• Give a Gift
  • Customer Service
  • Promotions
  • Videos
  • Blogs
  • Win
  • Games

September 13, 2010

Alexa von Tobel

The next Suze Orman

Share
Special Offer

Alexa von Tobel, 26, founder and CEO, LearnVest

Résumé: Think you've taken risks for your career? In 2008, Lehman Brothers had just collapsed and the world economy was cratering. In her first semester at Harvard Business School, Alexa von Tobel decided to take a leave of absence to create a women-targeted personal finance startup. Two years in, she's raised $5.6 million from investors compelled by her vision of empowering young women financially, and her site has more than 100,000 users. Harvard can wait.

Background check: "Growing up in a family of doctors, I wanted to be a brain surgeon for a while. But ultimately, I get most excited about creating things, which is why I decided to become an entrepreneur."

Big break: "When I was planning LearnVest, everyone told me I had to talk to Ann Kaplan, one of the first female partners at Goldman Sachs. Within five minutes of our meeting, she totally got the idea — and by the time I left, she was a seed investor."

Startup syndrome: "I go to bed at 2 a.m. and get up at 7 a.m. — I've never been a sleeper. But I definitely get sick every month-and-a-half."


Share
Connect with Marie Claire:
Advertisement
horoscopes
daily giveaway
One winner will receive a year’s supply of makeup products from Lancôme ($389) and a year’s supply of hair products from Garnier Fructis ($90), as selected by the Sponsors.

One winner will receive a year’s supply of makeup products from Lancôme ($389) and a year’s supply of hair products from Garnier Fructis ($90), as selected by the Sponsors.

enter now
You Know You Want More
More From Money Advice
Smart, Sexy Money

Live your richest life — no matter what you earn — with these no-fail tips from LearnVest's money guru Alexa von Tobel.

The Rich Girl's Money Rules to Live By

Want to earn more? Spend smarter? Live a glamorous life? Take charge of your money with our financial cheat sheet.

Real-Life Revenge of the Nerds

A new book suggests that teenage outcasts are the most likely to succeed as adults.

post a comment

Special Offer
Link Your Marie Claire Account to Facebook
Welcome!

Marie Claire already has an account with this email address. Link your account to use Facebook to sign in to Marie Claire. To insure we protect your account, please fill in your password below.

Forgot Password?

Thanks for Joining

Your information has been saved and an account has been created for you giving you full access to everything marieclaire.com and Hearst Digital Media Network have to offer. To change your username and/or password or complete your profile, click here.

Continue
Your accounts are now linked

You now have full access to everything Marie Claire and Hearst Digital Media Network have to offer. To change your settings or profile, click here.

Continue