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 Empire State of Mind (book): How Jay-Z Went From Street Corner to Corner Office (Penguin/Portfolio, 2011).[2] He played 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 He has profiled such influential figures as 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, among others.

He has 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, authored the series The Zack Files and his mother, Suzanne O'Malley, is a former television writer (Law & Order) and the author of a book on Andrea Yates[citation needed].

A former child actor, Zack 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.[citation needed]

Books by Zack O'Malley Greenburg[edit]


  1. ^ "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",; accessed February 2, 2017.
  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. ^ Zack O'Malley Greenburg official website,; accessed February 2, 2017.
  9. ^ "IMDb profile". IMDB. 

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