Nassim Taleb Biography | Taleb Profile and Background of Black Swan
Jos Nieland, Teacher, Netherlands, SIG Leader
FAMILIY BACKGROUND: Nassim Nicolas Taleb was born in Amioun, Lebanon in 1960 as son of an old, well known family. His father was an oncologist and his grandfather vice prime minister of Lebanon.
EDUCATION: Taleb received an MBA from Wharton and a PhD from the University of Paris.
CAREER: He was a trader for BNP Paribas, Credit Suisse, UBS en started and owned Empirica Capital. He is an advisor of Universa Investments. Was market maker at the derivatives market in Chicago.
CURRENT OCCUPATIONS: Taleb is a distinguished Professor Risk Engineering at New York Polytechnic Institute. Also he is an advisor of the IMF (not paid), to develop financial and potentially fiscal applications of his simple heuristic to detect fragility, model error and hidden tail exposures.
BACKGROUND BLACK SWAN: In 1975 the civil war in Lebanon started. After 800 years of peace! It was a Black Swan. Nobody knew what was going on and they thought the war would soon be ove...