|Fame & Fortune: Stephen J. Dubner--The co-author of the best-selling book "Freakonomics" says conventional wisdom is often just plain wrong.|
|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.|
|Jimmy Dean: Broke many times, but never poor--His fortune came from varied pursuits, so it's no wonder he advocates diversification.|
|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.|
Laurell K. Hamilton: Vampire hunter sinks teeth into marketing--Merchandise has transformed best-selling vampire author Laurell K. Hamilton into a scarily good businesswoman.
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.
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.
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
Carl Hiaasen always kept his day job-- Hiaasen's characters may be wild, but the author certainly isn't when it comes to money.
Ted Casablanca's financial secrets revealed!-- The E! Network gossip-meister says that in Hollywood, talking about money is often taboo.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
Bela Fleck invests in his music-- Renowned crossover banjo player Bela Fleck pours his money back into his home studio.
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."
Carl St. Clair doesn't conduct his finances-- The charismatic conductor waves the baton at international orchestras, but his wife wields the family checkbook.
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.
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.
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."
Kathy Ireland: From supermodel to supermogul--Her company started with a line of socks. Now, it's a $1 billion corporation.
|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."
|Morgan Fairchild acts up-- In addition to being business-savvy, the TV beauty is a passionate activist.
|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.
|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."
|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.
|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.
|No money headaches for Mickey Gilley-- The "Urban Cowboy" inspiration has succeeded financially with a simple business philosopy: "I can count," he says.