Carmen Rita Wong

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Carmen Rita Wong
Born New York, New York, United States
Status Divorced
Education Fairfield, B.A.
Columbia, M.S. in Psychology
Occupation Author, journalist & personal finance expert
Notable credit(s) CNBC On the Money (2005) host,
financial contributor for CBS This Morning,
Marketplace Money host
Author, "Generation Debt"
Spouse(s) Lawrence Ulrich (divorced)
Family one daughter

Carmen Rita Wong is an American radio, television & online journalist, and personal finance expert at CNBC where she was the former host of the 2005 version of On the Money, a personal finance program. She is currently a contributor to The Dr. Oz Show and iVillage. Wong also writes a blog for that focuses on taking control of your personal finances.[1]

In October 2013, she was named host of the weekly radio program Marketplace Money, produced by American Public Media, beginning with the program of November 2, 2013.[2] While giving financial advice on the Marketplace Money program of October 26, 2013, she also revealed that she is now divorced and a single mother. As of February, 2014, Marketplace's website refers to her as a "Former Host."[3]

Wong's blog made its debut on and her advice columns appear monthly in Glamour, Men's Health and Latina as well as online. Wong also makes contributions to Essence and Diversity Women magazines. She has been making her name as a money expert appearing on CNN, The Rachael Ray Show, and Oprah Winfrey's XM radio network.[4]

Business Pundit named Wong one of the 25 Hottest Women of Business in January 2009.[5] And in March 2009 Wong's accomplishments were honored at the eighth annual New York City Women's History Month Celebration.[6]

Generation Debt[edit]

Wong is the author of Generation Debt: Take Control of Your Money—A How-to Guide published by Grand Central Publishing in 2006. This 272 page book concentrates on the under-40 crowd giving tips on what to do about student loans and consumer debt. The guide also provides recommendations on how to establish a goal-oriented budget, make the most of payback options, and utilize employee savings and investment plans. Her book has appeared on the recommended reading list of The Wall Street Journal and her advice has been highlighted in The Washington Post.[4]

Wong's second book entitled The Real Cost of Living: Making the Best Decisions for You, Your Life and Your Money was released by Perigee/Penguin in December 2010.


Wong received a Bachelor's degree in psychology and art history from Fairfield University (Connecticut) and a Master's degree in psychology from Columbia University in the City of New York.[7]


Wong is of Dominican descent. Her father Peter Wong, is of Chinese descent, though he is not her biological father[8] Wong Ulrich has daughter Bianca (2007) with ex-husband, Lawrence Ulrich, an auto critic for The New York Times. Formerly known as Carmen Wong Ulrich, she now uses the name Carmen Rita Wong.[9]


  1. ^ "Carmen Wong Ulrich's blog". CNBC. 2008-08-22. Retrieved 2008-08-24. 
  2. ^ "Carmen Wong Ulrich,". Retrieved 2013-10-30. 
  3. ^ "Carmen Wong Ulrich". Retrieved 2016-01-20. 
  4. ^ a b "Carmen Wong Ulrich's CNBC bio". CNBC. 2008-02-07. Retrieved 2008-08-24. 
  5. ^ Jeff Springer (2009-01-01). "25 Hottest Women of Business". Business Pundit. Retrieved 2016-01-20. 
  6. ^ "Legacy Url - Office of the New York City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer". Retrieved 2016-01-20. 
  7. ^ [1] Archived January 6, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
  8. ^ "Three Who Took Writing Classes Write Their Own Ticket | New York University - SCPS". Retrieved 2016-01-20. 
  9. ^ "Carmen Rita Wong". Carmen Rita Wong. Retrieved 2016-01-20. 

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