Nicolas Berggruen

Nicolas Berggruen is an investor, philanthropist, and the Chairman and founder of the Berggruen Institute. Established in 2010, the institute is a non-profit, non-partisan think tank that works to develop foundational ideas about how to reshape political and social institutions in our rapidly changing world. It is focused on Great Transformations in the human condition, restructuring of global economics and politics, and advances in science and technology. The Berggruen Institute seeks to connect deep thought in the human sciences—philosophy and culture—to the pursuit of practical improvements in Nicolas’s efforts have been furthered by the formation of the 21st Century Council, the Council for the Future of Europe, and the Think Long Committee for California; all dedicated to the design and implementation of good governance—drawing from practices in both East and West.


Nicolas’s dedication and commitment to art and architecture have inspired him to actively participate in such communities, sitting on the boards of the Museum Breggruen, Berlin as well as the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in order to leave an enduring legacy. He is a member of the International Councils for the Tate Museum, London, the Museum of Modern Art, New York, and the President’s International Council for The J. Paul Getty Trust, Los Angeles. He has collaborated on projects with such renowned architects as Richard Meier, Shigeru Ban, and David Adjaye; and is presently planning the Institute’s new headquarters in the Santa Monica mountains with Swiss architecture firm Herzog & de Meuron and Los Angeles’ Gensler.


Mr. Berggruen is a published author, having co-written Renovating Democracy: Governing in the Age of Globalization and Digital Capitalism (University of California Press) with Nathan Gardels, and Intelligent Governance for the 21st Century, a Financial Times Book of the Year. He is the co-publisher of Noema Magazine and sought after contributing author to numerous publications as an industry thought leader.


Nicolas Berggruen is also Chairman of Berggruen Holdings, the investment vehicle of the Nicolas Berggruen Charitable Trust.


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