Michalis Pantelouris was born in Berlin. After fruitless law studies in Hamburg and a short intermezzo as a photographer trainee, in 1997 he went to the German School for Journalism in Munich. He was a police-beat reporter for the Hamburger Abendblatt, editor at MAX, head reporter at FHM, editor-at-large at GQ and Creative Director for different print publications. As a freelance author, he writes for the supplement of the Süddeutsche Zeitung, for Geo, Weltwoche and other magazines. He was a consultant and developer for DIE ZEIT and the Handelsblatt.