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Full Name  Gail Vaz
TV shows  Princess
Role  Writer

Name  Gail Vaz-Oxlade
Nationality  Jamaican, Canadian
Ex-spouse  Ken Prue
Gail Vaz-Oxlade wwwthestarcomcontentdamthestarlife2013041
Born  June 18, 1959 (age 56) (1959-06-18) Jamaica
Occupation  financial writer, television host
Awards  Gemini Award for Best Host in a Lifestyle/Practical Information, or Performing Arts Program or Series
Books  Debt‑Free Forever: Take Con, A woman of independ, Never Too Late: Take Control of, Easy Money, Money Rules: Rule You

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Gail Vaz-Oxlade (born June 18, 1959 in Jamaica) is a Jamaican-Canadian financial writer and television personality who lives in Brighton, Ontario, Canada. Vaz-Oxlade hosts the Canadian television series Til Debt Do Us Part, Princess and, most recently, Money Moron. Vaz-Oxlade is also a regular columnist for Yahoo! Canada Finance. Previously, she was a regular feature writer for The Globe and Mail, Chatelaine magazine, IE: Money, and, among others. Gail most recently ventured into the divorce realm by offering financially based divorce services through Common Sense Divorce.


Gail Vaz Oxlade: Why she quit TV, Financial Literacy, & More


Vaz-Oxlade began her career after moving to Canada, working as an administrative assistant and later taking a job in marketing. In that role she was asked by a banking client to write a manual for its employees on its Registered Retirement Savings Plan products, which grew into Vaz-Oxlade writing all of the bank's technical materials. Within a number of years, Vaz-Oxlade began freelance writing, ultimately writing 27 columns every month.

Citing burn-out, Vaz-Oxlade quit and moved to Brighton, Ontario with her family and over a two-year period did volunteer work and raised her family. After that time, she was asked by a production company to host Til Debt Do Us Part. In her role on that show, Vaz-Oxlade describes herself as a "super nanny for money". After seven seasons of hosting the program, Vaz-Oxlade agreed to continue with the show if the network, Slice, allowed her to do a new show. The network agreed, resulting in the creation of Princess, which focuses on young women rather than couples.

In 2011, Vaz-Oxlade began a campaign advocating for changes in the way lenders assess lending criteria, particularly for credit cards. As part of that effort, Vaz-Oxlade urged Canadian consumers to stop using their credit cards for one week and pay cash only; as well, she urged Canadians to write to their Members of Parliament to urge changes in legislation restricting the use of credit scores in the granting of credit.

Personal life

Born Gail Elizabeth Theresa Vaz to a wealthy family in Jamaica, Vaz-Oxlade emigrated to Canada with her family in 1977. Her surname is the result of hyphenating her maiden name and her first husband's surname. She has been married three times: the first marriage lasted one year; the second lasted nine years; and the third lasted eighteen years. However, Vaz-Oxlade, in a money-saving endeavour, has not divorced her last husband. Rather, they are legally separated. Vaz-Oxlade has two children, Alexandra (Alex) Kaitlin Prue and Malcolm Kenneth Prue.


Vaz-Oxlade has written numerous books, including:

  • The RRSP Answer Book (Stoddart annually 1991-1998)
  • The Borrower's Answer Book (Stoddart 1993)
  • The Retirement Answer Book (Stoddart 1994,1996,1997)
  • Shopping for Money: Strategies for Successful Borrowing (Stoddart 1992,1999)
  • The Money Tree Myth: A Parents Guide to Helping Kids Unravel the Mysteries of Money (Stoddart 1993,1996)
  • A Woman of Independent Means: A Woman's Guide to Full Financial Security (Stoddart 1999)
  • Dead Cat Bounce: The Skinny of E-Vesting (Prentice Hall 2001)
  • Divorce: A Canadian Woman's Guide (Prentice Hall 2002)
  • Education Planning (CCH Canadian 1999)
  • Debt-Free Forever:Take Control of Your Money and Your Life (Harper Collins 2009)
  • Never Too Late: Take Control of Your Retirement and Your Future (Harper Collins 2010)
  • Debt-Free Forever:Take Control of Your Money and Your Life US Edition (Experiment 2010)
  • Easy Money (Grass Roots Press 2011)
  • Money-Smart Kids (Harper Collins 2011)
  • It's Your Money: Becoming a Woman of Independent Means (Harper Collins 2011)
  • Money Rules: Rule Your Money, Or Your Money Will Rule You (Harper Collins 2012)
  • Saving for School: Understand RESPs, Take Control of Your Savings, Minimize Student Debt (Harper Collins 2013)
  • Never Too Late: Take Control of Your Retirement and Your Future Revised Edition (Harper Collins 2013)
  • Her latest book, "Money Talks: When to Say Yes and How to Say No" is currently available for pre-order and is set to release December 8 from Harper Collins Canada. A revised edition of her 2012 title, Money Rules, will be releasing alongside Money Talks.


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