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Donny Deutsch Biography

Birth Name:
Donald Jay Deutsch
Birth Place:
Queens, New York, United States
TV host, advertising exec

Fast Facts

  • Began working for his father's New York ad agency in the early '80s—and was fired shortly thereafter
  • Returned in 1984, emerged as CEO in 1989 and then bought out his father
  • Did advertising work for the 1992 Clinton-Gore campaign
  • Broke ground in 1994 with an Ikea spot featuring gay shoppers
  • Deutsch Inc
  • won Adweek magazine's Agency of the Year award in 1998, '99, 2001 and '02
  • Has authored two books: Often Wrong, Never in Doubt: Unleash the Business Rebel Within (cowritten with Peter Knobler in 2005); and The Big Idea: How to Make Your Entrepreneurial Dreams Come True, From the Aha Moment to Your First Million (cowritten with Catherine Whitney in 2008)
  • Hosted Big Idea With Donny Deutsch, a CNBC talk show featuring interviews with successful businesspeople, from 2004 to 2008
  • Serves on the board of directors for the Michael J
  • Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research


  • Daisy -- Daughter
  • Amanda Zacharia -- Ex-significant Other
  • Stacy Josloff -- Ex-wife
  • David Deutsch -- Father
  • Francine Deutsch -- Mother
  • Liza Sandler -- Significant Other