About

Tom Burgis: Biography

Tom Burgis is an award-winning investigative reporter. Based in London after years as a foreign correspondent in South America and Africa, he is a long-standing member of the Financial Times’ investigations team. He has exposed major corruption scandals, covered terrorist attacks, coups and forgotten conflicts, and traced dirty money from the Kremlin to Washington. His journalism has won awards in the US and Asia and he has twice been shortlisted at the British Press Awards, the British Journalism Awards and the European Press Prize.

His first book, The Looting Machine, was published in 2015. It revealed how the exploitation of Africa's vast natural resources condemns the continent to corruption, conflict and poverty. The New York Times called it a ‘brave, defiant book’. It won the Overseas Press Club of America's award for the year's best book on international affairs.

Kleptopia: How dirty money is conquering the world, his second book, was published in September 2020. It exposes the hidden connections that link a massacre on the Kazakh steppe and a stolen election in Zimbabwe to the City of London and, ultimately, the White House. Burgis reveals how the world's kleptocrats – those who rule through corruption – are uniting and threaten to overwhelm democracy.

UK agent - Sophie Lambert sophie.lambert@cwagency.co.uk

US agent - Sloan Harris sharris@icmpartners.com

Dramatic rights - Luke Speed luke.speed@curtisbrown.co.uk

You can reach Tom directly on tom.burgis@ft.com

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Other journalism

The Making of a Neo-Nazi Killer

What drove the Thomas Mair to kill Jo Cox in the days before the EU referendum?

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What is African art?

The concept raises difficult questions but the work speaks for itself

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A singer gives voice to Africa’s anger

An interview with Nneka.

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The Trouble with Hinkley Point

Why Jane Fonda is to blame for the UK’s nuclear problems

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Appearances

Dirty Money, 'Kleptopia' And World Leaders

Tom talks about the rise of kleptocracy on NPR

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The Africa Report podcast

Tom and legendary Africa journalist Patrick Smith explore the African angle on Kleptopia

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Keen On podcast

Tom talks with Andrew Keen about dirty money, secrecy and disinformation

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Trumpcast

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Reasons to be Cheerful with Ed Miliband and Geoff Lloyd

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China in Africa

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The Steinmetz affair

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UK nuclear energy

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How the secrecy industry works

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On Tommy Mair

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Oxford Literary Festival

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Centre for Investigative Journalism

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The New Economy

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Center for Strategic and International Studies

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Oslo Freedom Forum

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