Great Minds on Money
The issues of money management are timeless — particularly the struggle to keep on top of costs and ensure you’re funneling money back into savings. From Benjamin Franklin to Beyoncé, the most notable people of past and present have ruminated on the value of money beyond commerce — its link to power and how keeping more than you spend leads to freedom and autonomy.
We’ve gathered 25 inspiring quotes about money, wealth and finances to urge you to up your savings. Find out what the greats had to say on #WhyISave.
Sophia Amoruso is the founder and owner of Nasty Gal, an online boutique that sells women’s clothing, accessories and shoes. Her company famously grew from an eBay store to an online boutique in five years. Her 2014 book on entrepreneurship, “#GIRLBOSS,” is a New York Times bestseller.
Beyoncé is #1 on Forbes’ 2014 "100 Most Powerful Celebrities" list with an estimated earnings of $115 Million dollars as of June 2014. To date, Beyoncé has won 17 Grammy awards and received 45 nominations. She regularly sings about women’s empowerment, with lyrics like, "Who run the world? Girls!"
Ayn Rand is the author of "The Fountainhead" and "Atlas Shrugged."
As Vice President of the United States, Joe Biden has implemented the post-recession Recovery Act, creating two million jobs nationwide. When hashing out financial reform with President Obama, he famously prompted him to accept Paul Volcker’s theory of preventing banks from engaging in risky trading. Biden also encouraged a bailout of the Big Three auto companies.
Dave Ramsey is a radio host, television personality, motivational speaker and author who focuses primarily on getting out of debt.
Jean Chatzky is a financial journalist, motivational speaker and author. She is also the financial editor for NBC's “Today Show.”
Laura Vanderkam is the author of “All The Money In The World: What The Happiest People Know About Getting and Spending,” “168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think” and “Grindhopping: Build a Rewarding Career Without Paying Your Dues.” She also writes the “168 Hours” blog for CBS MoneyWatch.
Benjamin Franklin was one of the Founding Fathers of the United States and the author of the 1758 essay, “The Way to Wealth,” emphasizing the importance of frugality. You also see his mug every time you pull out a $100 bill.
Oscar Wilde was an author and playwright, famously penning “The Picture of Dorian Gray” and “The Importance of Being Earnest,” among others.
J. Paul Getty
J. Paul Getty founded the Getty Oil Company and was named the world's richest private citizen in the 1966 “Guinness Book of Records.” Upon his passing in 1976, Getty left a majority of his estate, worth almost $700 million, to the J. Paul Getty Museum trust, with the mission to provide for "the diffusion of artistic and general knowledge."
Elisabeth Leamy is an author, speaker and journalist. In 2013, she became a consumer and investigative correspondent for Dr. Oz.
Jeannette Bajalia is the founder of Women’s Worth, a financial planning service specifically catering to the needs of women.
Warren Buffett is the chairman, CEO and largest shareholder of Berkshire Hathaway as well as a prominent and successful investor. He is currently #4 on Forbes’ “Top 50 Billionaires 2014.”
Suze Orman is a television host, financial advisor, speaker and successful author. Her bestselling titles include: “The 9 Steps to Financial Freedom,” “Women & Money: Owning The Power To Control Your Destiny” and “The Money Book for the Young, Fabulous & Broke.”
John C. Maxwell
John C. Maxwell is a pastor, speaker and author who was named the #1 leadership and management expert in the world by Inc. Magazine.
Eleanor Roosevelt was the longest-serving First Lady of the United States and the first chair of the UN Commission on Human Rights. She championed more opportunities for women in the workplace as well as civil rights.
Gloria Steinem is an activist, journalist and famously co-founded Ms. magazine in 1971. She also helped to found New York magazine, the Women's Action Alliance and the National Women's Political Caucus. One of the most prominent feminists of the 20th century, she is considered the national face of second-wave feminism.
Mae West was an actress, singer, playwright and screenwriter. She was prosecuted on “morals charges” in 1927 for acting in a play titled “Sex” which she had also written, produced and directed, but went on to write another play titled “Drag” that focused on homosexuality. She was also an early advocate of gay and transgender rights.
Candace Bushnell is a novelist and television producer. Her book “Sex and the City” was adapted into the popular HBO series.
Tennessee Williams was a playwright best known for “The Glass Menagerie,” “A Streetcar Named Desire” and “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.”
Academy Award-winning Jennifer Lawrence is the second youngest actress to ever win an Oscar. She has notably appeared in “Silver Linings Playbook,” “American Hustle” and “The Hunger Games” film series, among others.
Sofia Vergara stars on the ABC series “Modern Family.” She was named the top-earning actress on TV by Forbes in 2012 and 2013.
Angelina Jolie is a film director, actress, screenwriter, author and noted humanitarian. In addition to receiving an Academy Award, two Screen Actors Guild Awards and three Golden Globe Awards, she was named Hollywood's highest-paid actress by Forbes in 2009, 2011 and 2013.
Maya Angelou is a renowned poet and author, receiving international acclaim for her autobiography,“I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.” In total, she published seven autobiographies, three books of essays and several books of poetry as well as plays, movies and television shows.
Oprah Winfrey is an actress, producer, philanthropist and former talk show host. “The Oprah Winfrey Show” was the highest-rated talk show in American history. She was named the richest African-American of the 20th century by Forbes in 2009 and is one of only two black female billionaires in the world.