John Train is an investment advisor, columnist, and author of over 20 books translated into many languages, including the financial classics Money Masters of Our Time and The Craft of Investing.

He has written over 400 columns and articles for The Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, American Spectator, Harvard, Magazine, Forbes, Town and Country, Le Matin (Paris), Strategic Review and other publications.

His activities and affiliations include the following.

U.S. National

Appointed by Presidents Reagan, Bush Sr., and Clinton as a director of independent government agencies and entities dealing with Africa, Asia, and Central Europe

United States Army
1954-1956 (plus eight years in reserves)

Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and US Information Agency
Former Advisor


The Train Foundation, sponsor of the Civil Courage Prize

Council on Foreign Relations

International Institute for Strategic Studies (London)

American University in Bulgaria
Trustee, then Council

International Rescue Committee
Director, then Overseer

Foreign Policy Association
Former Trustee

Afghanistan Relief Committee
Former Chairman

British Natural History Museum International Foundation
Former Chairman

World Monuments Fund
Former Director

Seton Hall University
Former Overseer, School of Diplomacy and International Relations


Montrose Group (New York)

Train, Babcock Advisors (New York)

Genesis Emerging Markets Fund (London) and other funds
Former Director

ICAP, S.A. (Athens); Chateau Malescasse (Bordeaux)
Founder and Former Chairman

The Paris Review
Co-founder and Former Managing Editor


Harvard University
BA 1950, magna cum laude; MA 1951

Groton School
Diploma 1946
Distinguished Grotonian Award 1996

Official Recognition

Ordine del Merito (Italy)

Stella della Solidarieta

Provincia di Udine (Italy)
Riconoscenza Medal

Order of St. John
Officer (Queen’s Birthday Honours 1997)

External Links

Civil Courage Prize
Paul Klebnikov Fund
Train Babcock Advisors
Wikipedia article on John Train