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1st Annual Top Money Guru Poll

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Top Money GuruI’ve never been one to do “best of” or “award” types of posts but I thought it might be fun to find out, from you guys, the money expert you think should be given Bargaineering’s 1st Annual Top Money Guru award. We’ll be polling personal finance bloggers and readers alike to find out who you all think is the top money guru today.

We wanted to keep the list at ten and we chose ten nearly household names and each one has written an extremely popular book that has tens of thousands, if not millions, of people. I know this list is by no means exhaustive, it only has ten names on it, but it’s a start.

Here are this year’s candidates for the 1st Annual Bargaineering Top Money Gurus Awards:

We will be doing a brief profile of each these next two weeks and the poll will close June 10th.

Here are the five categories:

  • Most Accessible – How easy is it to reach this guru? Do they answer emails? Can you call in and get an answer from them? Do they answer tweets and are they active on Facebook?
  • Most Entertaining – Are they entertaining to listen to or read? Do they mix advice with humor or anecdotal stories to help you stay awake?
  • Most Helpful – Is their advice and information useful for you in your life?
  • Most Respected – Do you respect them as a guru?
  • Most Trustworthy – Do they seem trustworthy or do they have an aura of slimyness?

How the Voting Works:

The voting is simple, there are ten gurus and we have five categories. You simply pick one name for category and winner is the one with the most votes. So you vote once for Most Accessible, once for Most Entertaining, once for Most Helpful, once for Most Respected, and finally once for Most Trustworthy. Then, we have two more drop downs – Favorite and Least Favorite – and you pick one name.

That’s it! We wanted to keep it nice and simple so it wouldn’t take you more than a couple minutes to fill out. Thanks!

$100 Amazon Gift Card

As a bribe prize, we’ll be giving away a $100 Amazon Gift Card to one lucky entrant.

If you’re a personal finance blogger, we have a separate survey just for you. Exact same questions, we just wanted to compare the opinions of personal finance bloggers versus the broader community. Email me for details!

If you don’t want to do it in the box below, you can click here to open it up in its own window.

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Survey ends this Sunday, thanks!

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13 Responses to “1st Annual Top Money Guru Poll”

  1. Thomas says:

    Nice work! Look forward to reading the upcoming posts over the next two weeks. The the ones listed who is your favorite?

  2. admiral58 says:

    very interesting jim. After the voting is over, will you reveal your picks?

  3. jim says:

    I have been a fanatic reader of business news and business publications for the past 45 years, and I have not heard of half of the 10 people. I have listened to Suze Orman’s advice on occasion and as result I don’t think much of her. She might be a good guru for someone whose only financial experience has been with Monopoly money.

  4. Hanna says:

    Hey, this a very interesting award. “Most Accessible” category will be hard to judge, though since not everyone tried to get in touch with the guru.

    Great poll, anyway!

  5. huskervball says:

    Do I have this right? You profile candidates for two weeks. However, we vote in one week?

    Ummm, is there not a little disparity here?

  6. Jim says:

    I’ll share my picks (and the community & pf blogger results) too. Can’t bias it now!

  7. Brandon says:

    Well then you’re for a history lesson :) We’ll be profiling each expert so you’ll get a clearer understanding of all the candidates.

  8. Richard W. Wert says:

    Robert Kiyosaki is always trying to sell his products, not simply offering advice. Also, one of his entities filed bankruptcy, which raises questions in my mind about his advice if he (or his entities) has/have financial trouble.

  9. Ben says:

    I love Clark Howard’s show!!! but Dave Ramsey is my all time favorite.

  10. Carol Ann says:

    I watch and listen to Suze Orman as I can. She has good no nonsense advice and planning tips. I have wanted to buy a few of her products but have gotten by so far by using her free tips and classes. I think she’s a interesting person.

  11. Corina says:

    Suze Orman seems genuinely interested in helping!
    Kyiosaki is just a sales person!

  12. C. Quinn says:

    Yes, to Suze Orman. I agree with Cornia that Kyiosaki does seem like a sales person for his products and gain.


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