Dan Dorfman


News Organizations and Titles: News organizations and titles: Columnist, JagNotes.com, March 1999-present; writer, Financial World, February 1997-June 1998; columnist, Money, 1995-96; columnist, USA Today, 1986-December 1994; commentator, CNBC, 1990-96; commentator, Cable News Network, 1980-90; financial columnist, New York Magazine, 1985-86; syndicated columnist, New York Daily News (Chicago Tribune Syndicate), 1978-84; columnist, Esquire, 1976-78; columnist, New York Magazine, 1973-76; Heard on the Street columnist, The Wall Street Journal, 1968-73.

Prior: reporter for a variety of publications, including the Daily News Record, Women's Wear Daily, New York Herald Tribune, Merchandising Week and New York World-Journal-Tribune.

Legacy: This famous - and infamous - market commentator, with his trademark squeaky voice has lent his expertise to print, television and now the Internet in a career that has spanned four decades. For a time, he was considered the highest-paid financial journalist in the world as well as one of the most influential. At his zenith, his remarks carried such influence that the Chicago Board Options Exchange instituted the "Dorfman Rule," briefly halting trading in the options of stocks that he mentioned in his broadcasts. Mr. Dorfman often broke news in his columns, including some of the then-largest mergers and contested takeovers.

Journalistic Progeny: Robert Metz, James J. Cramer, Steven Lipin and David Faber.

Personal: Born Oct. 24, 1931, grew up in a Brooklyn, N.Y., orphanage.

Family: Divorced in 1986; he has a daughter, Leah.

Education: New York School of Print, 1949.

What he has said about himself: "It's not my function to make people quake or to prove how powerful I am. My function is to get the information out and let people make decisions."

What he made news or headlines for: In January 1996, Mr. Dorfman was fired from Money magazine, where he was earning a rumored $400,000 a year, for not revealing sources to Managing Editor Frank Lalli after Mr. Dorfman was investigated for possible insider trading. No charges were brought. In 1990, after nearly a decade, he left CNN in a highly publicized move to join rival CNBC, where he made daily, closely watched appearances on "Money Wheel."

What others have said about him: Allan Sloan in a 1995 column: "I write no more than once a week, so I can do independent research and paper over the cracks. Dorfman has so much space and air time to fill that he can't begin to paper over the cracks. People told Dorfman for years that he was overextended, but he just kept doing what he was doing. Why not? The more he kept doing the same old stuff, the more famous he got, the more employers wanted him, the more money he made."

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