Noel John Whittaker AM is a finance expert. Noel has written 17 bestselling books that have sold over two million copies around the world. His book Making Money Made Simple was named in the top 100 of the most influential books of the last century. Noel was named Australian Investment Planner of the Year in 1988. In 2003, he was awarded the Australian Centenary Medal in recognition of his services to the financial services industry. On 26 January 2011, Whittaker was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia for service to the community in raising awareness of personal responsibility in matters of superannuation, household budgeting and estate planning, through contributions to government initiatives and tertiary education.