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Fame & Fortune: Stephen J. Dubner -- The co-author of the best-selling book "Freakonomics" says conventional wisdom is often just plain wrong. Stephen J. Dubner
Charles Barkley values kids' futures -- The outspoken, outlandish and outrageous NBA great has some outstanding ideas on investing ... in the future of America's children. Charles Barkley
Jimmy Dean: Broke many times, but never poor -- His fortune came from varied pursuits, so it's no wonder he advocates diversification. Jimmy Dean
Money's no mystery to Ridley Pearson -- Touring as a starving musician taught the creator of Seattle homicide detective Lou Boldt his most important financial lessons. Ridley Pearson

Laurell K. Hamilton: Vampire hunter sinks teeth into marketing -- Merchandise has transformed best-selling vampire author Laurell K. Hamilton into a scarily good businesswoman.

Laurell K. Hamilton

The Sweet Potato Queen's financial plan: Fill more socks -- Jill Conner Browne, writer of the riotously funny 'Sweet Potato' series of books, lives wildly, but invests cautiously.

Jill Conner Browne

Hunter S. Thompson: surprised he's still here -- The father of Gonzo journalism is now established enough to be in the same neighborhood as a Saudi prince, but he can still give a good rant.

Hunter S. Thompson

Jane Monheit doesn't follow fads -- Her songs are often more than twice her age, but classic tunes are a perfect fit for this jazz singer.

Jane Monheit

Carl Hiaasen always kept his day job -- Hiaasen's characters may be wild, but the author certainly isn't when it comes to money.

Carl Hiaasen

Ted Casablanca's financial secrets revealed! -- The E! Network gossip-meister says that in Hollywood, talking about money is often taboo.

Ted Casablanca

Hugh Hefner on business success -- The Playboy founder's advice: Find something you're passionate about and stay focused on it. Easy for him to say.

Hugh Hefner

Amy Lee: Evanescence fortune won't fade away -- The rock band's lead singer says she's recruiting financial experts to make sure her fortune doesn't vanish ... evanescently.

Amy Lee

Checkbooks frighten horror master John Saul -- The writer can bang out classic horror tales at breakneck speed, but he's "emotionally incapable" of writing routine checks.

John Saul

Jim Harrison knows his financial limits -- Writers think they ought to be good with money, but they mostly aren't, says the author of "Legends of the Fall."

Jim Harrison

Robert Shapiro: Law trumps finance -- Ten years after the O.J. Simpson trial cemented his place in the world of celebrity lawyers, Robert Shapiro has no reason to regret abandoning his first choice in careers: finance.

Robert Shapiro

Michael Connelly's mysterious computer addiction -- The novelist likes his detectives hard boiled, but he has such a weakness for new computers that he lines his garage with his collection.

Michael Connelly

Bela Fleck invests in his music -- Renowned crossover banjo player Bela Fleck pours his money back into his home studio.

Bella Fleck

Craig's List founder keeps a nonprofit attitude -- The founder of the famed site for jobs, apartments and dates says he's happy with his charity and his "nerd values."

 Craig Newmark

Carl St. Clair doesn't conduct his finances -- The charismatic conductor waves the baton at international orchestras, but his wife wields the family checkbook.

Carl St. Clair

Know Ben Stein's money -- He's gone from a hippie living in a forest to an author, actor, attorney, speechwriter and much-loved square who knows more about keeping money than giving it away.

Ben Stein

Traci Lords: X marks her past -- The former underage porn star is shedding light on a legitimate life that has an active acting career, a new husband and a real estate portfolio.

Traci Lords

Kinky Friedman: Success against all odds -- The iconoclastic master of the who-cares-whodunnit says, "Money may buy you a fine dog, but only love can make it wag its tail."

Kinky Friedman

Kathy Ireland: From supermodel to supermogul -- Her company started with a line of socks. Now, it's a $1 billion corporation.

Kathy Ireland
Sure, Spencer's for hire, but not Robert B. Parker -- "Money is a means to an end," says the author of the famed detective series. "It neither interests me nor bores me, any more than, say, gasoline does." Robert B. Parker
Morgan Fairchild acts up -- In addition to being business-savvy, the TV beauty is a passionate activist. Morgan Fairchild
Clint Black: Shaking up the Nashville music business -- The country singer has launched a record label that may give artists a bigger cut of the profits. Clint Black
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Doug Stanhope: From telemarketer to TV star -- The stand-up comic slept in his car for three years, but now he's one of the new main men on "The Man Show." Doug Stanhope
Elmore Leonard never gets short financially -- The famed novelist once ground out ad copy and then Western paperbacks for a few thousand apiece. Now, Hollywood needs him more than he needs it. Elmore Leonard
Yevgeny Yevtushenko looks askance at money -- The famed Russian poet and filmmaker considers investing exploitation, but he will drop an occasional C-note at a casino. Yevgeny Yevtushenko
No money headaches for Mickey Gilley -- The "Urban Cowboy" inspiration has succeeded financially with a simple business philosopy: "I can count," he says. Mickey GIlley
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