Suze Orman has been called "a force in the world of personal finance" and a "one-woman financial advice powerhouse" by USA Today. A two-time Emmy Award–winning television host, New York Timesmega best-selling author, magazine and online columnist, writer/producer, and one of the top motivational speakers in the world today, Orman is undeniably America’s most recognized expert on personal finance.
Orman is the contributing editor to "O" The Oprah Magazine, the Costco Connection Magazine, and for the last eight years host of the award-winning Suze Orman Show, which airs every Saturday night on CNBC. Over her television career, Orman has accomplished that which no other television personality ever has before. Not only is she the single most successful fund raiser in the history of Public Television, but she has also garnered an unprecedented six Gracie awards, more than anyone in the 34-year history of this prestigious award. The Gracies recognize the nation’s best radio, television, and cable programming for, by, and about women.
In October 2008, Orman was the recipient of the National Equality Award from the Human Rights Campaign. In May 2008, Time magazine named Orman as one of the TIME 100, The World’s Most Influential People. In April 2008, Orman was presented with the Amelia Earhart Award for her message of financial empowerment for women, and Saturday Night Live spoofed her three times during 2008.
Orman, who grew up on the South Side of Chicago, earned a bachelor’s degree in social work at the University of Illinois, and at the age of 30 was still a waitress making $400 a month.