Beth Kobliner

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Beth Kobliner
Born (1965-01-18) January 18, 1965 (age 58)
EducationBrown University (BA)
SpouseDavid E. Shaw

Beth Kobliner (born January 18, 1965) is an American personal finance commentator, journalist and author of the New York Times bestsellers Get a Financial Life: Personal Finance in Your Twenties and Thirties.[1] and 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, Kobliner 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 then nine-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 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] the daughter of a New York high school principal and a high school chemistry teacher turned homemaker.[29] Kobliner is a graduate of Brown University,[30] where she studied literature.[29] Following college, she worked for Sylvia Porter, a pioneer in the personal finance field,[30] and later joined Money magazine as a staff writer.[29] Through the Shaw Family Endowment Fund, she and her husband have donated $1 million to Organizing for Action, $400,000 to the Stephen Wise Free Synagogue, $400,000 to Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, $1 million to Yale University, $800,000 to the Horace Mann School, $1 million to Stanford University, and $1 million to Harvard University.[31]

Personal life[edit]

Kobliner is married to hedge fund manager and billionaire David E. Shaw.[32] They are members of the Stephen Wise Free Synagogue in New York.[33] They have three children, and live in New York City.[34]


  1. ^ Lieber, Ron (May 25, 2009). "Your Money; Financial Advice for Recent Graduates". New York Times.
  2. ^ Byrnes, Brendan (28 May 2014). "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". Archived from the original on 2013-08-27. Retrieved 2013-08-06.
  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". 26 February 2014. Retrieved 5 August 2014 – via National Archives.
  10. ^ Kobliner, Beth; Shaw, Jacob (24 September 2013).; Jacob's Eye Patch. ISBN 9781476737362.
  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". Chicago Tribune. Archived from the original on June 6, 2011. Retrieved June 22, 2011.
  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". Archived from the original on 2011-07-17. Retrieved 2011-06-22.
  17. ^ "".
  18. ^ "; Your Life, Your Money National Advisory Board". PBS.
  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 (27 July 2014). "Start Early to Raise Money-Savvy Kids". Wall Street Journal. 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. ^ Sher, Cindy (June 22, 2009). "'Get a Financial Life' - 2009 guide offers tips to getting young people on financial track in tough economic times". Oy Chicago. Archived from the original on February 21, 2018 – via Wayback Machine.
  28. ^ Josephs, Susan (Winter 2011). "Dollars & Sense - In today's anxious financial climate, these savvy women are helping educate and empower women to take control of their money". Jewish Women Magazine. Archived from the original on January 24, 2015 – via Wayback Machine.
  29. ^ a b c Iwata, Edward (May 1, 1996). "Wake-up call for Xers". San Francisco Chronicle.
  30. ^ 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.
  31. ^ Cohen, Rick (June 20, 2014). "Philanthropically Speaking, Who are the Donors to Organizing for Action?". Nonprofit Quarterly.
  32. ^ The Real Deal: "Hedge funder spends $75M on Westchester manse" August 01, 2012
  33. ^ "Stephen Wise Free Synagogue > Tikkun Olam - Center for Values and Community Service". Archived from the original on 2013-04-15. Retrieved 2013-04-29.
  34. ^ "Forbes profile: David Shaw". Forbes. Retrieved 10 October 2019.

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