Ben Mezrich is the author of eleven books, including the wildly successful Bringing Down the House: The Inside Story of Six M.I.T. Students Who Took Vegas for Millions, which spent sixty-three weeks on the New York Times Best Seller List, and sold over 2 million copies in twelve languages. As an author speaker for corporate events or at colleges and universities, Mezrich delivers the good as well as the perfect commencement or keynote speaker. On the lecture stage he brings to vivid life the clandestine worlds that have figured in his blockbuster books and made him one of the hottest commodities in publishing and entertainment today.
Ben Mezrich has created his own highly addictive genre of nonfiction, chronicling the amazing stories of young geniuses making tons of money on the edge of impossibility, ethics, and morality.
While writing these true stories, he has been afforded access to worlds seldom talked about. During his research for Bringing Down the House, he taped $250,000 to his body and smuggled it through airport security with some of the most notorious card-counters in the world, getting to taste the lifestyle of the Las Vegas high roller upon arrival. While writing Ugly Americans, he visited exclusive 'Japanese Only' underground sex clubs in Tokyo and juggled roadblocks and run-ins against the Japanese mafia.
Now, Mezrich is Hollywood's next big thing. The Accidental Billionaires has been optioned by Sony Pictures via Trigger Street Productions and Scott Rudin, with Aaron Sorkin attached to adapt the screenplay. Kevin Spacey, Dana Brunetti and Mike Deluca will be producing along with Rudin. Kevin Spacey also produced and starred in the Sony production of Mezrich's NY Times Best Selling book, Bringing Down the House, titled 21, which was the number one movie in the country for two weeks, as well as a huge international hit. Both of Mezrich's other New York Times Bestsellers, Ugly Americans and Rigged, have been optioned for the big screen, by 2929 and Summit respectively.
Mezrich has appeared often on TV, including a stint on Court TV with a series titled "High Stakes with Ben Mezrich." The show utilized his unique contacts to explore the culture of young, highly educated millionaires and their clandestine hobbies. Mezrich also hosted the World Series of Blackjack for GSN and has several scripted and non-scripted TV projects in the works.