Zibby Owens

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Zibby Owens
Elizabeth Schwarzman

EducationYale University
Harvard University
Occupation(s)Podcaster, writer
Spouse(s)Andrew Right (2005-2016)
Kyle Owens (2017-Present)

Elizabeth "Zibby" Owens (née Schwarzman),[1] is an American writer[2] and podcast host based in New York City.[3] Her podcast[4] is called Moms Don’t Have Time to Read Books.[5]

Life and career[edit]

Zibby Owens, (born Elizabeth Schwarzman) is the daughter of billionaire Stephen A. Schwarzman and Ellen Katz (née Philips). Stephen, is a co-founder, chairman and CEO of The Blackstone Group, and Ellen a trustee of Northwestern University and the Mount Sinai Medical Center[6][7]

Her family is Jewish.[8] She grew up on the Upper East Side of Manhattan.[5] Her brother is film producer Teddy Schwarzman. She attended Yale and Harvard Business School.[5]

Owens started the Moms Don’t Have Time to Read Books podcast, where she interviews authors. It was started in spring 2018.[5][9] By December 2019, she had made 200 Moms Don’t Have Time to Read Books podcast episodes which had been downloaded a quarter of a million times.[9]

In the spring of 2020, Owens interviewed authors on Instagram[10] and launched an online literary magazine called We Found Time featuring essays written by authors who had been on her podcast. A book called Moms Don't Have Time To: A Quarantine Anthology based on those essays was released in February 2021.[11]

Owens is a member of New York Public Library's advisory council.[5]


  • What to Wear to Show Off Your Assets. What to Do to Tone Up Your Trouble Spots, (as Zibby Right), co-authored with Paige Adams-Geller, and Ashley Borden; McGraw-Hill (January 2008)[12]
  • Moms Don't Have Time To: A Quarantine Anthology (2021)[11]
  • Moms Don't Have Time To Have Kids: A Timeless Anthology (2021)
  • Bookends: A Memoir of Love, Loss and Literature (2022)
  • Princess Charming (2022)
  • Blank: A Novel (2024)

Personal life[edit]

Owens is married to Kyle Owens, a former tennis pro and a film producer.[5] Her first marriage to Andrew Right ended in divorce.[5]


  1. ^ "Oh, Zibby, Thanks So Much for Calling!". Observer. 20 June 2007. Retrieved 16 July 2020.
  2. ^ "Schwarzman's daughter can only afford chairs at library benefit". Bloomberg.com. Bloomberg. 15 April 2016. Retrieved 16 July 2020.
  3. ^ Jargon, Julie (21 December 2019). "Move Over, Santa! Kids Are Asking Alexa to Bring Them Presents". The Wall Street Journal. Eastern Edition. Wall Street Journal. ISSN 0099-9660. Retrieved 16 July 2020.
  4. ^ Jean-Philippe, McKenzie (26 September 2019). "21 of the Best Book Podcasts to Listen to In-Between Reads". Oprah Magazine. Retrieved 20 July 2020.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g Kelly, Hillary (17 September 2019). "New York's Most Powerful Book-fluencer Runs a Podcast on Park Avenue". Vulture. Retrieved 16 July 2020.
  6. ^ "Ellen Zajac and Teddy Schwarzman". The New York Times. 11 November 2007. Retrieved 18 February 2015.
  7. ^ "Oh, Zibby, Thanks So Much for Calling!". Observer. 20 June 2007. Retrieved 17 July 2020.
  8. ^ Jewish Business News: "The Jews of Oscar" January 15, 2015
  9. ^ a b Sandy Kenyon (4 December 2019). "Meet the mom behind 'Moms Don't Have Time to Read Books' podcast". ABC7 New York. Retrieved 16 July 2020.
  10. ^ Zibby Owens on connecting with authors through her podcast, CBS News, retrieved 16 July 2020
  11. ^ a b Moms don't have time to : a quarantine anthology. WorldCat. OCLC 1202304767. Retrieved 15 April 2021.
  12. ^ Your perfect fit what to do to show off your assets, what to do to tone up your trouble spots. WorldCat. OCLC 1159410731. Retrieved 15 April 2021.

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