Latest news: John's new book The Rich will be published by Little, Brown on October 2nd. The book can be pre-ordered now on 

"The Rich, a History"

The Rich: From Slaves to Super-Yachts: A 2,000-Year History

From the Orwell Prize shortlisted author of Freedom for Sale, The Rich is the fascinating history of how economic elites from ancient Egypt to the present day have gained and spent their money.

Starting with Ancient Egypt and Greece and culminating with the oligarchies of modern Russia and China, it compares and contrasts the rich and powerful down the ages and around the world. What unites them? Have the same instincts of entrepreneurship, ambition, vanity, greed and philanthropy applied throughout?

As contemporary politicians, economists and the public wrestle with the inequities of our time - the parallel world inhabited by the ultra-wealthy at a time of broader hardship - it is salutary to look to history for explanations. This book synthesises thousands of years of human behaviour and asks the question: is the development of the globalised super-rich over the past twenty years anything new?

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John's last two books, Freedom For Sale and Blair's Wars were published to wide acclaim.

Creative Industries Federation

John is Director of the Creative Industries Federation, the first national representative body for arts, culture and the creative industries across the UK.

Welcoming all parts of the sector, from visual arts to performing arts, architecture and design, publishing and film, music and fashion, broadcasting and digital media, advertising, crafts, computer games and more, the Creative Industries Federation will bring together private sector and publicly funded cultural organisations, think tanks and education bodies, large and small, across the UK.

The work to establish the organisation began in March under Director John Kampfner and Chair Sir John Sorrell. Board members include Sir Nicholas Serota, Lord Hall of Birkenhead and Tessa Ross. A formal launch is planned for late autumn 2014, alongside the launch of a national membership scheme.

For the latest news and information:

Turner Contemporary, Margate

Turner Contemporary

John is Chair of the board of Turner Contemporary, one of the UK's highest profile art galleries. The opening of the gallery in Margate in April 2011 received plaudits around the world, and it is regarded as one of the UK's most important culture-driven regeneration projects. In August 2013 the gallery welcomed its one millionth visitor.

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King’s College, London

John is a member of the Council of King’s College London.

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