Zack O'Malley Greenburg

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Zack O'Malley Greenburg (born March 8, 1985, New York City) is an American writer, journalist and former child-actor.[1] He is a senior editor at Forbes magazine, where he covers music, media and entertainment. He is also the author of two books: Michael Jackson, Inc.: The Rise, Fall and Rebirth of a Billion-Dollar Empire (Atria/Simon & Schuster, 2014), and a biography of Jay-Z, titled Empire State of Mind (book): How Jay-Z Went From Street Corner to Corner Office (Penguin/Portfolio, 2011).[2] He is also notable for playing Lorenzo Odone in the 1992 film Lorenzo's Oil.

Professional life[edit]

Greenburg's first writing job was reviewing video games at Boys' Life Magazine at the age of 14. While at Yale, he wrote extensively for the Yale Daily News as a varsity baseball beat reporter, sports columnist and scene (arts and living) writer. A feature he authored on a varsity outfielder who had returned to the field after nearly dying in a car crash won him an award his senior year.[3]

He has written more than 500 articles for Forbes, Forbes Asia and His reporting has mostly focused on business, travel, music, and finance. He has profiled many influential figures, including: Bruno Mars,[4] Diddy,[5] 50 Cent, Toby Keith, Russell Simmons, Steve Wozniak, Afrika Bambaataa, Alicia Keys, Swizz Beatz, Paul Volcker, DMX, Dr. Ruth and Richard Branson.

He has also written for The Washington Post,[6] The Huffington Post, and other news outlets.[7] He has also served as an expert source for CNBC, BBC, Bloomberg, Reuters, NPR, and other print, web, radio and video outlets.[8]

Personal life[edit]

Both of Greenburg's parents are authors: his father, Dan Greenburg, may be best known for the series The Zack Files (named after his son), and his mother, Suzanne O'Malley, is a former writer for Law & Order, and author of a book on Andrea Yates. A former child actor, he played the title role in the film Lorenzo's Oil, alongside Nick Nolte and Susan Sarandon.[9] He moved from New York to Hastings-on-Hudson, New York and graduated from Hastings High School in 2003. Greenburg graduated from Yale College with a degree in American Studies and a concentration in Urban Studies, and started writing for Forbes magazine in 2005.

Books by Zack O'Malley Greenburg[edit]


  1. ^ "Forbes Author Profile". Forbes. Retrieved March 18, 2011. 
  2. ^ SCHULTZ, JONATHAN (March 17, 2011). "What happened to the Jay-Z jeep?". The New York Times. Retrieved March 18, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Greenburg beats odds to lead the Elis"
  4. ^ "Bruno Mars Reveals Inspiration Behind Billionaire"
  5. ^ "Diddy at SXSW"
  6. ^ O'Malley Greenburg, Zack (June 15, 2008). "Lorenzo's Oil – And Lorenzo's courage". Washington Post. 
  7. ^ [1] Yale Alumni Directory
  8. ^ Greenburg website
  9. ^ "IMDb profile". IMDB. 

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