Suze Orman Biography

Suze Orman is a well-known American financial advisor, television personality, author as well as a podcast host. Susan Lynn Orman was born on June 5, 1951, in Chicago, Illinois, USA. Her parents, Ann and Morry, are Jewish and of Russian and Romanian origin. Suze’s father worked in a chicken factory while also managing Morry’s Deli in Hyde Park. On the other hand, her mother worked as a secretary for a local rabbi.

Suze earned her Bachelor of Arts in Social Work from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. From the same university, in 2009, she received an honorary doctorate of humane letters. A year later, in 2010, she was presented with an honorary doctorate of Commercial Science from Bentley University.

Suze Orman Career

Suze initially started working as a waitress after completing school and moving to Berkeley, California. Later on, she planned to open a restaurant and for that, she had borrowed money from her friends. However, she decided to invest money via a representative at Merrill Lynch. Unfortunately, she lost all her investment. This event led to her increase in interest in finance. She entered Merrill Lynch’s stockbroker training program. After gaining training as an account executive from Merrill Lynch, she remained in the firm until 1983. After leaving the firm, she became a Vice President of Investments at Prudential Bache Securities. She resigned in 1987 and went on to establish the Suze Orman Financial Group, in Emeryville, California.

She was the director till 1997. There, she published a booklet titled The Facts on Single Premium Whole Life, which she distributed for free to anyone who requested one. In 2002, she started her own show called The Suze Orman Show which was aired on CNBC. The final episode of the show was aired on March 28, 2015. In 2016, she got appointed as a personal finance educator for the United States Army and Army Reserve. In 2018, to help spread awareness regarding financial abuse, she began serving as a Special Advocate for the National Domestic Violence Hotline. At present, Suze is the host of her podcast called Suze Orman Women and Money Podcast.

Suze Orman Biography

Real Name Susan Lynn Orman
Birth Date 5 June 1951
Age (as of 2022) 70 Years
Birth Place Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Nationality American
Profession TV host
Religion Christianity
Sun sign Gemini

Physical Statistics

Height in feet inches – 5’ 4” – in Centimetres – 163 cm 
Weight in Kilograms – 57 kg  –  in Pounds –  125 lbs 
Shoe Size 7 (U.S.)
Hair Color Blonde
Eye Color Blue
Body Type Average


Father Morry Orman
Mother Ann Orman


School South Shore High School
College University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Relationship Status

Marital Status Married
Affair No
Is she a lesbian? Yes
Husband Kathy Travis
Children None

Personal life

In February 2007, Suze came out as a lesbian. In 2020, she married Katty Travis, who is also a partner in her business.

Suze Orman Net Worth

As of 2020, Suze Orman’s net worth is between $10 million to $30 million.


  • Suze has been a New York Times bestseller for ten consecutive times for her books on personal finance.
  • She has been awarded Emmy Awards twice and Gracie Awards eight times.
  • Suze has appeared numerous times as a guest on The Oprah Winfrey Show and Larry King Live.
  • Suze had been writing a financial advice column for O, The Oprah Magazine.
  • On her podcast, she revealed that she underwent surgery to remove a tumor in her spine.

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