Rolf Dobelli

Rolf Dobelli

Rolf Dobelli (born in 1966) received his MBA and PhD in philosophy from the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland. He is a serial entrepreneur, thinker and writer. He co-founded getAbstract, the world’s largest publisher of compressed business knowledge. He also founded ZURICH.MINDS, a community of some of the world’s most famous, distinguished thinkers, scientists, artists and entrepreneurs, including Nobel prize winner Kurt Wuthrich, Matt Ridley (The Rational Optimist), philosopher Daniel Dennett and many others. He regularly writes for Europe’s most esteemed newspapers, including Germany’s Die Zeit, FAZ („Germany’s New York Times“) and Switzerland’s Sonntagszeitung. From 2003 until 2008, Dobelli hosted a weekly television show about books and business topics on Bloomberg Television Germany. He has been quoted in The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Financial Times, Harvard Management Update and many other U.S. and European business publications.

Dobelli is best known as the author of The Art of Thinking Clearly, published by Carl Hanser Verlag, an instant success which spent 30 weeks in the number one spot on Germany’s Der Spiegel bestseller list and was the most popular non-fiction book for the entire 2012. Dobelli is member of PEN and serves on the boards of Life Science Zurich and Sosense. A pilot, sailor and Alpine snow skier, he has written six novels published by Diogenes. Critics and readers praise Dobelli as “a new voice in German fiction” and one of the few fiction writers who thoroughly understands the business world, from both an academic and a practical point of view. Rolf Dobelli does not consume news, with the exception of the magazines The New Yorker, Science and Nature.