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Suze Orman Biography (Susan Lynn Orman) : Personal Finance author, Certified Financial Planner and Media Personality
Famous for : Writing several popular finance books (The Road to Wealth), being a lesbian (her partner is Kathy Travis), and writing for several popular magazines and hosting the Suze Orman Show.
Orman details : Born - June 5, 1951 Illinois, United States Lives - USA

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Suze Orman is a bestselling author on personal finance, a financial advisor, and television personality who has given thousands of speeches and talks both on and off television on the subject of credit, investments and banking. She has amassed a large following due to her own investment success and easy-to-follow financial strategies designed for average individuals.

Susan Lynn Orman was born on June 5, 1951 in Chicago, Illinois to parents of Russian-Jewish heritage. In her youth, Suze had difficulty forming words, leading to challenges with reading and writing. Despite her scholastic struggles, Suze graduated from public high school and was accepted into the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She worked as a dishwasher in the campus cafeteria to help pay her bills.

Orman studied for a degree in social work but failed to complete her requirements, missing a class in foreign language. Instead of staying to finish, Suze Orman and some friends packed a van and moved out to Berkeley, California in 1973. She became a waitress at the Buttercup Bakery, during which time she completed her degree by taking a Spanish class at Hayward State University and was awarded her diploma from the University of Illinois in 1976.

She stayed at the Bakery and dreamt of opening her own restaurant. A sympathetic customer loaned Orman $50,000 to help her start her own business and Orman invested the money with the brokerage firm Merrill Lynch in order to start the process. Within three months the broker with whom Suze Orman had opened her account had lost all her assets in a falling market and Orman was once again broke. She needed to pay off the loan but knew it was impossible with her job at the Bakery.

Convinced she could work as a stock broker, Suze Orman applied for a job at Merrill Lynch. Although her supervisor was reluctant to hire her, she got the job and began studying finances. She eventually sued Merrill Lynch for the lost $50,000 which, unbeknownst to her, prevented them from firing her as a broker. They settled the suit, allowing Orman to pay back her customer. Despite the conflict, Orman continued to work for Merrill Lynch and became a successful stock broker.

She left the firm in 1983 and took the position of Vice President of Investments at Prudential Bache Securities. Four years later Suze Orman opened her own firm, the Suze Orman Financial Group, and resigned from Prudential. She acted as Director of the firm until 1997 when she decided to focus more on her writing and speaking career.

Her most notable books include The 9 Steps to Financial Freedom, The Courage to Be Rich, and The Road to Wealth. Orman has regularly contributed articles to Oprah Winfrey's magazine, O, Costco Connection, the Philidelphia Inquirer, and the popular website Yahoo!.

After her publishing success, Orman began hosting a weekly television show on CNBC titled The Suze Orman Show and another on QVC titled Suze Orman's Financial Freedom. She has won two Emmy Awards for her PBS pledge drives and has appeared on numerous different talk shows to discuss financial matters.



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People first, then money, then things.
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A big part of financial freedom is having your heart and mind free from worry about the what-ifs of life.
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