Top 21 Financial Speakers & Influencers
Online advice about investing, managing your money and retirement planning is everywhere. Finding popular — and trustworthy — financial experts to follow on platforms like Twitter, Instagram and Tik-Tok can add useful money tips to your daily feed.
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Instead of encouraging you to buy trendy sunglasses or obscure fitness products, financial influencers share tips, tricks and advice to help you meet your money goals.
Many experts on this list run blogs, host podcasts or contribute to national media outlets. Others are former journalists and professors who share insightful studies and news on personal finance.
It pays to diversify the information you consume online. Try following these finance educators to add some money motivation to your screen time.
Most Recognized Financial Experts
Gives Insight and Advice On: Investing, building wealth, personal finance and female financial empowerment
Other Projects: Women & Money podcast
Suze Orman is best known for her self-titled finance show on CNBC, which ran from 2002 to 2015. She’s written 10 bestselling books, using her scrappy, working-class background to inspire others to gain control of their personal finances and build wealth. Orman has also won two Emmy awards and contributed to numerous publications, including Forbes.
Gives Insight and Advice On: Eliminating debt
Other Projects: RamseySolutions.com
Dave Ramsey built wealth in the real estate world before becoming one of the biggest personal finance personalities in the U.S., with an estimated net worth of $200 million. His radio show, website and overall philosophy focus on eliminating all debt sources — including mortgages and student loans — as quickly as possible. Ramsey launched his financial advice talk show in 1992 and is the author of several bestselling books.
Gives Insight and Advice On: Investing, business and cryptocurrency
Kevin O’Leary is a multimillionaire who made his fortune by founding an education software startup in the 1990s. He’s best known for his role on the venture capital TV show “Shark Tank.” His tweets focus on investing, trending markets, stocks and his new CNBC show, “Money Court.”
Gives Insight and Advice On: FIRE (Financial Independence Retire Early)
Other Projects: mrmoneymustache.com
Better known as Mr. Money Mustache, Pete Adeney is a pioneer in the Financial Independence Retire Early (FIRE) movement. He promotes frugal living as a way to build wealth and retire in your 30s or 40s.
Gives Insight and Advice On: Stock trading, financial markets and investing
Other Projects: newtraderu.com
Steve Burns is a well-known stock trader who founded New Trader U in 2011. He tweets a lot about trading philosophy and strategy, including when to buy and sell stocks. His website features over 1,000 investing education articles and several online courses.
Female Finance Influencers To Follow
Gives Insight and Advice On: Personal finance and debt management
Other Projects: TheMoneyCoach.net
Lynnette Khalfani-Cox is co-owner of The Money Coach LLC., a financial education company she launched with her husband in 2003. She is also the author of The New York Times bestselling book “Zero Debt.” Previously, Khalfani-Cox worked as a financial news journalist, authoring pieces for The Wall Street Journal, The Associated Press, Philadelphia Inquirer and others.
Gives Insight and Advice On: Frugal living, investing, retirement and the influence of politics on money
Michelle Singletary is the author of the “Color of Money,” a Pulitzer-nominated syndicated Washington Post column. She is also the author four books on personal finance and a regular guest on broadcast news shows.
Gives Insight and Advice On: 401(k)s, retirement planning, taxes and socioeconomics
Other Projects: Co-host of The Long Viewpodcast
Christine Benz is director of personal finance at Morningstar, one of the country’s biggest investment education firms. Her tweets focus on research and news surrounding retirement and wealth inequality. She is also the author of “30-Minute Money Solutions: A Step-by-Step Guide to Managing Your Finances.”
Gives Insight and Advice On: The economy, U.S. markets, investing and personal finance
Other Projects: jillonmoney.com
Jill Schlesinger’s tweets and weekly newsletter break down economic trends and explain how they relate to personal finance. She also writes the nationally syndicated column “Jill on Money” and is the author of the book, “The Dumb Things Smart People Do With Their Money: Thirteen Ways to Right Your Financial Wrongs.”
Gives Insight and Advice On: Money hacks, personal finance and financial issues affecting women
Other Projects: Money Rehab podcast
Nicole Lapin is a finance expert and former news anchor on CNN, CNBC and Bloomberg. Her tweets mix humor and personal finance education, with an emphasis on female economic empowerment. She is also the author of two New York Times bestselling books, “Rich Bitch” and “Boss Bitch.”
Top Personal Finance Voices for Seniors
Gives Insight and Advice On: Later life investing, estate planning, saving for retirement and socioeconomics
Other Projects: Money Talk blog
Barbara O’Neill is a former Rutgers University professor with over 30 years of personal finance experience. She regularly shares blog posts, research studies and news on retirement planning. She is also the author of several books, including her latest, “Flipping a Switch: Your Guide to Happiness and Financial Security in Later Life.”
Gives Insight and Advice On: Economics, public policy and academic research on retirement
Teresa Ghilarducci is a research economist at The New School who previously served as an economics professor at the University of Norte Dame. Her feed offers insight and research on the labor market, job loss in later life, workplace retirement benefits and more. She is the author of several books, including her most recent, “Rescuing Retirement: A Plan to Guarantee Retirement Security for All Americans.”
Gives Insight and Advice On: Technology for older adults, caregiving, long-term care and labor markets
Other Projects: longevityeconomy.com
Joseph Coughlin is a teacher, speaker, adviser and director of the MIT AgeLab, a multidisciplinary research program focused on quality of life for older adults. Coughlin is a senior contributor at Forbes and author of several books, including, “The Longevity Economy: Unlocking the World’s Fastest Growing, Most Misunderstood Market.”
Gives Insight and Advice On: Medicare, Social Security, health care policy and retirement investing
Other Projects: Newsletter and weekly podcast, Retirement Revised
Mark Miller is a journalist, author and podcaster who writes on retirement for Reuters, The New York Times, Morningstar and others. His feed tends to highlight news and research on Medicare and health care spending in later life.
Black Financial Influencers to Follow
Gives Insight and Advice On: Budgeting, debt management and financial literacy
Other Projects: Brown Ambition podcast
Tiffany Aliche is a former kindergarten teacher turned financial educator who focuses on the pillars of financial literacy: budgeting, reducing spending and controlling debt. Her feed mixes humor with empowerment, with a focus on women of color.
Gives Insight and Advice On: Building healthy relationships with money, Black and female financial empowerment, debt and building credit
Other Projects: MyFabFinance.com
Tonya Rapley is an entrepreneur, author, speaker and blogger who was named the “New Face of Wealth Building” by Black Enterprise magazine. Her website offers free financial resources — including a budget template and debt repayment tracker — as well as the Blue Ribbon Club, a structured financial accountability program.
Gives Insight and Advice On: Diversity in the financial planning industry
Other Projects: 2050 Trailblazers podcast
Rianka Dorsainvil is a certified financial planner and co-CEO of 2050 Wealth Builders, a fee-only financial planning business. Her tweets focus on diversity and inclusion in the finance industry.
Gives Insight and Advice On: Building confidence with money, healthy money habits, personal finance and entrepreneurship
Other Projects: Redefining Wealth podcast
Patrice Washington is a speaker, author and podcaster who launched a successful career in real estate before shifting to financial education after the 2008 housing crash. Her tweets focus less on frugal living and more on shifting your mindset and earning more money. She is best known as the personal finance expert of both Steve Harvey’s radio and television shows.
Millennial Personal Finance Influencers
Gives Insight and Advice On: Student loans, debt and personal finance
Other Projects: BrokeMillennial.com
Erin Lowry is a speaker and author of three successful “Broke Millennial” books focused on financial literacy and empowerment. Through The Broke Millennial brand, she offers coaching sessions for aspiring authors and speaking engagements.
Gives Insight and Advice On: Spending, saving, negotiating salary and female financial empowerment
Other Projects: Her TikTok account, @ herfirst100k
A self-described “financial feminist,” Tori Dunlap is a 27-year-old entrepreneur and podcaster with over 1.7 million Tik-Tok followers. Dunlap launched a blog called “Her First $100k” in 2019 that has grown into a personal finance education platform for women, especially millennials and Gen Z.
Gives Insight and Advice On: The psychology of money, investing, negotiating salary and entrepreneurship
Other Projects: I Will Teach You To Be Rich podcast
Instead of focusing on saving money, Ramit Sethi built a financial education empire based on earning more, not spending less. His website includes over 20 programs with topics including earning a higher salary, starting an online business and understanding the psychology of money.