Dylan Jason Ratigan
April 19, 1972
|Education||Union College (BA)|
|Occupation||Founder, Helical Holdings|
|Host of MSNBC's The Dylan Ratigan Show|
Dylan Jason Ratigan (born April 19, 1972) is an American businessman, author, film producer, former host of MSNBC's The Dylan Ratigan Show and political commentator for The Young Turks. He was a candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives in New York's 21st Congressional District. He is a former contributor to The Huffington Post.
The former Global Managing Editor for Corporate Finance at Bloomberg L.P., Ratigan has developed and launched more than six broadcast and new media properties. They include CNBC's Fast Money and Closing Bell, as well as DylanRatigan.com, which hosts his podcast, Greedy Bastards Antidote. From 2009 to 2012, Ratigan hosted The Dylan Ratigan Show, the highest-rated non-prime time show on MSNBC, aimed at critiquing what Ratigan described as an unholy alliance between big business and government. His first book, Greedy Bastards, was released in 2012, and spent five consecutive weeks on the New York Times Best-Sellers List. In 2017, he joined The Young Turks as a political commentator.
Ratigan was born in the village of Saranac Lake, in upstate New York, the son of Adrienne (née Dodge), a psychotherapist, and John Ratigan. His grandfather, Frank Ratigan, was mayor of Saranac Lake from 1957-61.
Ratigan is of Irish (father), Hungarian Jewish (maternal grandfather) and Italian (maternal grandmother) descent. He was raised by his single mother. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in political economy from Union College of Union University in Schenectady, where he was a member of the crew team.
Ratigan was the Global Managing Editor for Corporate Finance at Bloomberg News Service, and before that had covered Mergers and Acquisitions, the U.S. Stock Market and IPOs. At Bloomberg, he co-created and hosted Morning Call for Bloomberg's cable network and the USA Network. He was a contributor to ABC News and his articles have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Miami Herald and Chicago Tribune.
Ratigan was the host of Fast Money (co-created with Susan Krakower and launching on June 21, 2006). Previously, he was the first anchor of CNBC's On the Money. He also anchored the CNBC TV program Bullseye for about a year and a half. In addition to his former duties as co-anchor on Closing Bell, Ratigan was a rotating co-anchor of The Call.
Ratigan left as host of Fast Money in 2009, provoked by outrage over the government's handling of the 2008 financial crisis. Since then, he has dedicated his work to launching platforms that engage and debate the U.S. government on policy, while opening the door for millions to learn more about money's often poisonous role in democracy. The New York Times reported he was considering all options but quoted him as saying he was dedicated to covering the economy, "the story that is affecting every American in every setting."
Morning Meeting launched June 29, 2009. Ratigan also contributes to other NBC News programs. Ratigan described the show's imperative as "to discuss any and all political issues with no directive other than to provide compelling content." The show was the second ever on the network to air in HD, as the network launched their programming in that format.
On May 27, 2010, Ratigan appeared as a guest host on the daily internet news and opinion show, The Young Turks. Cenk Uygur, regular host of The Young Turks was a frequent guest on The Dylan Ratigan Show.
On January 9, 2012, he appeared as a guest on The Rachel Maddow Show on MSNBC, discussing the premise of his book, Greedy Bastards, viz. the swindling and robbing of America by "government corruption and corporate communism, incensed by banksters shaking down taxpayers, and despairing of an ailing health care system, an age-old dependency on foreign oil, and a failing educational system".
The final episode of The Dylan Ratigan Show was on June 22, 2012.
In Ratigan's final CNBC broadcast from the floor of the NYSE he reported on what he called "an important story developing" that Goldman Sachs and "a variety of European banks," in his assessment and that of his guests, essentially "perpetrated securities fraud" and an "insurance fraud scam" against AIG — and, by extension, the government and taxpayers funding that insurance company's "bailout" — by insuring their questionable investment vehicles and, upon their devaluation, making claims on them to be paid by AIG "at 100 cents on the dollar" despite all of the markdowns "being forced upon every other" entity including the government, banks, shareholders, bond holders, taxpayers and homeowners.
On the August 10, 2011, broadcast of The Dylan Ratigan Show, in a round table discussion of the market meltdown following the Budget Control Act of 2011, Ratigan made a two-minute-long speech against what he perceived to be the state of politics in the United States government, saying:
We've got a real problem! This is a mathematical fact! Tens of trillions of dollars are being extracted from the United States of America. Democrats aren't doing it, Republicans aren't doing it. An entire integrated system, financial system, trading system, taxing system, that was created by both parties over a period of two decades is at work on our entire country right now. And we're sitting here arguing about whether we should do the $4 trillion plan that kicks the can down the road for the president for 2017, or burn the place to the ground, both of which are reckless, irresponsible, and stupid.-- Dylan Ratigan, 10 August, 2011 speech on the American economy and political system, The Dylan Ratigan Show, MSNBC
The video of his impassioned speech went viral and was praised by other media sources. TV Newser wrote that it was "a powerful, emotional editorial on the economy and Washington". On a follow-up post on his website the day after he wrote that he had received a lot of positive mail from viewers, writing "I'm mad as hell. And according to the piles and piles of responses I got after my rant, so are you."
He is the founder of Helical Holdings and helped invent the company's Helical Outpost, a standardized plug-and-play resource system that produces clean water, connectivity, solar power, hydroponic produce and a community hub.
On May 21, 2013, he appeared on The Daily Show and discussed his association with a high tech hydroponic farming project employing military veterans. He appeared on Charlie Rose on May 23, 2013 to discuss his work with military veterans.
In February 2018, Ratigan announced that he is running for Congress, seeking the Democratic nomination to challenge Republican incumbent Elise Stefanik in New York's 21st congressional district. Ratigan said that he has never voted in an election, claiming a "disgust" with "two choices that are available to" him.
On June 26th 2018 Ratigan lost the NY 21st District Democratic Primary to Tedra Cobb. However, he won a write-in campaign for the Women's Equality nomination in the same district - by getting two votes while two rival write-in candidates got one vote each. The chair of the Women's Equality Party, Susan Zimet, announced efforts to stop Ratigan from running, as "we don't want our line to be a spoiler".