As I previewed last night, this morning in Washington I had a chance to interview Al Gore at our Washington Ideas Forum. The full video is below, with some brief viewing tips after that.
The first 14 or 15 minutes, of the 25-minute total session, are about a previously underpublicized aspect of Al Gore’s post-vice presidential life. This constitutes the promised “news” of the session, and it’s what I explore more fully in a long article in the upcoming November issue of the magazine.
The short version of the news is: Over the past decade, Gore and his colleagues have developed and applied an unusual approach to investing in global stock markets, with a heavy emphasis on environmental sustainability. Ten years into this approach, they have results to report, and those results make them, startlingly, among the very, very most profitable asset managers anywhere in the world. You name your cutthroat financial expert, and Gore’s team will probably have come up with better returns.
That’s what Gore discusses in the beginning of our talk. The details of their approach, and the potential and the limits of the example they hope to set for the world financial system, are the subject of the upcoming article. You’ll get an idea of the pitch from this video.