Suze Orman

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Suze Orman
Orman at the TIME 100 Gala, May 4, 2010.
Susan Lynn Orman

(1951-06-05) June 5, 1951 (age 68)
ResidenceFlorida (primary), New York City, and San Francisco[1]
EducationBachelor of Arts in Social Work
Alma materUniversity of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign (1976)
Known forThe Suze Orman Show
Net worth$50 million (2019)
Kathy Travis (m. 2010)
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Susan Lynn "Suze" Orman (/ˈszi/ SOO-zee; born June 5, 1951) is an American author, financial advisor, motivational speaker, and television host. In 1987, she founded the Suze Orman Financial Group. The Suze Orman Show began airing on CNBC in 2002, running for 13 years in the U.S. and internationally.

Orman has written nine New York Times bestsellers about personal finance. She was named twice to the Time 100 list of influential people, has won two Emmy Awards, and eight Gracie Awards. Orman has written, co-produced and hosted 8 PBS specials, and has appeared on multiple additional television shows. She has been a guest on The Oprah Winfrey Show approximately 29 times and Larry King Live over 30 times.[2]

Early life and education[edit]

Orman was born on the South Side of Chicago on June 5, 1951, to Jewish parents of Russian and Romanian origin, Ann and Morry Orman.[3][4] Her mother worked as a secretary for a local rabbi, while her immigrant father from Kiev[5] worked in a chicken factory[6][7][8] and managed Morry's Deli[9] in Hyde Park.[10][11][12]

She attended the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign and received a B.A. in social work[citation needed] in 1976.[13] In 2009, Orman received an honorary doctorate of humane letters from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.[13]


Orman on the cover of Ms. magazine in 2008

After finishing school, Orman moved to Berkeley, California, where she worked as a waitress. In 1980, she borrowed $52,000 from friends to open a restaurant.[14][15][16][17]

As an investment novice, she invested that money through a representative at Merrill Lynch, who promptly lost her entire investment in trading options. Later, Orman trained as an account executive for Merrill Lynch, where she learned that the type of investment her broker had put her in was not suitable for her needs, as option trading is considered a high-risk but high-reward investment suitable only for high net worth individuals. It was explained to her that because her broker was the highest producing representative in the office, his actions went unchecked. After completing her training with Merrill Lynch, she remained at the firm until 1983, when she left to become a vice president of investments at Prudential Bache Securities.

In 1987, Orman resigned from Prudential and founded the Suze Orman Financial Group, in Emeryville, California.[18][19] While there, she published a booklet, The Facts on Single Premium Whole Life, which compared single-premium whole life, universal life, and single-premium deferred annuities; she distributed copies of the booklet for free to anyone who requested one.[20] She was director of the firm until 1997.[16]

Orman published ten books between 1995-2011: “You've Earned It Don't Lose It” 1995 'The 9 Steps to Financial Freedom (1997), , and The Courage to be Rich (1999). The Road to Wealth (2001) and The Laws of Money, The Lessons of Life (2003). “The Money Book for the Young Fabulous and Broke (2005)” “Women & Money” (2007) The 2009 Action Plan” (2009) “The Money Class” (2011)

The Suze Orman Show began airing on CNBC in 2002.[citation needed] In February 2008, Orman gave away copies of her book Women and Money for free following an appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show, generating almost two million downloads.[21] Orman has been featured on the Food Network's Paula's Party.[citation needed] In January 2011, Orman appeared on Oprah's Allstars. In January 2012, Orman's six-episode TV series America's Money Class with Suze Orman premiered on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network.[22]

Orman wrote a financial advice column for O, The Oprah Magazine.[23] She is the former author of Yahoo!'s "Money Matters" and writes for the Costco Connection Magazine. She contributed to The Philadelphia Inquirer, Lowes MoneyWorks, and Your Business at Home Magazine.[24][25]

Orman's final episode of The Suze Orman Show aired on March 28, 2015, so Orman could develop a new series, Suze Orman's Money Wars, for Warner Bros. Telepictures Productions.[26] Orman hoped the show would premiere in the fall of 2016.[27]

Prepaid debit card controversy[edit]

In 2012, Orman introduced the Approved prepaid debit card, which was backed by Bancorp Bank and marketed to "budget-challenged consumers". The card generated a great deal of controversy for its hidden fees and vague promise of contributing to a FICO score.[28] Cardholders were charged a $3 monthly fee, but were charged for services such as check writing and customer service calls. The Approved card's features included credit reports and credit scores from TransUnion, as well as credit monitoring and identity theft protection. TransUnion also agreed to "examine data from Approved cards", which was unusual for prepaid debit cards, but did not factor the card's usage into the cardholders' FICO scores. In July 2014, the Approved card was discontinued.[29][30]

Personal life[edit]

In February 2007, Orman stated that she is a lesbian.[31][32][33] Orman has been married to Kathy Travis since 2010.[34]

In 2008, Orman donated money to the Democratic Party.[35][36] In an interview with Larry King, she said that she favors the policies of the Democratic Party and Barack Obama, especially regarding people in same-sex relationships.[37]



  • You've Earned It, Don't Lose It: Mistakes You Can't Afford to Make When You Retire (with Linda Mead) (1995)[38]
  • The Nine Steps To Financial Freedom (1997)[39]
  • The Courage to Be Rich (1999)
  • The Road to Wealth (2001)
  • The Laws of Money, the Lessons of Life... (2003)
  • The Money Book for the Young, Fabulous and Broke (2005)
  • Women and Money: Owning the Power to Control Your Destiny (2007)
  • Suze Orman's 2009 Action Plan (2009)
  • Suze Orman's 2010 Action Plan (March 2010)
  • The Money Class: Learn to Create Your New American Dream (March 2011)
  • Women & Money Be Smart Strong and Secure (Sept 2018)


Orman is also creator of a number of non-book products, primarily CD-ROM-based services that offer education and various financial services usually in conjunction with her books and writings.

  • Suze Ormans FICO Kit – First offered in 2002 in conjunction with Fair Isaac Corporation.
  • Suze Orman's Will & Trust Kit – Introduced in 2005 with her personal trust attorney.
  • Suze Orman's Insurance Kit – Introduced in 2007.
  • Suze Orman's Protection Portfolio – First introduced in 2002, in third version.
  • Suze Orman's Identity Theft Kit – First offered in 2008, in conjunction with TrustedID.
  • Suze Orman's Save Yourself Retirement Program – Introduced September 2009, in conjunction with TD Ameritrade.
  • Suze Orman's Search Scammer

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Q&A with personal finance guru Suze Orman". San Francisco Chronicle. 25 October 2008.
  2. ^ "About Suze Orman" Retrieved 24 February 2019.
  3. ^ Strauss, Elissa (October 17, 2007). "Suze Orman's Spiritual Side". The Jewish Daily Forward. The Forward Association, Inc.
  4. ^
  5. ^ "Millennial Money Moves". The Suze Orman Show. February 7, 2015.
  6. ^ Dominus, Susan (2009-05-17). "Suze Orman Is Having a Moment". The New York Times.
  7. ^ "If you knew Suze…". Kiplinger's Personal Finance Magazine. 1998.
  8. ^ "News - Suze Orman". The Jewish Journal. Retrieved 2007-11-01.
  9. ^ Spiselman, Anne. "Morry's Deli". Chicago Reader. Retrieved 2016-09-05. in the mid-1970s—when you might have found college student Suze Orman working behind the counter for her dad, the original owner...
  10. ^ Cantor, Danielle. "Successful Women: Suze Orman". Jewish Woman. Jewish Women International (Fall 2004). Archived from the original on 2008-09-23. Retrieved 2007-05-30.
  11. ^ Bloom, Nate (2004-06-11). "Celebrity Jews: Briefly noted". San Francisco Jewish Community Publications Inc. Retrieved 2007-05-30.
  12. ^ Iwata, Edward (1999-05-04). "Personal finance guru Suze Orman is keepin' it real despite her astounding success". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 2007-05-30.
  13. ^ a b Post to Wall. "Suze Orman receives honorary degree, addresses University graduates". Retrieved 2012-06-16.
  14. ^ "History from Orman's website". Archived from the original on 2012-07-01. Retrieved 2012-06-16.
  15. ^ Women & money: owning the power to control your destiny. Random House, Inc. 2007. pp. 27–28. ISBN 0-385-51931-1.
  16. ^ a b Andriani, Lynn (2003-02-24). "The Dollars and Sense of Suze Orman". Publishers Weekly. Archived from the original on 2008-09-20. Retrieved 2008-01-25.
  17. ^ Orman, Suze (2008-06-05). Women and Money (TV-program). PBS pledge programming: PBS. Archived from the original on 2008-06-15.
  18. ^ "How Emeryville became a boom town". USA Today. June 13, 1988. p. 8B.
  19. ^ Goldinger, Jay (May 9, 1989). "Catastrophic Coverage Raises Some Questions". The Times-Picayune. New Orleans, Louisiana. p. E4.
  20. ^ Goldinger, Jay (September 19, 1989). "Closed-end Funds Offer Good Value for the Investor". The Times-Picayune. New Orleans, Louisiana. p. D3.
  21. ^ Dominus, Susan (2009-05-17). "Suze Orman Is Having a Moment". The New York Times.
  22. ^ "America's Money Class with Suze Orman",, 2012-01-09.
  23. ^ Orman, Suze (January 6, 2010) Easy Money,; accessed January 17, 2013.
  24. ^ Orman, Suze. Moving Past Fear and Toward Success" Archived 2008-01-21 at the Wayback Machine, Your Business at Home Magazine, Volume 3, Issue 1, January 2008, pg. 36.
  25. ^ "Internationally Acclaimed Personal Finance Expert; Host of CNBC The Suze Orman Show". Archived from the original on 2009-02-02.
  26. ^ Littleton, Cynthia (November 25, 2014). "Suze Orman to Exit CNBC for 'Money Wars' Series with Telepictures". Variety. Retrieved 8 March 2015.
  27. ^ Stuever, Hank; Stuever, Hank (2015-03-27). "So long, 'Suze Orman Show,' TV's only sane space in a money-crazed culture". The Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved 2017-05-10.
  28. ^
  29. ^ Lieber, Ron (9 January 2012). "Suze Orman to Offer Her Own Prepaid Debit Card". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2019-03-18 – via
  30. ^ Lieber, Ron (16 June 2014). "Suze Orman's Approved Prepaid Debit Cards Are Quietly Discontinued". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2019-03-18 – via
  31. ^ Lo, Malinda. "Suze Orman Comes Out" Archived 2007-10-01 at the Wayback Machine,, 2007-02-25.
  32. ^ "Money maven Suze Orman comes out" Archived 2007-10-24 at the Wayback Machine, The Advocate, 2007-02-23.
  33. ^ "Your New Trump". Suze Orman Show. 2011-01-22.
  34. ^ Moral, Cheche V. (February 26, 2012). "Helping people who can take care of themselves is not helping the Philippines". Philippine Daily Inquirer.
  35. ^ "NEWSMEAT ▷ Suze Orman's Federal Campaign Contribution Report". Archived from the original on 2012-05-12. Retrieved 2012-06-16.
  36. ^ Profile Archived 2011-06-22 at the Wayback Machine,; accessed May 19, 2015.
  37. ^ "Larry King Live" (transcript). CNN. 2008-01-02.
  38. ^ Rowe, Jeff (January 23, 1995). "New on the Bookshelf". The Orange County Register. Orange County, California. p. D4.
  39. ^ "Financial Writer Wants to Let Freedom Ring". The Times-Picayune. New Orleans, Louisiana. April 18, 1997. p. E3. Retrieved May 19, 2015.

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