Beth Kobliner

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search

Beth Kobliner is a personal finance commentator and journalist, and author of the New York Times bestseller Get a Financial Life: Personal Finance in Your Twenties and Thirties.[1] She's currently writing a new book, Make Your Kid a Money Genius (Even If You're Not).[2] In 2010, she was appointed by President Obama to the President's Advisory Council on Financial Capability,[3][4] and was instrumental in developing the council's Money as You Grow initiative.[5][6][7] The site,, has reached over one million visitors.[8] In February 2014, Beth was appointed by President Obama to the President's Advisory Council on Financial Capability for Young Americans.[9]

Kobliner is also the co-author, with her eleven-year-old son, of the 2013 children's book Jacob's Eye Patch, illustrated by Jules Feiffer.[10][11]

Kobliner served as an advisor for Sesame Street's financial education initiative, and appeared in an outreach video with the character Elmo.[12][13][14] She is a contributor to the Huffington Post [4] and,[15] has participated regularly in public radio's national programs The Takeaway,[16] and Marketplace, on which she discussed teens and money with her daughter in the "Beth and Becca" segment.[17] Kobliner has been a columnist at Glamour [18] and Redbook magazines,[19] and has contributed to a number of publications including The New York Times,[4][20] The Wall Street Journal,[21] O: The OprahMagazine,[22] Parade,[23] and Reader's Digest.[24] She was a featured correspondent[25] and national outreach advisor[26] for the PBS special Your Life, Your Money.

Early Life and Education[edit]

Kobliner grew up in a Jewish family,[27][28][29] the daughter of a New York high school principal and a homemaker.[30] Kobliner is a graduate of Brown University,[31] where she studied literature.[30] Following college, she worked for Sylvia Porter, a pioneer in the personal finance field,[31] and later joined Money magazine as a staff writer.[30]

Personal life[edit]

Kobliner is married to hedge fund manager and billionaire David E. Shaw.[32] The Shaws are members of the Stephen Wise Free Synagogue in Manhattan.[33]


  1. ^ Lieber, Ron (May 25, 2009). "Your Money; Financial Advice for Recent Graduates". New York Times.
  2. ^ Byrnes, Brendan. "An Interview With Personal Finance Expert Beth Kobliner". Retrieved 5 August 2014. 
  3. ^ The White House (October 12, 2010). "President Obama Announces More Key Administration Posts". Press Release. Retrieved 2011-6-5.
  4. ^ a b c King, Danny (October 14, 2010). "Kobliner, Ketchum Among Obama Appointees for 'Financial Literacy' Council". Daily Finance.
  5. ^ "; The Best Back-to-School Money Lessons for Kids". 
  6. ^ "; What Kids Should Know About Money". 
  7. ^ Rosen, Amy. "; Financial Literacy for All Young Americans". 
  8. ^ Eisenberg, Richard. "How To Manage Your Money Better After 50". Retrieved 5 August 2014. 
  9. ^ "President Obama Announces More Key Administration Posts". Retrieved 5 August 2014. 
  10. ^ "; Jacob's Eye Patch". 
  11. ^ "". 
  12. ^ Hannon, Kerry (April 14, 2011). "Second Verse; From Sesame Street to Wall Street: Teaching Pre-Schoolers Money Skills". Forbes.
  13. ^ MarksJarvis, Gail (May 13, 2011). Elmo puts kids on right street to financial literacy". Chicago Tribune.
  14. ^; Good Morning America (May 20, 2011). "Elmo, 'Sesame Street' and PNC Bank Team Up to Teach Kids Money Management".]
  15. ^ "". 
  16. ^; People. Retrieved 2011-6-6.
  17. ^ "". 
  18. ^ "; Your Life, Your Money National Advisory Board". 
  19. ^ Moses, Lucia (December 16, 2009). "Redbook Adds New Columnists, Including a Man". Adweek.
  20. ^ Lieber, Ron (April 15, 2011). "Your Money; Too Young for Finance? Think Again". The New York Times.
  21. ^ Kobliner, Beth. "Start Early to Raise Money-Savvy Kids". Retrieved 5 August 2014. 
  22. ^ "; Fall Shopping Guide". 
  23. ^ "U.S. Department of the Treasury; Resource Center". 
  24. ^ "Reader's Digest; Your Credit Score: The Magic Number Explained". 
  25. ^; Types of Insurance-Interview Highlights from Your Life, Your Money. Retrieved 2011-6-6.
  26. ^; Your Life, Your Money National Advisory Board. Retrieved 2011-6-6.
  27. ^ Oy Chicago: "‘Get a Financial Life’ - 2009 guide offers tips to getting young people on financial track in tough economic times" By Cindy Sher June 22, 2009
  28. ^ Jewish Women Magazine: "Dollars & Sense - In today’s anxious financial climate, these savvy women are helping educate and empower women to take control of their money" By Susan Josephs Winter 2011
  29. ^ Beth Kobliner website: "I am a Cover Girl" retrieved April 1, 2013
  30. ^ a b c Iwata, Edward (May 1, 1996). "Wake-up call for Xers". San Francisco Chronicle.
  31. ^ a b The Brown University News Bureau (May 16, 1996). "1996 Forums to feature Sandra Day O'Connor, Mary Chapin Carpenter". Press Release. Retrieved 2011-6-6.
  32. ^ The Real Deal: "Hedge funder spends $75M on Westchester manse" August 01, 2012
  33. ^ Stephen Wise Free Synagogue retrieved April 1, 2013

External links[edit]