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 three books: 3 Kings: Diddy, Dr. Dre, Jay-Z and Hip-Hop's Multibillion-Dollar Rise (Little, Brown, 2018);[2] 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).[3] 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.[4]

He has written more than 1,000 articles for Forbes, Forbes Asia and He has profiled such influential figures as Ashton Kutcher,[5] Katy Perry,[6] Bruno Mars,[7] Diddy,[8] 50 Cent, Toby Keith, Kendrick Lamar, Steve Wozniak, Alicia Keys, Swizz Beatz, Dr. Ruth and Richard Branson, among others.

He has written for The Washington Post,[9] The Huffington Post, and other news outlets.[10] He has also served as an expert source for CNBC, BBC, Bloomberg, Reuters, NPR, and other print, web, radio and video outlets.[11]

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.[12] 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 2007.[13]

Books by Zack O'Malley Greenburg[edit]


  1. ^ "Profile". Forbes. Retrieved March 18, 2011. 
  2. ^ 3 Kings. 
  3. ^ SCHULTZ, JONATHAN (March 17, 2011). "What happened to the Jay-Z jeep?". The New York Times. Retrieved March 18, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Greenburg beats odds to lead the Elis",; accessed February 2, 2017.
  5. ^ "Eight And A Half X"
  6. ^ "America's Pop Export"
  7. ^ "Bruno Mars Reveals Inspiration Behind Billionaire"
  8. ^ "Diddy at SXSW"
  9. ^ O'Malley Greenburg, Zack (June 15, 2008). "Lorenzo's Oil – And Lorenzo's courage". Washington Post. 
  10. ^ [1] Yale Alumni Directory
  11. ^ Zack O'Malley Greenburg official website,; accessed February 2, 2017.
  12. ^ "IMDb profile". IMDB. 
  13. ^ "Zack O'Malley Greenburg: Forbes archive"

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