Zack Friedman

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Zack Friedman
🏳️ NationalityAmerican
🏫 EducationWharton Business School
Columbia Law School
Harvard University
Johns Hopkins University
💼 Occupation
👔 EmployerMake Lemonade
The Blackstone Group
Morgan Stanley
The White House
🏢 OrganizationCouncil on Foreign Relations
The Asia Society
Pacific Council
Bretton Woods Committee
National Committee on U.S.-China Relations
Notable workThe Lemonade Life
🏅 AwardsRevolutionary CFO of the Year
All-USA College Academic Team
Asia 21 Young Leader

Zack Friedman is an entrepreneur, investor, bestselling author and speaker.

Friedman is the bestselling author of the blockbuster book, The Lemonade Life: How To Fuel Success, Create Happiness, and Conquer Anything, which Success Magazine named as a book that will "help you think better and thrive more."[1] Publisher's Weekly said Friedman "provides a wealth of actionable advice." [2] Apple Books selected The Lemonade Life as one of "Fall's Biggest Audiobooks" and a "Must-Listen."[3] The Lemonade Life debuted as the #1 new business audiobook on Apple's bestseller chart.[4]

Friedman is founder & chief executive officer of Make Lemonade.[5]

Friedman is a regular columnist at Forbes and writes a popular column on personal finance, leadership, investing and entrepreneurship that has been read by more than 100 million people.[6]

As a motivational speaker, Friedman's TEDx Talk is called "The Secrets To Happiness At Work." [7]


Zack Friedman is the founder & chief executive officer of Make Lemonade, a leading personal finance company that empowers you to lead a better financial life.[8]

Previously, Friedman was the Group Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Mina Group, an international energy services, commodities trading and energy infrastructure company[9] and the largest supplier of jet fuel to the US military in Afghanistan.[10] In 2014, Friedman was named "Revolutionary CFO of the Year" in the Middle East.[11]

Prior to Mina Group, Friedman was a hedge fund investor, and invested across multiple sectors, including financial services, real estate, energy, consumer, and healthcare. Previously, Friedman worked at The Blackstone Group, the global private equity and advisory firm, and Morgan Stanley, the international investment bank. Friedman is a former White House intern for the Chief of Staff to President Bill Clinton.[12]

He has also served as a member of the adjunct faculty at Columbia Law School.[13]


Friedman is a graduate of Wharton Business School (MBA), Columbia Law School (J.D., Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar), Harvard University (Master in Public Policy) and Johns Hopkins University (B.A., Phi Beta Kappa). According to one of his professors, "Zack Friedman is, quite simply, one of the smartest and best students I have had in over 36 years of teaching political science and constitutional law."[14]


  1. "6 Books That Will Help You Think Better and Thrive More". Success Magazine. August 8, 2019. Retrieved December 16, 2020.
  2. "The Lemonade Life: How To Fuel Success, Create Happiness And Conquer Anything - Review". Publisher's Weekly. August 2019. Retrieved December 16, 2020.
  3. "Biggest Audiobooks: The Lemonade Life". Apple Books. October 25, 2019. Retrieved November 1, 2019.
  4. "Must Listens: The Lemonade Life". Apple Books. August 6, 2019. Retrieved August 14, 2019.
  5. "Here's what you should consider before you co-sign on a student loan". CNBC. July 6, 2018. Retrieved July 11, 2018.
  6. "AOC Insists Joe Biden Can Forgive Student Loans by Executive Order Despite Constitutional Questions". Newsweek. Retrieved December 16, 2020.
  7. "Zack Friedman: The Secrets To Happiness At Work". Retrieved November 11, 2019.
  8. "I've spent nearly 15 years working in finance, and here are the 7 best pieces of advice I can give you about money". Business Insider. April 24, 2017. Retrieved December 17, 2017.
  9. "Threat of Interstate Conflict Brings War Room Issues to the Boardroom". Retrieved March 1, 2015.
  10. "Mina Group Brings Fuel To The Remotest Places On Earth". World Finance. January 2015. Retrieved January 19, 2015.
  11. "Messianic Times: Dubai Honors Jewish Revolutionary CFO Of The Year Zack Friedman". Retrieved December 16, 2020.
  12. "Zack Friedman: Executive Profile". Bloomberg Businessweek. Retrieved January 17, 2015.
  13. "Three Moves Ahead". Columbia Law School Magazine. Retrieved November 3, 2013.
  14. "At a campus filled with intelligent, highly motivated students, Hopkins seniors Zack Friedman and Sarvenaz Zand could be classified as hyperachievers". The Johns Hopkins Gazette. February 21, 2000. Retrieved December 8, 2012.

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