Throughout the month of February, leading personal finance website GOBankingRates held its sixth annual Best Money Expert competition, featuring 16 of the best and brightest experts in the world of money.
Lapin received 46 percent of the votes cast in this year's competition, up from 39 percent last year. When asked about her win, Lapin said that she couldn't believe she won in the presence of such stellar experts.
"I'm in awe of what everybody in the competition has done," she said. "It felt like a friendly celebration of what we're all trying to do, which is democratize financial content."
Regarded as the "only finance expert you don't need a dictionary to understand," Lapin has made it a priority in her career to make financial literacy accessible to those from all backgrounds.
"We didn't learn this stuff in school," she said. "It's not our fault — we don't have to be hard on ourselves. But we can't bury our heads in the sand."
The top runners-up in the competition include:
Other finalists named among the top money experts of 2017 are:
"I want to thank everyone involved for making this such a big and successful initiative," said GOBankingRates President Jeff Bartlett. "We hope to continue working with all of these thought leaders throughout the year and share more of their financial expertise with our audience."
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