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Suze Orman Discusses Chicago Childhood, School Challenges With Arianna Huffington (VIDEO)

First Posted: 01/11/12 05:30 PM ET Updated: 01/11/12 05:30 PM ET

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Financial guru and Chicago native Suze Orman dropped by The Huffington Post's New York office Monday to chat with Arianna Huffington about coming out, her new pre-paid debit card and how growing up on the city's South Side shaped the woman she has become.

Orman, whose parents ran a deli in the city's Hyde Park neighborhood, discussed being one of the only white, Jewish children near Oglesby Avenue and 81st Street in the 50s and 60s.

"I grew up as a minority in a sea of black faces on the South Side of Chicago and it taught me to be very, very tough and it taught me how you had to work for what you needed to get," she told Huffington.

She also wanted to make it clear to the audience that she was from the real Chicago -- not the suburbs.

"I hate when I meet people and they say 'Oh, I'm from Chicago,' and I go 'where?' and they go, 'Joliet,'" she said.

WATCH Orman discuss growing up in Chicago -- and her school struggles -- here:

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