There's something deliciously ironic about American personal finance guru Suze Orman endorsing Occupy Wall Street, a protest against our country's gross wealth inequality. And yet her support makes total sense.
Orman's story is classic bootstrap rags-to-riches. The waitress turned broker turned self-help financial advisor uses her best-selling books, TV show, O magazine column and franchise ad nauseum to give no-nonsense financial advice to her eager, largely female audiences. Her professed $20 million net worth puts her well within the top 1% of Americans who own 40% of the country's wealth.
I want to publicly say thank you to the Occupy Wall Street movement. Thank you for not accepting the status quo. Thank you for not assuming there is nothing to be done.
Twice named to Time magazine's 100 most influential people, Orman came out publicly as a lesbian in 2007 and last year married her partner, Kathy Travis, in a ceremony in South Africa.
For more enjoyment, after the break is Orman's It Gets Better video, and her "most favorite 'Can I Afford It' segment ever": Elf School.