It makes total sense that Oprah chose NerdWallet's Tim Chen as one of the #FinancialGrownup Role Models to feature. Chen focuses on a common dilemma: How to figure out which financial product is best for you. From selecting the best credit card for your needs, to finding an affordable home loan, Chen wants to help everyone make smarter financial decisions.
His advice makes a critical point: Being too scared to invest the time in making the correct choice, can be critical to your financial well being.
The Stanford University graduate worked on Wall Street but was frustrated at the lack of transparency when it came to personal finance. And so Chen headed west to the Bay Area to become an entrepreneur, starting NerdWallet with co-founder Jake Gibson back in 2009.
Tim has built NerdWallet into a company that gives back. The firm's Nerd's Pay It Forward employee-led volunteer program has taught financial literacy classes to elementary and middle schoolers, served meals and tended a community garden.
NerdWallet also provided much of the data used in "How to Be A Financial Grownup" and even wrote a piece about the book on the NerdWallet Blog!
When not sharing his financial wisdom you can find Chen reading, playing his guitar, or enjoying the outdoors.