Zack O'Malley Greenburg
Zack O'Malley Greenburg (born March 8, 1985, New York City) is an American writer, journalist and former child-actor. 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.
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.
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, Diddy, 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 Dan's Papers, The Huffington Post, Yale Daily News, AOL Daily Finance, and other news outlets. He has also served as an expert source for CNBC, BBC, Bloomberg, Reuters, NPR and other print, web, radio and video outlets.
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. 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
Empire State of Mind: How Jay-Z Went From Street Corner to Corner Office was released on March 17, 2011. 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.
- The real story behind his association with Armand de Brignac champagne.
Michael Jackson, Inc.
From the official blurb: 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.
- "Forbes Author Profile". Forbes. Retrieved March 18, 2011.
- SCHULTZ, JONATHAN (March 17, 2011). "What happened to the Jay-Z jeep?". New York Times. Retrieved March 18, 2011.
- "Greenburg beats odds to lead the Elis"
- "Bruno Mars Reveals Inspiration Behind Billionaire"
- "Diddy at SXSW"
- O'Malley Greenburg, Zack (June 15, 2008). "Lorenzo's Oil – And Lorenzo's courage". Washington Post.
-  Yale Alumni Directory
- Greenburg website
- "IMDb profile". IMDB.
- Parkes, Gwen. "How Jay-Z Turns Everything He Touches". AOL Jobs. Retrieved March 18, 2011.
- Schultz, Jonathan (March 17, 2011). "What happened to the Jay-Z Jeep?". New York Times. Retrieved March 18, 2011.
- "Book | Michael Jackson, Inc."
- BOOK | Michael Jackson, Inc.