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Q+A: Maria Fiorini Ramirez


I sat down with Maria Fiorini Ramirez today after she joined us at the Reuters Investment Outlook Summit and asked her about starting her own company — the global economic consulting firm Maria Fiorini Ramirez, Inc — her advice for young entrepreneurs, and if women can balance a successful work and home life.

Where you were you born?
Naples, Italy

When did you come to the U.S?
1960. To East New York.

Did you go to high school there?
Yes, St. Michael’s. An all girl’s Catholic school.

Where do you live now?
Far Hills, New Jersey

Did you ever think that you were going to start your own business?
Yes. And a global one because I always liked geography and history.

Why a financial company?
I really like economics and how it affects life, people, and things in general.