Stephen A. Schwarzman is chairman, C.E.O. and co-founder of Blackstone, one of the world’s leading investment firms. Schwarzman is an active philanthropist with a history of supporting education, culture and the arts, among other areas. This fall Schwarzman will be making his literary debut with “What It Takes: Lessons in Pursuit of Excellence,” which goes on sale September 17. Schwarzman holds a B.A. from Yale University and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. He lives in New York City with his wife, Christine, and three Jack Russell terriers.
Andrew Ross Sorkin is a financial columnist for The New York Times and a co-anchor of CNBC’s “Squawk Box.” Sorkin is also the founder and editor at large of DealBook, a news site published by The Times. He is the author of the best-selling book “Too Big to Fail: The Inside Story of How Wall Street and Washington Fought to Save the Financial System and Themselves,” which chronicled the events of the 2008 financial crisis. Sorkin co-produced an HBO adaptation of the book, which was nominated for 11 Emmy Awards. He is also co-creator of Showtime’s drama series “Billions.” He has won numerous journalistic honors, including two Gerald Loeb Awards, and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He started writing for The Times in 1995, under unusual circumstances: He was still in high school.