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’ futuresThe 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 poorHis 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 marketingMerchandise has transformed best-selling vampire author Laurell K. Hamilton into a scarily good businesswoman.

The Sweet Potato Queen’s financial plan: Fill more socksJill Conner Browne, writer of the riotously funny ‘Sweet Potato’ series of books, lives wildly, but invests cautiously.

Hunter S. Thompson: surprised he’s still hereThe 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 oddsThe 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 supermogulHer 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.

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