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Bethany McLean

Known for
"Is Enron Overpriced?"


Williams College

Bethany McLean talking with wavy hair down, a window and a flower in the background while wearing a black dress and dangling earrings

December 12, 1970 (age 53) (
Hibbing, Minnesota

The Smartest Guys in the Room, All the Devils Are Here

Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room

Sean M. Berkowitz (m. 2008), Chris Wilford (m. 2000–2006)

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Bethany McLean (born December 12, 1970 in Hibbing, Minnesota) is a contributing editor to Vanity Fair magazine, and known for her work on the Enron scandal and the 2008 financial crisis. She had been an editor at large and columnist for Fortune and a contributor to Slate.


Bethany McLean smiling having her hair down with buildings and a river in the background while wearing a blue sleeveless dress and dangling earrings

Bethany mclean author all the devils are here


McLean grew up in Hibbing, Minnesota and received her BA in English and mathematics at Williams College in 1992. After college and prior to joining Fortune, she worked as an investment banking analyst for Goldman Sachs.

McLean joined Vanity Fair as a contributing editor in 2008. She joined Slate as a contributor to the Moneybox column in 2010.

McLean married Chris Wilford in 2000. They divorced in 2006. In May 2008, McLean married Sean Berkowitz, a partner with the law firm, Latham & Watkins. Berkowitz is the former Director of the Enron Task Force; they met through their mutual connection to that case. They currently reside in Chicago with their two young children.


Her column, "The Bulldog", appeared regularly in Fortune.

McLean is the co-author, with Fortune colleague Peter Elkind, of The Smartest Guys in the Room, exposing the corrupt business practices of Enron officials. The book was the result of her reporting on Enron for the magazine and she first wrote about Enron with her article in the March 5, 2001 issue of Fortune entitled, "Is Enron Overpriced?". The book was later made into the Academy Award nominated documentary Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room.

She co-authored a book with New York Times columnist Joe Nocera on the 2008 financial crisis titled All the Devils Are Here. It details what happened and concludes it was not an accident, that banks understood the big picture before the crisis happened but continued with bad practices.

In September 2015, she published Shaky Ground: The Strange Saga of the U.S. Mortgage Giants which examines the governance and financial situation of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac seven years after the 2008 financial crisis.


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