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Walter Isaacson

Author and Professor, Tulane University


Walter Isaacson is the Leonard Lauder Professor of American History and Values at Tulane. He is the past CEO of the Aspen Institute, where he is now a Distinguished Fellow, and has been the chairman of CNN and the editor of TIME magazine. Isaacson’s most recent biography is "Elon Musk" (2023). He is also the author of "The Code Breaker: Jennifer Doudna, Gene Editing, and the Future of the Human Race" (2021), "Leonardo da Vinci" (2017), "The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution" (2014), "Steve Jobs" (2011), "Einstein: His Life and Universe" (2007), "Benjamin Franklin: An American Life" (2003), and "Kissinger: A Biography" (1992), and co-author of "The Wise Men: Six Friends and the World They Made" (1986). He is a host of the show “Amanpour and Company” on PBS and CNN and a contributor to CNBC. He serves on the board of United Airlines, Bloomberg Philanthropies, the Society of American Historians, Halliburton Labs, The New Orleans City Planning Commission, and My Brother’s Keeper Alliance. He is an advisory partner at Perella Weinberg, a financial services firm based in New York City.

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