Robert Kiyosaki Biography - Profile
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T Kiyosaki is a Hawaiian
born author and motivational speaker. He
studied at the New York U.S. Merchant Marine
Academy, joined the Marine Corps and fought
in the Vietnam war. Kiyosaki has risen to
fame as a motivational author and speaker
in the areas of personal finance, real estate,
investing and business. His Rich Dad Poor
Dad series of books have sold millions of
copies worldwide and through his education
programs he is reaching thousands of students
with his financial messages.
Kiyosaki was born and raised in Hawaii of
Japanese / American parents. After moving
to New York and graduating from college,
Kiyosaki enlisted in the Marine Corps. He
become an officer and helicopter gun pilot,
serving time in the Vietnam war. Upon his
return Kiyosaki worked as a salesman for
the Xerox printing and photocopying company.
His first success in the business world
came with a company he started in 1977.
Kiyosaki's company was importing nylon and
Velcro wallets that went on to become associated
with surfers, earning them the title of
"surfer wallets" and making Kiyosaki
Eventually Kiyosaki went on to become an
educator in the areas of business and finance.
In the mid eighties he established an educational
company where students worldwide could learn
about his financial philosophies.
Kiyosaki developed a board game to educate
people financially, while at the same time
remaining entertaining. The Cashflow 101
board game went on to become very successful
for Kiyosaki. Cashflow 101 is now also available
online, where players are able to learn
the basics of investing and personal finance.
Rich Dad, Poor Dad
Robert Kiyosaki's real success came with
a series of books based on the rich dad
and poor dad characters. Kiyosaki writes
the books in an entertaining method where
financial novices can remain entertained
and at the same time learn his personal
finance theories. The rich dad, poor dad
characters are fictional people, loosely
based on people in Kiyosaki's life. Basically,
poor dad is the man that goes to work hard
for his money in a government job, just
getting by each week, paying the bills and
feeding the family. Eventually going on
to retire poor and unhappy. Rich dad is
more of a risk taker and uses his money
to invest in real estate and businesses,
eventually leading to an abundance of financial
wealth where he retires early with a large
The Rich Dad, Poor Dad series consists of
more than 8 books based on themes of investing,
real estate, personal finance and business
motivation. Many of them have gone on to
become best sellers in their genre with
the most popular (Rich Dad, Poor Dad) selling
more than 17 million copies.
Robert Kiyosaki has created a loyal group
of many followers world wide with his financial
philosophies, but there are also critics
of his teachings. Some critics have accused
Kiyosaki of giving novice investors false
hope and encouraging them to make financially
risky investment decisions, especially in
the areas of real estate.
Kiyosaki briefly retired at the age 47 in
1994. He remains involved with the Rich
Dad educational company, aiming to spread
his financial literacy message worldwide.
Other founding members of the educational
group include his Wife Kim Kiyosaki and
Sharon Lechture, CPA (co-author of the popular
Rich Dad, Poor Dad book).
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