Paula Pant

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Kathmandu, Nepal
CitizenshipUnited States of America
  • Podcaster
  • entrepreneur

Paula Pant is an Nepalese-American podcaster and entrepreneur.[1] She is best known for her top-ranked personal finance podcast Afford Anything, and for her TED-style talks at Google, FinCon, and other conferences.[2][3] She is an expert within the FIRE movement in building wealth through rental real estate investing.[4]


Pant was born in Kathmandu, Nepal, and grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA.[1] She began her career as a newspaper reporter and freelance journalist before becoming a personal finance entrepreneur and rental real estate investor.[1] Pant has traveled to more than 30 countries, and owns at least 7 rental properties.[1]


Pant was one of the first high-profile women in the personal finance media community thanks to her blog Afford Anything.[5] She won the 2018 Plutus Award for lifetime achievement and Podcast of the Year.[6] Later, she turned that blog into the top-ranked Afford Anything podcast, which talks about financial independence, often through a rental real estate lens.[7] She is considered a leader of the financial independence, retire early (FIRE) movement. She is a proponent of starting small and focusing on one particular type of rental property rather than trying to master everything, and to keep emotion out of it.[8] She also says the "financial independence" piece of FIRE is more important than the "retire early" piece.[9]

Pant received a lot of press coverage in 2018 after Suze Orman came on her podcast and said she hates the FIRE movement.[8]


Afford Anything's focus is on "You can afford anything, but not everything."


Pant hosts the Afford Anything podcast.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 "This Blogger Quit Her Job to Travel the World for 3 Years. Here's How". Retrieved 2022-03-10.
  2. "Talks at Google: Ep41 - Paula Pant | Afford Anything". Retrieved 2022-03-10.
  3. A Call for Radical Authenticity - FinCon 2017 Big Ideas Talk by Paula Pant, retrieved 2022-03-10
  4. Suknanan, Jasmin (2021-10-18). "How to figure out if you actually have enough money to buy your first home". CNBC. Retrieved 2022-03-10.
  5. Becker, Joshua. "10 Top Personal Finance Bloggers to Follow in 2021". Forbes. Retrieved 2022-03-10.
  6. "Winners of the 9th Annual Plutus Awards". The Plutus Foundation. Retrieved 2022-03-10.
  7. Dibdin, Emma (2020-05-29). "7 Podcasts Your Wallet Will Love". The New York Times. Retrieved 2022-03-10.
  8. 8.0 8.1 Picchi, Aimee. "Is buying an investment property right for you? Here are six tips from the pros". USA TODAY. Retrieved 2022-03-10.
  9. Gerstner, Lisa (2022-02-24). "The FIRE Movement Is Alive and Well". NASDAQ. Retrieved 2022-03-10.

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