Sometime being around for awhile can be seen as a bad thing, but when your international bestsellers have sold over 14 million copies worldwide that stereotype is doubtful.
John, now 81, started his career in the Marine Corps before undertaking studies in Utah, Cornell and Harvard Universities. From here he worked in the corporate world as an executive for IBM and Eastern Kodak. His next position was in government as Assistant Secretary of Education under President Kennedy when he was 34, continuing his work in government under President Johnson.
He’s traveled around the globe since then holding a litany positions and titles. Since the 80’s John has focused on his writing career, his major bestseller Megatrends published in 1982 was a New York Times bestseller staying on that list for two years. He’s authored other bestsellers such as Re-inventing the Corporation, Megatrends 2000, Global Paradox, Megatrends Asia, Japan’s Identity Crisis and most recently China’s Megatrends: The 8 Pillars Of A New Society.
John’s also worked as a visiting fellow at Harvard University, Moscow State University, and started the Naisbitt China Institute in Tianjin, China in 2007. John’s wife Doris is also a sinophile who’s interest in China began ten years ago. Besides helping run the Naisbitt China Institute she’s a professor at Yunnan University and former head of the Austrian publisher Signum Verlag, which she upgraded to become a major player in the German-language business-book market.
John and Doris Naisbitt live in Vienna, Austria, and Tianjin, China.