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|Born||Donald Jay Deutsch
November 22, 1957
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|
Early life and education
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.
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.
Donny Deutsch joined his father's advertising firm, David Deutsch Associates, in 1983. In 1989, David Deutsch handed full control of the agency to Donny Deutsch, who became chairman. Deutsch renamed the agency Deutsch Inc. and later sold it to the Interpublic Group of Companies in 2000 for $265 million.
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. 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. 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. Donny's first TV appearance was as a contestant on the game show, The Match Game, when he had just graduated from UPenn. He won the $5,000.00 jackpot celebrity match with Betty White.
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.
In 2000, he married Stacy Josloff, whom he later divorced. Deutsch's former girlfriend, Amanda Zacharia, gave birth to their daughter, Daisy, in 2007.
Deutsch purchased a five-story property in New York City for $21 million and reportedly spent another $20 million on renovations in 2006. Deutsch also purchased a $29 million home in East Hampton Village, New York.
- Deutsch, Donny; Knobler, Peter (2005). Often Wrong, Never in Doubt – Unleash the Business Rebel Within. New York City, New York: Collins Press. ISBN 978-0-06-056718-7.
- Deutsch, Donny; Whitney, Catherine (2008), The Big Idea: How to Make Your Entrepreneurial Dreams Come True, From the Aha Moment to Your First Million. New York City, New York: Hyperion Books. ISBN 1401323219
- DiEdwardo, Judy Alexandra. "Making it Big – Donny Deutsch Wants Your 'Big Idea' To Be the Next Big Thing". Success. Retrieved January 13, 2012.
- Sudgar, Sonya (2013-06-14). "Deutsch Founder David Deutsch Dies at 84". Advertising Age. Retrieved 2013-06-14.
- O'Leary, Noreen (2013-06-14). "Agency Founder David Deutsch Dies at 84; After retirement, he became an artist". Adweek. Retrieved 2013-06-14.
- Forbes, Bertie Charles (2002). Forbes Issues 1-6 169. Retrieved 2013-04-09.
- Abstract; (subscription required) for full article. Staff (February 11, 2005)."CNBC – Donny Deutsch on The Apprentice". TV Newser (blog of mediabistro.com). Retrieved January 12, 2012.
- "CNN's 'The Point' Gone Quickly". The Big Story (Associated Press). 8 April 2013. Retrieved 2013-04-09.
- Genzlinger, Neil. "Review: Donny Deutsch's 'Donny!,' a Crass, Infuriating Talk Show Host". The New York Times. Retrieved 12 November 2015.
- Staff (December 11, 2008). "TV Sage Caught In Illicit Kiss". New York Post. Retrieved January 11, 2012.
- 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.
- Braden Keil (August 23, 2007). "Buy The Farm". New York Post.
- Matt Wilstein (February 25, 2013). "Donny Deutsch Slams ‘Monarch’ Michelle Obama’s Oscars ‘Intrusion’ On Piers Morgan Tonight". Mediaite.
- "Manchin: Equal pay shouldn't be political". MSNBC. April 9, 2014.