Who are the influential personalities with regards to personal finance?

Who do people listen to when it comes to personal finance? Lets make a list of the personalities both big and small, and make a note about how likely they are to mention or help promote the site.


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    I'm not sure what the intent of this question is. Are you suggesting we identify them and try to find ways to promote the site through them? – JohnFx Aug 23 '10 at 18:18
  • @JohnFx I'm suggesting we identify them, and identify which ones we might want to promote through, and which there might be a real possibility of getting to. – C. Ross Aug 23 '10 at 19:16

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J.D.Roth of Get Rich Slowly


Joe Taxpayer, International Man of Mustache. I actually think I've seen him around here a couple of times.

  • He's very eclectic; if you look closely, you might even find him on Mathematics.SE too. He even has a very respectable reputation, which is no minor achievement over there! – Ellie Kesselman Nov 12 '13 at 9:47

Suze Orman has made quite a name for herself in the world of personal finances.


Jim Cramer of Mad Money.

I would actually be disappointed if he refused to mention the site.

Granted, he's more about investing than personal finance, but he's all about investing on your own.


I really like Yves Smith. She may not be as widely known as some of the names mentioned above but her writing is excellent and she is consistently responsive to her readers so you have a good chance of getting a mention.

A few more popular reader-responsive bloggers: Mike Shedlock, Karl Denninger, Barry Ritholtz.

Lots of linkage... you should be able to take it from here. Good luck.


Clark Howard, definitely.

Perhaps a few good non-spammy answers in the message forum with a signature line referencing this site might be a way to promote this site. Might want to check the T&C's of that site to make sure it isn't frowned on though.

Alternately, he has a call in show, if you could get through the screener you might be able to work a plug for the site in.


The Bogleheads website largely serves the same function as this site. There is a huge overlap in substance, so they might think of us as competitors. But the overlap isn't complete, and there is a stylistic difference.

The regulars there are certainly knowledgeable, and would be very good at answering questions here.


From the UK, I'd say Martin Lewis of Money Saving Expert.com

  • Great, we need more non-US personalities. – C. Ross Aug 24 '10 at 18:05

The New York Times Bucks Blog.

  • URL has changed, resource remains excellent! – Ellie Kesselman Nov 12 '13 at 9:42

Dave Ramsey, personal finance. Not so much about investing.

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    I like Dave, but I consider him highly unlikely to mention this site. It's not his style. – C. Ross Aug 23 '10 at 19:16
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    @C. Ross. Agreed he would probably not mention the site. But we can dream :-) – mpenrow Aug 23 '10 at 19:28
  • I think we could get him to mention us but it would take some work to get us to the point where he would... – Chad Oct 12 '12 at 21:06

Steven Keen's Debtwatch
It focuses more on explaining economics than personal finance, but the explanations are extremely useful to the layperson as he focuses on mortgages and property. Also Australian


I don't think you can talk about investing without mentioning Warren Buffett. I don't know if he blogs or anything like that, but he's probably the most well-known investor in America, if not the world.

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