Donny Deutsch

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Donny Deutsch
Born Donald Jay Deutsch
(1957-11-22) November 22, 1957 (age 59)
Hollis Hills (Queens), New York, United States
Alma mater Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania
Occupation Chairman of Deutsch Inc.
Spouse(s) Stacy Josloff (married 2000; divorced)
Partner(s) Amanda Zacharia (former)
Children Daisy, London and Chelsey

Donald Jay "Donny" Deutsch (born November 22, 1957)[1] is an American advertising executive and television personality.

He is the former host of the CNBC talk show The Big Idea with Donny Deutsch (2004–2008).

Early life and education[edit]

Deutsch was born to a Jewish family in Hollis Hills, a neighborhood in the Queens borough of New York City, New York. His father, David Deutsch, founded David Deutsch Associates, now known as Deutsch Inc., in 1969.[2][3]

He attended the Martin Van Buren High School, located in the nearby Queens Village neighborhood; Deutsch later attended the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.[1]

Donny's first TV appearance was as a contestant on the game show, Match Game, when he had just graduated from UPenn. He won the $5,000.00 jackpot celebrity match with Betty White.[citation needed]


Donny Deutsch joined his father's advertising firm, David Deutsch Associates, in 1983.[2] In 1989, David Deutsch handed full control of the agency to Donny Deutsch, who became chairman.[2][3] Deutsch renamed the agency Deutsch Inc. and later sold it to the Interpublic Group of Companies in 2000 for $265 million.[2][3][4]

In addition to his work on The Big Idea with Donny Deutsch, Deutsch has appeared as a regular guest on MSNBC's morning talk show Morning Joe. He also appeared as a judge on TV, when he appeared on NBC's reality-television series The Apprentice.[5] He now appears regularly on the Today Show, in a segment called "The Professionals".

In April 2013, Deutsch's prime-time CNN talk show, (Get to) The Point, was cancelled after just one week after the Nielsen Company said the show attracted just 268,000 viewers. The show was also mocked by comedian Jon Stewart during his Comedy Central show.[6] In 2015, the USA Network announced a new TV show with Deutsch which premiered in November called simply Donny!, a comedy with Deutsch playing a fictional version of himself.[7]

In 2016, Deutsch was co-hosting Bloomberg Television's With All Due Respect with Mark Halperin and John Heilemann.[8][9][10]


He has published several books, including a business motivation book, Often Wrong, Never in Doubt – Unleash the Business Rebel Within (2005), written with co-author Peter Knobler.

Personal life[edit]

In 2000, he married Stacy Josloff, whom he later divorced. Deutsch's former girlfriend, Amanda Zacharia, gave birth to their daughter, Daisy, in 2007.[11]

Deutsch purchased a five-story property in New York City for $21 million and reportedly spent another $20 million on renovations in 2006.[12] Deutsch also purchased a $29 million home in East Hampton Village, New York.[13]

On February 25, 2013 on Piers Morgan Tonight, Deutsch declared that he is a member of the Democratic Party.[14] Deutsch has also stated: "I'm a feminist."[15]



  1. ^ a b DiEdwardo, Judy Alexandra. "Making it Big – Donny Deutsch Wants Your 'Big Idea' To Be the Next Big Thing". Success. Retrieved January 13, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c d Sudgar, Sonya (2013-06-14). "Deutsch Founder David Deutsch Dies at 84". Advertising Age. Retrieved 2013-06-14. 
  3. ^ a b c O'Leary, Noreen (2013-06-14). "Agency Founder David Deutsch Dies at 84; After retirement, he became an artist". Adweek. Retrieved 2013-06-14. 
  4. ^ Forbes, Bertie Charles (2002). Forbes Issues 1-6. 169. Retrieved 2013-04-09. 
  5. ^ Abstract; (subscription required) for full article. Staff (February 11, 2005)."CNBC – Donny Deutsch on The Apprentice". TV Newser (blog of Retrieved January 12, 2012.
  6. ^ "CNN's 'The Point' Gone Quickly". The Big Story. Associated Press. 8 April 2013. Retrieved 2013-04-09. 
  7. ^ Genzlinger, Neil. "Review: Donny Deutsch's 'Donny!,' a Crass, Infuriating Talk Show Host". The New York Times. Retrieved 12 November 2015. 
  8. ^ "The Week in Review: Donny Deutsch Gets a Mysterious Call" (with video), BloombergPolitics, May 13, 2016. The introduction to the video refers to Deutsch as "the Herculean ad man and snappiest TV guy east of Central Park". Retrieved 2016-09-05.
  9. ^ "Bloomberg's With All Due Respect Ridicules Right-Wing Media's 'Parallel Universe' Of Donald Trump Coverage" (with video), Media Matters for America, August 8, 2016. Co-hosting with Halperin. Retrieved 2016-09-05.
  10. ^ "Debate Prep: What Are the Candidates’ Game Plans?" (with video), BloombergPolitics, August 30, 2016. Co-hosting with Heilemann. Retrieved 2016-09-05.
  11. ^ Staff (December 11, 2008). "TV Sage Caught In Illicit Kiss". New York Post. Retrieved January 11, 2012. 
  12. ^ Bennetts, Leslie (October 2011). "Donny Deutsch's Modern New York City Townhouse – Designers Tony Ingrao and Randy Kemper Punch Up the Adman's Museum-White Manhattan Mansion". Architectural Digest. Retrieved January 12, 2012.
  13. ^ Keil, Braden (August 23, 2007). "Buy The Farm". New York Post. 
  14. ^ Wilstein, Matt (February 25, 2013). "Donny Deutsch Slams 'Monarch' Michelle Obama's Oscars 'Intrusion' On Piers Morgan Tonight". Mediaite. 
  15. ^ "Manchin: Equal pay shouldn't be political". MSNBC. April 9, 2014. 

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