• Richard Florida

Richard Florida

World-renowned expert on the creative class

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2015 Ranking: #14


Richard Florida is an “urbanist” and commentator on creativity and innovation. Fast Company described him an “intellectual rock star.”

The author of several global bestsellers including The Rise of the Creative Class (2003), Cities and the Creative Class (2004), The Flight of the Creative Class (2005), and Who’s Your City (2008). He is also a senior editor for The Atlantic, where he co-founded and serves as Editor-at-Large for Atlantic Cities, the world’s leading media site devoted to cities and urban affairs.  

Director of the Martin Prosperity Institute at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School, Florida is global research professor at New York University’s School of Professional Studies, and a visiting professor at Florida International University. He also founded the Creative Class Group, which works closely with governments and companies worldwide.

According to the Economist, “Florida is as close to a household name as it is possible for an urban theorist to be in America.”

Esquire magazine has included him on its annual list of “The Best and the Brightest,” and MIT Technology Review recently named him one of the world’s most influential thinkers.  GDI also named him one of the world’s global thought leaders of 2013.  He is also a member of the Global Agenda Council on the Creative Economy, World Economic Forum.

Florida appears regularly on CNN and other news broadcasts and is a regular contributor to the op-ed pages of major newspapers and magazines. TIME magazine recognized his Twitter feed as one of the 140 most influential in the world.

Florida previously taught at Carnegie Mellon and George Mason University, and has been a visiting professor at Harvard and MIT and a Visiting Fellow at the Brookings Institute.