Zack O'Malley Greenburg

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Zack O'Malley Greenburg (born March 8, 1985, New York City) is an American writer, journalist and former child-actor.[1] He is a staff writer at Forbes Magazine, where he covers business, music and sports, and authors a popular blog called The Beat Report. He is also the author of two books: Michael Jackson, Inc.: The Rise, Fall, and Rebirth of a Billion-Dollar Empire, and a biography of Jay-Z, entitled Empire State of Mind: How Jay-Z Went From Street Corner to Corner Office.[2]

Professional life[edit]

Greenburg's first writing job was reviewing video games at Boys' Life Magazine at the age of 14. While at Yale, he wrote extensively for the Yale Daily News as a varsity baseball beat reporter, sports columnist and scene (arts and living) writer. A feature he authored on a varsity outfielder who had returned to the field after nearly dying in a car crash won him a prestigious award his senior year.[3]

He has written more than 200 articles for Forbes, Forbes Asia and Forbes.com. His reporting has mostly focused on business, travel, music, and finance. He has interviewed many influential figures, including: Bruno Mars,[4] Diddy,[5] 50 Cent, Akon, Russell Simmons, Steve Wozniak, Afrika Bambaataa, Natasha Bedingfield, Swizz Beatz, Paul Volcker, Lil Jon, DMX, Dr. Ruth and Mr. T.

He has also written for The Washington Post[6] Dan's Papers, The Huffington Post, Yale Daily News, AOL Daily Finance, and other news outlets.[7] He has also served as an expert source for CNBC, BBC, Bloomberg, Reuters, NPR and other print, web, radio and video outlets.[8]

Personal life[edit]

Both of Greenburg's parents are authors: his father, Dan Greenburg, may be best known for the series The Zack Files (named after his son), and his mother, Suzanne O'Malley, is a former writer for Law & Order, and author of a book on Andrea Yates. A former child actor, he played the title role in the film Lorenzo's Oil, alongside Nick Nolte and Susan Sarandon.[9] He moved from New York to Hastings-on-Hudson, New York and graduated from Hastings High School in 2003. Greenburg graduated from Yale College with a degree in American Studies and a concentration in Urban Studies, and started writing for Forbes Magazine in 2005.

Empire State of Mind[edit]

Empire State of Mind: How Jay-Z Went From Street Corner to Corner Office was released on March 17, 2011.[10] The book, published by Penguin Portfolio, tells the story of Jay-Z’s business successes, through extensive interviews with classmates, former business partners, and industry insiders. Notable sources include hip-hop luminaries such as DJ Clark Kent, Questlove of The Roots, Damon Dash, Fred “Fab 5 Freddy” Brathwaite, MC Serch; NBA stars Jamal Crawford and Sebastian Telfair; and recording industry executives including Craig Kallman, CEO of Atlantic Records. Greenburg reveals new information on Jay-Z’s various business dealings, including:

  • The feature movie about Jay-Z and his first basketball team that was filmed by Fab 5 Freddy in 2003 but never released.
  • The Jay-Z branded Jeep that was scrapped just before going into production.[11]
  • The real story behind his association with Armand de Brignac champagne.

Michael Jackson, Inc.[edit]

Michael Jackson, Inc.: The Rise, Fall, and Rebirth of a Billion-Dollar Empire was released on June 3, 2014.[12]

From the official blurb:[13] Underlying Jackson’s unique history is the complex but universal tale of the effects of wealth and fame on the human psyche. A valuable case study for generations of entertainers to come and for anyone interested in show business, Michael Jackson, Inc. tells the story of a man whose financial feats, once obscured by his late-life travails, have become an enduring legacy.

Notable sources interviewed for the book included music industry veterans Berry Gordy, John Branca, Teddy Riley, Martin Bandier and Walter Yetnikoff; artists 50 Cent, Sheryl Crow, Pharrell Williams, Slash, Diddy and Jon Bon Jovi; and members of the Jackson family.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Forbes Author Profile". Forbes. Retrieved March 18, 2011. 
  2. ^ SCHULTZ, JONATHAN (March 17, 2011). "What happened to the Jay-Z jeep?". New York Times. Retrieved March 18, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Greenburg beats odds to lead the Elis"
  4. ^ "Bruno Mars Reveals Inspiration Behind Billionaire"
  5. ^ "Diddy at SXSW"
  6. ^ O'Malley Greenburg, Zack (June 15, 2008). "Lorenzo's Oil – And Lorenzo's courage". Washington Post. 
  7. ^ [1] Yale Alumni Directory
  8. ^ Greenburg website
  9. ^ "IMDb profile". IMDB. 
  10. ^ Parkes, Gwen. "How Jay-Z Turns Everything He Touches". AOL Jobs. Retrieved March 18, 2011. 
  11. ^ Schultz, Jonathan (March 17, 2011). "What happened to the Jay-Z Jeep?". New York Times. Retrieved March 18, 2011. 
  12. ^ "Book | Michael Jackson, Inc."
  13. ^ BOOK | Michael Jackson, Inc.

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