Kathy Finn



A Midwesterner who sank roots in New Orleans many years ago, Kathy Finn has written extensively about business throughout southeastern Louisiana. She is the former editor of New Orleans CityBusiness newspaper and Biz New Orleans magazine and has closely followed the business community's role in the local growth of professional sports. She is a columnist for New Orleans Magazine, writes regularly for the New Orleans Advocate, and works as a freelance correspondent for Reuters news.



10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.
State Capitol Building, House Committee Room 3
Big Names in Big Business: Biographies of Louisiana Entrepreneurs

11 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
Barnes & Noble Bookselling Tent
Book Signing


Tom Benson: A Billionaire's Journey

From salesman to dealership owner, New Orleans-born billionaire Tom Benson started in business with cars, which paved the way for his other profitable enterprises that include banks, real estate, and the New Orleans Saints. Kathy Finn’s biography of this self-made tycoon reveals some of the mystery behind the legend. Beginning with his working-class childhood in New Orleans, Finn delves into the contention surrounding Benson, from the controversial near-relocation of the Saints to the dramatic legal battle with his daughter. Including interviews with friends, family, and acquaintances, this extensive compilation sheds light on the man behind the empire—his successes and his tragedies.


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