Born in Istanbul, Nouriel was expected to become a rug dealer like his dad. Obviously, he didn’t.
“I was kind of like a black sheep,” Roubini tells GQ’s Benjamin Kunkel – not just because he rejected his family’s chosen profession.
Roubini didn’t want any part of his parents’ Orthodox Judaism, or in remaining part of the close-knit community of Iranian Jews in Milan, either.
He floated the idea of becoming a nuclear engineer, but instead became an economic advisor to the president and predicted mass doom and gloom in February 2008.
Then his predictions came true and he became the economist-style James Bond with a flock of followers all his own.
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