Alan Friedman is a journalist and best-selling author who is also a television producer and documentary filmmaker. Born in New York City on April 30, 1956, he was educated at NYU (B.A. Politics and History), the London School of Economics (International Relations), and the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (M.A. International Economics and Law). He spent the past 30 years as an award-winning correspondent and columnist with The Financial Times of London, The International Herald Tribune/The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal Europe.
In the past three years, Friedman has interviewed Donald Trump, Vladimir Putin, and Silvio Berlusconi. He is also a prominent talk show host and commentator on Italian television. In 2003, he helped Rupert Murdoch set up and launch the SkyTG 24 news channel in for Sky Italy. In Mumbai, he and producer Samir Gupta helped launch Murdoch’s Star One channel in 2004 with their Hindi-language production of the reality show, Fashion House, featuring Donatella Versace and Abhishek Bachchan.
Friedman has published eight international bestsellers, starting with Agnelli and the Network of Italian Power (1988) and including My Way, his recent biography of billionaire Silvio Berlusconi. His books have been translated into 16 languages. He also wrote and produced the film, My Way: The Rise and Fall of Silvio Berlusconi, which is currently on Netflix in India and in 190 other countries.
A former contributing editor at Vanity Fair and The New Yorker magazine, Friedman worked with Tina Brown between 1989 and 1995.
He is married and lives between the United States and Tuscany.