Ben Stein is the most famous economics teacher in history. His iconic scene as the annoying economics teacher in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off-“Anyone? Anyone” and “Bueller, Bueller” have become standard parts of the language of modern life. The scene was recently voted one of the 50 most famous scenes in American movie history.
In real life Ben Stein is a compelling, extremely humorous speaker about economics, politics, and daily life in America. He is an award winning, best selling, economist, lawyer, and teacher. Ben Stein, who studied economics at Columbia and Yale, and law at Yale under some of the most famous economists and jurists in the nation, has written path-breaking analyses of how finance works, what motivates business decision making, what causes economic crises, and what resolves them.
He has been a columnist and analyst of economic, legal and cultural behavior for The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Fortune, The Washington Post, Yahoo Finance and many other publications. In 2009, he won the Malcolm Forbes Award for Excellence in Financial Writing. Ben is also the author of dozens of books about economics and finance, the last several of which were New York Times best sellers. His books on finance in the last several years were co-written with the distinguished and much sought after asset manager Philip DeMuth.
Ben is a regular contributor to Fox News, a long time commentator on CBS Sunday Morning and a frequent guest on CNN. He also writes a long running column for The American Spectator and has been writing for years for NewsMax.
What sets him apart is that he has also had a major career as a writer and performer in Hollywood. In addition to his work in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Ben also appeared on The Wonder Years and Win Ben Stein’s Money, for which he and co-host Jimmy Kimmel won an Emmy for best game show host. He has been an adjunct teacher of economics, politics, and culture at American University, The University of California at Santa Cruz, and Pepperdine University, and was a White House speechwriter for Richard M. Nixon and Gerald R. Ford.
Ben is very involved in bringing recognition and family recovery to the surviving spouses, orphans and parents of American service members killed in the fight against terrorism.
Ben Stein lives in Washington, DC and Southern California with his wife of over 40 years, Alexandra Denman, four dogs and eight cats (all rescues) and a fish.