You may know him best for his deadpan delivery in Ferris Bueller's Day Off, or his offbeat game show, "Win Ben Stein's Money." But this active thinker is also a major contributor to current discussions and understanding of business, ethical and social issues in the world of finance, and the political and social content of mass culture. Come hear this polymath speak about the many economic, political and social issues confronting us today- The Commonwealth Club of California
Robert Saldich is the Chair of the Board of Governors at The Commonwealth Club of California in San Francisco, CA.
Ben Stein is a lawyer, economist, and commentator on finance (and a well-known actor and Hollywood personality).
Stein served as an economist at the U.S. Department of Commerce. He has been a longtime contributor to Barron's and a columnist and editorial writer for the Wall Street Journal. He has also written extensively about finance for New York magazine and the Washington Post.
In addition to writing for Yahoo! Finance, he currently writes a biweekly column on economics and finance for the New York Times and appears weekly on the Fox News network commenting on finance and economics.
He is the author of several personal finance books, including How to Ruin Your Financial Life, Moneypower: How to Make Inflation Make You Rich, Financial Passages, and - with Phil DeMuth - the best-sellers Yes, You Can Time the Market, Yes, You Can Be a Successful Income Investor, and the forthcoming Yes, You Can Still Retire Comfortably.
Stein, whose father was well-known economist Herbert Stein, grew up in Silver Spring, Maryland. He graduated from Columbia University in New York City in 1966 with honors in economics. He studied law and economics at Yale from 1967 to 1970 and graduated from Yale Law School as valedictorian in 1970.
Stein is honorary chair of the National Retirement Planning Coalition and lives in Los Angeles, California.