolling Stone columnist criticized the site for being sponsored by the same entities it purports to cover objectively, including but not limited to Goldman Sachs.[17][18]


In July 2011, Sorkin became a co-anchor on CNBC's Squawk Box in addition to his duties at The New York Times. Sorkin has appeared on NBC's Today show, Charlie Rose and The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer on PBS, MSNBC's Hardball and Morning Joe, ABC's Good Morning America, The Chris Matthews Show, HBO's Real Time with Bill Maher, the BBC World Service, Comedy Central's The Daily Show and The Colbert Report, and was a frequent guest host of CNBC's Squawk Box before joining the ensemble. Sorkin also hosted a weekly seven-part, half-hour PBS talk-show series called It's the Economy, NY, which focused on how the evolving economic crisis was affecting New Yorkers.[19]

Sorkin is the co-creator for the Showtime series Billions, an American television drama series created with Brian Koppelman and David Levien, starring Paul Giamatti and Damian Lewis.[20] The series is loosely based on crusading federal prosecutor of financial crimes Preet Bharara, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York.[20][21] The show premiered in January 2016.

Too Big to Fail

Sorkin's book on the Wall Street banking crisis, Too Big to Fail: The Inside Story of How Wall Street and Washington Fought to Save the Financial System—and Themselves, was published by Viking October 20, 2009.[22] It won the 2010 Gerald Loeb Award for best business book of the year, was on the shortlist for the 2010 Samuel Johnson Prize, shortlisted for the 2010 Financial Times and Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year Award, and was on The New York Times Best Seller list (non-fiction hardcover and paperback) for six months. The book was adapted as a movie by HBO Films and premiered on HBO on May 23, 2011. The film was directed by Curtis Hanson and the screenplay was written by Peter Gould. The cast included William Hurt as Hank Paulson, the Treasury Secretary; Paul Giamatti as Ben Bernanke, the chairman of the Federal Reserve; Billy Crudup as Timothy Geithner, the then president of the New York Federal Reserve; James Woods as Richard Fuld, the CEO of Lehman Brothers, Edward Asner as Warren Buffett, the CEO of Berkshire Hathaway; Cynthia Nixon as Michele Davis, assistant secretary for public affairs at Treasury; Bill Pullman as Jamie Dimon, CEO of JPMorgan Chase; as well as Topher Grace as Jim Wilkinson, Chief of Staff to the Treasury Secretary. Sorkin was a co-producer of the film and had a cameo appearance as a reporter.[23]


Sorkin won the Gerald Loeb Award in 2005 for breaking news, and in 2010 for his book Too Big to Fail.[24] He also won a Society of American Business Editors and Writers Award for breaking news in 2005 and again in 2006. In 2007, the World Economic Forum named him a Young Global Leader.[25] Also in 2007, named Sorkin one of New York's "most influential scribes."[26] In 2008, Vanity Fair magazine named Sorkin as one of 40 new members of the "Next Establishment,"[27] and he appeared on the UJA Federation's 2013 list of 40 under 40 top "movers and shakers" in the Jewish community.[28] He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

In popular culture

In the penultimate episode of Breaking Bad, called Granite State, Sorkin is briefly referenced.[29] He is said to have written an op-ed in The New York Times accusing fictional entrepreneurs Gretchen and Elliott Schwartz of making donations to drug rehabilitation centers in the hopes of cleansing their company's image after the Walter White scandal.[29] Sorkin actually went on and wrote the entire fictional article afterwards.[29][30]


Sorkin married Pilar Jenny Queen in 2007.[1]


  1. 1 2 "Pilar Queen, Andrew Sorkin". The New York Times. 2007-06-10.
  2. Andrew Ross Sorkin [andrewrsorkin] (5 Jul 2009). "since i keep getting asked all weekend, i'm not related to aaron sorkin nor am i related to ira lee sorkin. sorry to disappoint." (Tweet) via Twitter.
  3. "Of Private Equity, Politics and Income Taxes". The New York Times. 11 March 2007.
  4. "Congress Weighs End to Private Equity Tax Break". The New York Times. 21 June 2007.
  5. "Putting a Bull's-Eye on a Tax Loophole". The New York Times. 10 March 2009.
  6. "A Deal to Dodge the Tax Man in America". New York Times.
  7. "Banks Cash in on Mergers Intended to Elude Taxes". New York Times.
  8. "The President's Statement on Today's Treasury Department Action on Inversions". White House.
  9. Greenwald: Beltway media types are ‘courtiers to power’, Washington Post, By Erik Wemple, Published: June 24, 2013, retrieved from on 6/24/2013
  10. "Glenn Greenwald on Twitter". Twitter.
  11. Matt Taibbi (27 June 2013). "Hey, MSM: All Journalism is Advocacy Journalism". Retrieved 27 June 2013.
  12. 1 2 "Andrew Ross Sorkin: The man behind Dealbook". The Telegraph. Retrieved 2016-01-21.
  13. "More About DealBook - DealBook Blog -". 2006-03-01. Archived from the original on 9 May 2010. Retrieved 2010-05-22.
  14. "Webby Nominees & Winners". Archived from the original on 20 May 2010. Retrieved 2010-05-22.
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  17. "The Times' Andrew Ross Sorkin Gives Goldman a Rubdown". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2010-06-13.
  18. "The 'Big Short' and Goldman's New Story". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2010-06-13.
  19. "It's The Economy, NY". Thirteen. Retrieved 2010-05-22.
  20. 1 2 Kelly, Jon. "Billions Co-Creator Andrew Ross Sorkin Reveals How He Brought Wall Street Drama to TV". Vanity Fair. Retrieved 2016-02-22.
  21. Orden, Erica. "Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara's Office Gets Hollywood Treatment in Showtime Series". Wall Street Journal. ISSN 0099-9660. Retrieved 2016-02-22.
  22. "''Too Big to Fail'', Andrew Ross Sorkin, Penguin Group (USA)". Retrieved 2010-05-22.. ISBN 978-0-670-02125-3
  23. "Too Big to Fail (2012)".
  24. "2005 Winners | UCLA Anderson School of Management". Retrieved 2010-05-22.
  25. "World Economic Forum - Search tool". Retrieved 2010-05-22.
  26. Silicon Alley Insider (2007-11-08). "23. Andrew Ross Sorkin". Retrieved 2010-05-22.
  27. Vanity Fair.Com Archived August 30, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
  28. Almaz (10 April 2013). "40 Under 40 List Includes PR Agency CEO and Andrew Ross Sorkin". PRUSA. EverythingPR.
  29. 1 2 3 "NY Times' Andrew Ross Sorkin Writes Fictional Column Around His Breaking Bad Shout-Out". Mediate. Retrieved 2016-02-08.
  30. Sorkin, Andrew Ross. "Breaking Bad: The Gray Matter of Charity". DealBook. Retrieved 2016-02-08.

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