Nouriel Roubini Was The Black Sheep In His Family For Rejecting His Parents' Religion

roubini cake

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.

NOW WATCH: Money & Markets videos

Want to read a more in-depth view on the trends influencing Australian business and the global economy? BI / Research is designed to help executives and industry leaders understand the major challenges and opportunities for industry, technology, strategy and the economy in the future. Sign up for free at research.businessinsider.com.au.