Ben Mezrich graduated Magna Cum Laude from Harvard in 1991 and decided he wanted to be a writer. Since then he has published nine books with a combined printing of more than one and a half million copies in 12 languages. He is the author of Ugly Americans and the blockbuster, New York Times best-seller Bringing Down the House: The True Stories of Six M.I.T. Students Who Took Vegas for Millions, along with Rigged: The True Story of an Ivy League Kid Who Changed the World of Oil, from Wall Street to Dubai, a stunning look at the players and intrigue behind the oil industry. His most recent book is The Accidental Billionaires, an in-depth look at the founders of Facebook and upon which the movie The Social Network is based.
Rigged is the explicit, exclusive, true story behind the headlines that dominate the world stage. David Russo traded Brooklyn for the gold-lined hotel palaces of Dubai. He keeps company on the decks of private yachts in Monte Carlo- teeming with half-naked girls flown in by Saudi Sheiks and makes deals in the dangerous back alleys of Beijing. After conquering the hallowed halls of Harvard Business School, this ordinary kid enters the testosterone-laced warrens of the Merc Exchange, the asylum-like oil exchange located in Lower Manhattan. A place where billions of dollars trade hands every week, the Merc is like a casino on crack, where former garbage men become millionaires overnight and where fistfights break out on the trading floor. But the Merc is just a starting place. Taken under the wing of another young gun and partnering with a mysterious young Muslim, he embarks on a dangerous adventure to revolutionize the oil trading industry- and along with it, the world.
Mezrich has appeared on CNBC’s Fast Money, Power Lunch, Fox News’s Morning Show, CBS News’s Up to the Minute, and numerous radio and local television shows.
Mezrich has written several novels as well: Threshold, Reaper (which was made into the TV movie Fatal Error, staring Antonio Sabato, Jr. and Robert Wagner), and Fertile Ground, which was a Book-of-the-Month Club selection. Under the pen name of Holden Scott he wrote Skeptic and The Carrier.
Mezrich is a bi-monthly columnist for Stuff magazine, a columnist for Boston Common, and a contributor for Flush magazine in the UK. He graduated magna cum laude from Harvard in 1991. He lives in Boston.