Diane Francis is an award-winning columnist, bestselling author, investigative journalist, television commentator and screenplay writer. She writes pieces for many newspapers including the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Daily Beast, Politico, the World Post, Miami Herald and is a regular contributor to the New York Post and The Guardian. She is Editor-at-Large at Canada’s National Post and writes for the US Edition of the Huffington Post. She is a regular contributor to Al Jazeera America and CCTV-America (China TV).
In addition she is a non-resident Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council in Washington DC within its Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center. She is also Adjunct Faculty with Singularity University in Mountain View California, a Distinguished Professor at Ryerson University’s Ted Rogers School of Management and has been a Visiting Fellow at Harvard University’s Joan Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy. In 1991, she became Editor of Canada’s Financial Post, the first woman editor of a national daily newspaper in Canada, a position she held until the paper was sold in 1998.
Her latest major project is completion of a full-length motion picture script with Hollywood producers. It is her concept and is a science fiction movie unlike any other ever made. She is also working on a second movie project, based on her seventh book “Bre-X: The World’s Biggest Gold Swindle.”
She is an expert on Silicon Valley, future technology, geopolitics, energy, business and white collar crime. Not shy of controversy, her direct and forceful writing has established her international reputation in covering the personalities, trends and financial backstories that affect companies, individuals, governments and societies.
Born in Chicago, she immigrated to Toronto, Canada with her husband where they launched a commercial art studio, invested in real estate and raised two children. After taking a feature writing course at a community college, she became a freelance writer, specializing in business and politics for such outlets as the Toronto Star, Quest and Macleans magazines in Canada. At The Toronto Star, she gained recognition as a business and also as a white collar crime expert, leading to regular television commentaries. Upon joining the Financial Post as a columnist, she developed a national following, was promoted to director and then editor.
Diane Francis has interviewed and written about hundreds of CEOs, billionaires, heads of state, international criminals, Interpol officials, “big thinkers” and academics. These include Bill Gates, George Soros, Christine Lagarde, Larry Summers, Clayton Christensen, Margaret Thatcher, Ronald Reagan, Carlos Salinas, Mexican guerrilla leader Subcommandante Marcos, Pervez Musharaff, Angel Gurria, and Raghuram Rajan, to name just a few. She has been a participant at the Davos World Economic Forum for 20 years.
Diane’s 10 books cover government corruption, business fraud, money laundering, politics, immigration and economics. Her first book, Controlling Interest: Who Owns Canada? launched a firestorm by revealing that one third of Canada’s wealth was in the hands of just 32 families and 5 conglomerates. Her most recent book, Merger of the Century: Why Canada and America Should Become One Country, posits that both countries should combine in order to combat Russia, China and the Asian Tigers’s emerging economies. The New Yorker called it “shrewd” and The Toronto Star “meticulously documented.”
She has traveled and covered major news events including the fall of the Berlin Wall to the dismantling of the Soviet Union; the independence of the Ukraine and its Orange Revolution; the biggest boiler room stock fraud in Amsterdam to the biggest gold swindle, Bre-X; Mandela’s ascension to power in South Africa; the 1994 assassination of Presidential candidate Colosio in Mexico as well as the dangers and dreams of Mexicans and their smugglers crossing illegally into the U.S., the Colombian cocaine trade and the Quebec referendum on separation from Canada, to name some highlights.
She divides her time between New York City and Toronto, where she is active on various charitable and corporate boards.