Malcolm Gladwell is a Canadian journalist, public speaker, and author. He has worked for some of the most famous news publishing outlets like the New Yorker. Also an author of repute, his works include books like Outliers: The Story of Success and The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference. Most of his work is focused on the effects of research in the social sciences. Areas of focus include sociology, psychology, and social psychology.
Malcolm Gladwell Biography, Age
Gladwell was born on the 3rd of September, 1963 in Fareham, Hampshire, England. His full name at birth is Malcolm Timothy Gladwell. He was born to a pair of accomplished individuals. His mother, Joyce Gladwell is a Jamaican psychotherapist and his father is a mathematics professor, Graham Gladwell from Kent, England.
The family lived in rural Canada and at the time he was six, the family moved from Southampton to Elmira, Ontario, Canada. When Gladwell was in high school, he was an athlete involved in middle-distance running and even went on to win the 14-year-old-boys’ 1500 meters’ title at the 1978 Ontario High School Championships in Kingston, Ontario. He won the championship with a time of 4:05:20.
Gladwell attended the University of Toronto, Trinity College, Toronto and graduated with a degree in History in 1984. He had also interned with the National Journalism Center in Washington, D.C in 1982 as well.
He found it hard to be accepted at any advertising agency he applied for after having decided to undertake a career in advertising. He later did accept a post at The American Spectator as a journalist, moving to Indiana.
From 1987 to 1996, Gladwell worked at The Washington Post, covering the areas of science and business for the publication. After he ended his tenure with the capital-based publication, he started out at The New Yorker where he stated that he wanted to “mine current academic research for insights, theories, directions, or inspiration”.
Ther articles “The Tipping Point” and ‘‘The Coolhunt” which were written by Gladwell in 1996 for The New Yorker brought him some popularity. His recent escapades have seen him co-create the Next Big Idea Club with Susan Cain, Daniel Pink, and Adam Grant. He still writes for The New Yorker.
Aside from his time as a journalist, he is also a recognized and published author with at least five books. His first book, The Tipping Point was published in 2000 and its inspiration came from the sudden drop in crime in New York City. He had written an article by the same name in 1996. His work even went on to have a degree of impact on some of the policies of the NYPD.
After The Tipping Point, the next book to be written by Gladwell was Blink. It was published in 2005. It was an international bestseller with over 2 million copies sold. His third book was Outliers, published in 2008 and then What the Dog Saw: And Other Adventures was published on October 20, 2009. It was a book that had a compilation of his favorite articles since he began to work at The New Yorker.
Most of the stories it contained had varying angles on issues. His book David and Goliath released in October 2013, has its emphasis on the tussle between underdogs and favorites.
With many years spent in the journalistic field along with well-recognized works globally. Malcolm Gladwell has been able to amass quite a fair share of wealth in his time. Malcolm Gladwell’s net worth stands at an estimated $30 million.
Malcolm Gladwell is not married. He has actually never been married before. Those who are close to him confess that even though he is sociable and charming, he has attracted so many girlfriends without actually being able to settle down.
Malcolm’s father is Graham Gladwell, an Englishman from Kent. Mr. Gladwell was a professor of Mathematics and Engineering at the University of Waterloo. He married Joyce Nation who was a Jamaican psychotherapist.
Malcolm and his family have always endured racial slurs and profiling in his time. He even recollects his family being served an eviction notice from their London flat because “your wife is colored” his father was told by the landlady. Gladwell was raised Christian but departed the faith while he was living in New York.
Is He Gay?
Gladwell’s sexuality has always been a topic of discussion. With no woman in his life and his constant advocacy for gay rights, many have accused him of being a closeted gay. However, he has never come out to deny or confirm these claims.