Announcing the Winners of the 11th Annual Plutus Awards

In a virtual ceremony on Friday, November 13, 2020, Joe Saul-Sehy (Stacking Benjamins) and co-presenters announced the winners of the 11th Annual Plutus Awards presented by Capital Group.

The Green Carpet kicked things off.

The evening ceremony began with “green carpet” interviews where Joe, Miranda Marquit, and Harlan Landes took turns speaking with selected Plutus Awards finalists as they were getting ready to enjoy the ceremony. Featured guests on the green carpet were Latasha Peterson (Arts and Budgets, finalist for Best Entrepreneurship or Side Hustle Content), Andy Hill (Marriage, Kids and Money, winner of Best Family or Couples Finance Content), Athena Lent (Money Smart Latina, winner of Best Personal Finance Content for Underserved Communities), Tarra Jackson (SideGigCon, finalist for Best Collaborative Project or Event), Nike Booth (Debt Free Gonnabe, finalist for Best Debt Freedom Content), Kevin Payne (Family Money Adventure, finalist for Best Family or Couples Finance Content), and John Schenider and David Auten (Debt Free Guys, finalist for Best Family or Couples Finance Content).

Interviews also included Lindsay Bryan-Podvin (The Financial Anxiety Solution, finalist for Best New Personal Finance Book), Jully-Alma Taveras (Investing Latina, finalist for Best Content Series, Best Current Events Content Related to Personal Finance, Best Investment Content, and Personal Finance Video Channel of the Year; winner of People’s Choice), Jannese Torres-Rodriguez (Yo Quiero Dinero Podcast, finalist for Best New Personal Finance Podcast and Best Personal Finance Content for Underserved Communities), Dee Komaromi (Kids Money Academy, finalist for Best Financial Literacy Content For Children), Scarlett McCarthy (Literally Broke, finalist for Best New Personal Finance Blog), Alyssa Davies (Mixed Up Money, winner of Best Canadian Finance Content), and Jacob Wade (I Heart Budgets, finalist for Best Current Events Content Related to Personal Finance).

Watch Live From the Green Carpet

Joe Saul-Sehy began the main part of the program by introducing Plutus Foundation executive director, Harlan Landes, who thanked the Plutus Awards team and the sponsors. Harlan also introduced Tom Joyce, Vice President of Capital Group.

The first co-presenter to join Joe was Natalie Torres-Haddad, Financially Savvy Latina, who helped Joe announce four categories. Other co-presenters were Chris Browning (Popcorn Finance, and Berna Anat (Hey Berna.

The ceremony was interrupted by a call from Jordon Cox, who was under the impression he would be hosting the ceremony that evening.

Continuing with the awards, Joe was joined again by Jen Hemphill Her Deniro Matters, Jerry O. Brown (Peerless Money Mentor, and his mom, before special guest Clark Howard (The Clark Howard Show) stopped by to announce the winners of a few categories.

Harlan returned, joined by Sherrian Crumbley to provide the latest news from the Foundation and announce the Fall 2020 round of grant recipients. Miranda Marquit announced the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award, Donna Freedman (Surviving and Thriving).

This award was followed by the Plutus Community Feature, where we share the joyous personal milestones and accomplishments from throughout the community over the past year.

Finally, Tom Joyce from Capital Group returned to award the top prizes of the night.

Some of our winners announced Friday include A Purple Life (Best Financial Independence or Retire Early Content), Clever Girl Finance (Best Debt Freedom Content), Dumpster Dog Blog (Best Investing Content), Elevate (Best Collaborative Project or Event), Our Rich Journey (Personal Finance Video Channel of the Year), Journey to Launch (Personal Finance Podcast of the Year), Bitches Get Riches (Personal Finance Blog of the Year), and Investing Latina (People’s Choice Award).

Here is the full list of 11th Annual Plutus Awards winners.

Special thanks.

Special thanks to Joe Saul-Sehy and our presenters, all of who recorded video in advance and did a wonderful job keeping the ceremony engaging and entertaining. Thanks also to our partners, including all of our trophy sponsors as well as our headlining partner, Capital Group. The event would not have been possible without their support.

Thank you to the Plutus Awards Panel and the Plutus Awards Planning Team.

Watch the full presentation.

Read the press release.


Winners for the 11th Annual Plutus Awards have been announced in a livestreamed digital ceremony that took place on November 13, 2020. The winners represent a wide variety of experiences and backgrounds.

“In this year of social distancing, we were pleased to put together a ceremony that emphasized togetherness, even while we can’t be together in person,” Harlan Landes said, the founder of the Plutus Awards and the executive director of the Plutus Foundation, which presents the Awards. “We are so pleased to have such a great partner in Capital Group as we navigate this uncharted territory.”

Winners in the most-anticipated categories include:

Blog of the Year: Bitches Get Riches
Podcast of the Year: Journey to Launch
Video Channel of the Year: Our Rich Journey on YouTube
People’s Choice: Investing Latina
Additionally, Donna Freedman, a long-time member of the community was recognized with the Lifetime Achievement Award.

“Capital Group congratulates the personal finance content creators recognized by the Plutus Foundation,” said Tom Joyce, senior vice president and head of communications at Capital Group. “We are committed to improving people’s lives through successful investing. We’re honored to support individuals who are lending their voices and building communities around financial well-being and the importance of saving and investing for the long-term.”

Included in this year’s ceremony were two new categories added by the Plutus Awards panel, which ultimately votes on finalists and winners. One category recognizing underserved communities, included content creators from the LGBTQIA personal finance community, as well as creators of color. The winner in this category was Money Smart Latina.

Additionally, the panelists, which represent a diverse cross-section of online personal finance content creators, added a category recognizing outstanding coverage of current events. The winner of this category was an episode titled “A Candid Conversation About Race in America” by Michelle Jackson from her podcast, Michelle is Money Hungry.

“I’m pleased that our panel has been a driving force in recognizing how we can do better in the personal finance community,” Landes said. “This year’s winners represent a strong cross section of attitudes and perspectives that are often overlooked.”


About the Plutus Foundation

The Plutus Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that provides grant money and resources to provide opportunities for the financial media to create, develop, and administer community-based programs that enhance financial literacy, education, and empowerment. The Plutus Awards celebrates excellence in financial media with an annual awards ceremony recognizing the best content from independent producers. The Foundation also produces Plutus Voices, a series of learning and networking events for the financial media, bringing attention to important topics.

About Capital Group

Since 1931, Capital Group, home of the American Funds, has been singularly focused on delivering superior results for long-term investors using high-conviction portfolios, rigorous research and individual accountability. As of June 30, 2020, Capital Group manages more than $1.9 trillion in equity and fixed income assets for millions of individual and institutional investors around the world.

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