GOBankingRates Names Nicole Lapin Winner of the 2015 Best Money Expert Competition

Author of bestselling book "Rich Bitch" becomes first woman to win the fifth annual Best Money Expert competition

Jan 11, 2016, 07:15 ET from GOBankingRates

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 11, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The votes are in, and Nicole Lapin, regarded as the "only finance expert you don't need a dictionary to understand," is crowned GOBankingRates' Best Money Expert of 2015.

Throughout December 2015, leading personal finance website GOBankingRates.com, in collaboration with Ally Bank, held its fifth annual Best Money Expert competition, which featured the 12 best and brightest experts in the world of money.

GOBankingRates' editorial team of more than 40 finance enthusiasts reviewed the work of hundreds of money experts, influencers, reporters, and bloggers, and consulted with editors at top financial publications and media outlets to select the prestigious list of Best Money Expert finalists.

Starting Dec. 1, 2015, readers had a chance to vote daily for their favorite #MoneyIdol through December 31.

In conjunction with the competition, GOBankingRates highlighted each of the 12 financial experts' No. 1 money tip for 2016 as well as fresh insights on topics such as:

"It's exciting that a woman has won GOBankingRates' 'Best Money Expert' competition for the first time," said Cameron Huddleston, GOBankingRates' Life + Money columnist. "Nicole Lapin is certainly worthy of the title given her commitment to help people -- especially women -- take control of their finances."

Lapin received 39.3 percent of the total votes cast for the 12 finalists.

The top runners-up in the competition include:

  • Josh Felber
  • Kyle Taylor (ThePennyHoarder.com)
  • Dave Ramsey
  • Tony Robbins

Other finalists named among the top money experts of 2015 include:

  • Robert Kiyosaki
  • Warren Buffett
  • Clark Howard
  • Jeanette Pavini (Coupons.com)
  • Chris Hogan
  • Tim Ferriss
  • Whitney Johnson

When asked why her message resonated so well with Americans during the competition, Lapin said, "I don't speak in jargon. I didn't work at a bank; I didn't get my MBA. I'm just a girl who grew up in an immigrant family and learned the hard way because she got herself into debt and needed to get out of it. I went to the money school of hard knocks."

To explain why her money philosophy helps people build financial health and wealth, Lapin said, "Financial confidence and building wealth starts with creating a plan you can actually stick to."

"Too often people try to cut spending cold turkey when they set out to get their financial lives in order," she added. "I'm a big believer in small indulgences, like your morning latte, because it's the equivalent of eating a Hershey's Kiss in a food diet: It keeps you on track and from bingeing later on because you don't feel so starved and deprived."

About Nicole Lapin

Nicole Lapin is the star of the CW's new business competition reality show "Hatched." She was the youngest anchor ever at CNN before holding the same title at CNBC anchoring "Worldwide Exchange," the only global finance show on the network, while contributing financial reports to "Today" and MSNBC. Lapin has served as a business anchor and special correspondent for Bloomberg Television as well as the money-saving correspondent for "The Wendy Williams Show" and also reports on Hollywood business for "The Insider" on CBS. She is currently Redbook magazine's first-ever money columnist. Lapin's first book, "Rich Bitch," a personal finance guide for women, became an instant New York Times bestseller and sold out on Amazon. Crown Business recently announced its publication of her second book, "Boss Bitch," slated for release in 2017. Lapin is an Accredited Investment Fiduciary and graduated as valedictorian from Northwestern University.

For additional insights on Lapin and the #MoneyIdol competition, visit:

About GOBankingRates

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