How Do You Measure the Life of a Hero?
The 2018 biographical feature film, “A Private War,” recounts the story of American journalist Marie Colvin, who was killed while covering the siege of Homs, Syria, for the British newspaper The Sunday Times. Colvin was one of the most accomplished war correspondents of her generation, widely known by her trademark black eyepatch that she wore after losing her left eye to a Sri Lankan Army rocket-powered grenade.
FTI Consulting was approached by counsel for assistance in calculating the economic losses that resulted from Colvin’s untimely death for a lawsuit filed by Colvin’s family against the Syrian government. The pro bono project would prove extremely complex, requiring the development of a unique valuation model for the life of a global war correspondent.
In an article published by Consulting Magazine, Dr. Maria Tsennykh, a Senior Director in the Forensic & Litigation Consulting segment of FTI Consulting, recounts the difficult task of measuring the value of the life of a hero who saved hundreds of lives and bore witness to conflicts across the globe.