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Ben Stein      

Political Economist; Author and Actor; Cult Icon

Ben Stein has had what may be the most diverse career of anyone now on the national scene. He is in every sense a Renaissance Man. He has been an award-winning actor, economist, writer, journalist, and teacher, and is as equally well known in America's boardrooms as in America's dormitories and fraternity houses. He is certainly the only man to be a famous, humorous teacher about economics and law.

Stein was born in Washington DC, the son of noted economist and writer Herbert Stein. He attended Montgomery Blair High School in Silver Spring, Maryland, where he studied alongside future luminaries Sly Stallone, Carl Berstein, Goldie Hawn, and Connie Chung. He received a BA with honors from Economics of Columbia, where he was active in the civil rights movement to secure voting and other legal rights for African-Americans. He was valedictorian of his class, by election of his classmates, at Yale Law School class of 1970, where he also worked strenuously, part-time, as a poverty lawyer and as an activist and demonstrator for civil rights and decent treatment of the poor.

After graduation, Stein served as a poverty lawyer in the field of advertising, and as a teacher on the political content of film and TV at American University, UC Santa Cruz, and Pepperdine. He was a speechwriter and lawyer for Presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford, and also did legal work for Mr. Nixon in the darkest days of Watergate. He is not, repeat not, Deep Throat.

Stein was a columnist for The Wall Street Journal and also wrote editorials for the publication. In June of 1976, he moved to Hollywood to become a novelist, TV sitcom writer, and movie scriptwriter. He has written and published 17 books, seven fiction and the rest nonfiction. While most of his books are about Hollywood and mass culture, some are self-help and/or surround finance; his How to Ruin Your Financial Life was widely popular. Stein labored especially hard on a decade long project of exposing financial fraud and self dealing at large companies. His work on the Milken/Drexel junk bond scheme was instrumental in the recovery of billions for investors and tax payers.

Stein has also taught about law and economics and securities law at Pepperdine Law School for many years and has served as an expert witness in many securities law cases.

In 1986, with no professional training, Stein became an instant cult hero for his role as the boring economics teacher in Ferris Bueller's Day Off; his scene was voted "one of the 50 funniest scenes in American film history." After that, Stein became a recurring character on Charles in Charge, The Wonder Years, and then in 1997 began his long running hit quiz show, Win Ben Stein's Money. The show won six Emmys and Stein won one for Best Game Show Host. In all, his show has been nominated for 17 Emmys.

Stein's most recent book is Can America Survive?: The Rage of the Left, the Truth, and What to Do About It. He writes regularly for E-Online and The American Spectator, and has been a columnist for New York Magazine, Los Angeles Magazine, Barrons, and many others.

Speech Topics

Ben Stein on Life

Ben Stein is a profoundly unique individual who has had the good fortune to have "been there and done that" in a myriad of professions that many of us only dream about, see on television, or read about in the news. Always entertaining, always informative and possessing expertise in everything from law to laughs, Ben Stein will leave your audience with useful insight (if you want it!) or simply great memories of a fun time had by all.

Ben Stein on Politics in America

At a time of tremendous uncertainty for America's political, business and social institutions, Ben Stein provides a patriotic, optimistic look of how we have been here beforeand we will find our way forward to a brighter future. Stein lays out what leaders must do to move the greatest country on earth forward by delivering a positive policy prescription for a moral and economic recovery. Stein is a lifelong Republican, but is not afraid to call out his party when he believes they are off the tracksespecially about budgets, taxes and deficits. A former speechwriter to Presidents Nixon and Ford, a campaigner for Ronald Reagan and a longtime observer of all things politic whose views are regularly featured on CBS Sunday Morning, CNN and FOX, audiences leave Stein's uplifting and pragmatic presentation feeling that America's best days lie in the not-so-distant future.

Ben Stein on the Economy

In election after election there is endless complaining about waste, fraud and abuse in Washington, each batch of candidates promises to clean it up, but somehow it never happens. With the latest economic debacle in full tilt, one thing is for certain you and I will pick up the monster-sized bill in many different ways. What is missing is more regulation from Washington and more prosecution, not less. Ben Stein shares these insights and more regarding the current economy, what prompted this fiasco and what must be done to dig us out.

Ben Stein at Universities and Colleges

His topics include, What Does It All Mean for You? The Economic Meltdown: How It Happened and How You Can Survive It and Thrive

A Positive Program To Beat the Retirement Crisis

A step by step plan for the nation, each company's employees, each retiree to be enable to retire comfortably by careful and highly DIVERSIFIED and RISK AVERSE saving and investing. I will lay out how we got into the retirement mess, how much short we are, and how as a nation we can get to a better place. I will also set out a plan to save and invest with the help of financial professionals so that the investor's money growswhile avoiding the risks of catastrophic downturns without taking unnecessary risks. This is a speech for people who seriously want to retire comfortably and help others do so. It involves discussion of a wide range of investment vehicles with emphasis on the financial professionals' role in getting a decent retirement.

Economic Outlook.

Renaissance man Ben Stein melds deadpan humor and serious insights on the economy and human nature in talks that leave people laughing and thinking. He offers laughter, insight and tears as he explores society’s most quirky conundrums. Armed with a curmudgeonly persona and offbeat style, he dissects the economy and helps audiences balance life’s priorities, even as he offers an eye-opening tour of its greatest absurdities. An exceptionally gifted economist whose market analysis is sought by companies and organizations across the country, his perspectives on our country’s current economic environment are not to be missed.


Writer, commentator, columnist, teacher, economist, comedian and actor – Ben Stein is recognized around the globe for his insights and commentary on the world in which we live. One of the areas that Ben deeply understands and continually examines is the business of healthcare. Given today’s healthcare economy, Ben is excited to talk with audiences about timely topics such as: What are we doing in healthcare to deliver services with the highest possible quality at the lowest possible costs? How can we be more automated and accurate? With the days of “Big Data” upon us, how can we work together differently to share data among business partners in ways that are secure and efficient. Other industries have leveraged their supply chain as a foundational element in becoming more streamlined and highly cost-effective (think McDonalds, Walmart as key examples) – what will we do in healthcare to build similarly efficient models? In this session, Ben examines the state of healthcare today and in the future. While the debate may rage on about healthcare reform, there’s no doubt that healthcare must evolve. Ben will help attendees consider ways for providers and suppliers to work together to improve today’s healthcare environment.

Can America Survive?

How to Ruin Your Financial Life


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