# A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

Mad Hatter

Written By
Paul Tracy
Updated November 4, 2020

What is a Mad Hatter?

In the business world, a mad hatter is a leader, usually a CEO, who makes unusual or impulsive decisions.

How Does a Mad Hatter Work?

In Lewis Carroll's book Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, the main character, Alice, meets the Mad Hatter. The Mad Hatter enjoys frustrating Alice, and asks her riddles that, in turns out, he doesn't know the answers to. He engages Alice in pointless conversations and is a symbol of Wonderland's arbitrary and nonsensical sense of order. As Carroll writes: "Alice felt dreadfully puzzled. The Hatter's remark seemed to have no sort of meaning in it, and yet it was certainly English."

Why Does a Mad Hatter Matter?

In the business world, mad hatters are very frustrating to work for. They often make capricious decisions that make little or no sense, leaving employees and stakeholders puzzled. Sometimes the decisions are for personal gain, though other times they are simply bad decisions.
 

Ask an Expert about Mad Hatter
At InvestingAnswers, all of our content is verified for accuracy by Paul Tracy and our team of certified financial experts. We pride ourselves on quality, research, and transparency, and we value your feedback. Below you'll find answers to some of the most common reader questions about Mad Hatter.
Be the first to ask a question

If you have a question about Mad Hatter, then please ask Paul.

Ask a question

Paul has been a respected figure in the financial markets for more than two decades. Prior to starting InvestingAnswers, Paul founded and managed one of the most influential investment research firms in America, with more than 2 million monthly readers.

If you have a question about Mad Hatter, then please ask Paul.

Ask a question Read more from Paul

Read this next

Paul Tracy - profile
Ask an Expert about Mad Hatter

By submitting this form you agree with our Privacy Policy

Share
close
Don't Know a Financial Term?
Search our library of 4,000+ terms