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Robert Kiyosaki
Kiyosaki in 2023
Kiyosaki in 2023
BornRobert Toru Kiyosaki
(1947-04-08) April 8, 1947 (age 77)
Hilo, Territory of Hawaii, U.S.
OccupationBusinessman, author
SubjectPersonal finance, business investing
Years active1973–1994
Notable worksRich Dad Poor Dad
Kim Meyer
(m. 1986; div. 2017)
RelativesEmi Kiyosaki (sister)
Beth Kiyosaki (sister)
John Kiyosaki (brother)

Robert Toru Kiyosaki (born April 8, 1947) is an American businessman and author, known for the Rich Dad Poor Dad series of personal finance books. He is the founder of the Rich Dad Company, a private financial education company that provides personal finance and business education to people through books and videos, and Rich Global LLC, which filed for bankruptcy in 2012.[1]

Since 2010, Kiyosaki was the subject of a class action suit filed by people who attended his seminars,[2][3] and the subject of investigative documentaries by CBC,[4] WTAE-TV.[5][6]

Early life and family[edit]

Kiyosaki was born in 1947 in Hilo, in the American Territory of Hawaii, into a family of Japanese descent.[7] His father was an academic and educator; his mother, a nurse, [3] and his father's name was Ralph H. Kiyosaki (1919-1991).[8]

He worked at Standard Oil Company after being trained in the Mercantile Marine, to be able to travel the world and explore emerging markets. He served in the Vietnam War as a Navy officer and helicopter pilot, where he studied troop leadership.[9] Following this, he worked at Xerox in 1977 to learn about sales.[8] He is married to Kim Kiyosaki and since 1994 they reside in Phoenix, Arizona.[10]

Business career[edit]

In 1977, Kiyosaki started a company called "Rippers" that marketed nylon and Velcro wallets.[11] The company eventually went bankrupt and he took a job as a sales associate for Xerox until June 1978.[11]

In 1993, Kiyosaki published his first book, If You Want to Be Rich and Happy, Don't Go To School. In his book, he encouraged parents not to send their children to college and instead to enter the real estate business.[12]

In 1997, Kiyosaki launched Cashflow Technologies, Inc., a holding company that owns and operates the Rich Dad and Cashflow brands.[11][13][14] Kiyosaki created the Cashflow board and software games to educate adults and children about business and financial concepts.[15]

Other business ventures and investments[edit]

Kiyosaki's earlier two businesses (for surfing bags with Velcro fasteners and T-shirts) went bankrupt.[16]

Kiyosaki operates through a number of companies that he owns fully or in part, and through franchisee arrangements with other companies authorized to use his name for a fee.[17] This includes Rich Dad LLC, Whitney Information Network, Rich Dad Education and Rich Dad Academy.[18] The company's main revenues come from franchisees of the Rich Dad seminars that are conducted by independent individuals using Kiyosaki's brand name.[19]

In 2012, Kiyosaki's company "Rich Global LLC" filed for bankruptcy and was ordered to pay nearly $24 million to The Learning Annex and its founder.[20][21]

Business and financial advice[edit]

Kiyosaki has authored more than 26 books including Rich Dad Poor Dad, which has been translated into 51 languages and sold over 41 million copies worldwide.[citation needed] In an interview with CBC, Kiyosaki described his books as an advertisement for his higher-priced seminars.[3]

Kiyosaki's financial and business teachings claims that financial independence can be achieved through passive income.[22][23] He also claims that wealth cannot be achieved from going to school and obtaining a traditional job.[24]

He has been known to advocate for using what he calls "good debt" as leverage to buy financial assets like real estate.[25] Additionally, he is a strong proponent of buying gold and silver, often referring to them as "God's money."[26]

Personal life[edit]

Kiyosaki married his wife Kimberly "Kim" Kiyosaki (née Meyer) in 1986.[27] The couple amicably divorced in 2017.[28]

Kiyosaki is said to have a net worth of around $100 million, primarily derived from his investments and his "Rich Dad Poor Dad" brand.[29] When asked about his net worth, he claimed to be more than $1 billion in debt.[30]


Kiyosaki endorsed and supported Republican candidate Donald Trump for the 2016 presidential elections.[31] Kiyosaki had previously co-authored two books with Trump.[32]


Kiyosaki's advice has been criticized for emphasizing anecdotes and containing nothing in the way of concrete advice on how readers should proceed or work.[33]

In 2006 and 2007, Kiyosaki's Rich Dad seminars continued to promote real estate as a sound investment, just before their prices came crashing down.[34]

In 2010, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation did an exposé on scams that were being perpetuated by Kiyosaki's company in Canada in the guise of seminars.[4] Upon tracking the success claims of "Rich Dad" seminar organizers, they discovered that these claims were not true. Investments in trailers and trailer parks, which were being propagated as "successful" by seminar teachers, were found to actually be barren pieces of land that no one was using. Their Marketplace exposé on his seminars in Canada showed what occurred in $450 seminars through a hidden camera, including Kiyosaki's response to them.[15]

Also in 2010, Allan Roth of CBS News documented what occurred when he attended one of Rich Dad's free seminars and dissected some of the tactics employed.[35]

WTAE-TV, the ABC television station in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, produced another critical segment about him in 2013.[5]

Books authored[edit]

  • Rich Dad Poor Dad – What the Rich Teach Their Kids About Money – That the Poor and Middle Class Do Not! (first published in 1997) Warner Business Books. ISBN 0-446-67745-0.
  • Cashflow Quadrant: Rich Dad's Guide to Financial Freedom (2000). ISBN 0-446-67747-7.
  • Rich Dad's Guide to Investing: What the Rich Invest in, That the Poor and the Middle Class Do Not! (2000). ISBN 0-446-67746-9.
  • The Business School for People Who Like Helping People (March 2001). ISBN 99922-67-42-9 – endorses multi-level marketing
  • Rich Dad's Rich Kid, Smart Kid: Giving Your Children a Financial Headstart (2001). ISBN 0-446-67748-5.
  • Rich Dad's Retire Young, Retire Rich (2002). ISBN 0-446-67843-0.
  • Rich Dad's Prophecy: Why the Biggest Stock Market Crash in History Is Still Coming… and How You Can Prepare Yourself and Profit from It! (2002). Warner Books. ISBN 0-641-62241-4.
  • Rich Dad's The Business School: For People Who Like Helping People (2003) ISBN 979-686-729-X.
  • Rich Dad's Who Took My Money?: Why Slow Investors Lose and Fast Money Wins! (2004) ISBN 0-446-69182-8.
  • Rich Dad, Poor Dad for Teens: The Secrets About Money – That You Don't Learn in School! (2004) ISBN 0-446-69321-9.
  • Rich Dad's Before You Quit Your Job: 10 Real-Life Lessons Every Entrepreneur Should Know About Building a Multimillion-Dollar Business (2005). ISBN 0-446-69637-4.
  • Why We Want You to Be Rich: Two Men, One Message (2006) co-written with Donald Trump ISBN 1-933914-02-5.
  • Rich Dad's Increase Your Financial IQ: Get Smarter with Your Money (2008). ISBN 0-446-50936-1.
  • Rich Dad's Conspiracy of the Rich: The 8 New Rules of Money (2009). ISBN 0-446-55980-6
  • The Real Book of Real Estate: Real Experts. Real Stories. Real Life. (2009) ISBN 1-4587-7250-0.
  • An Unfair Advantage: The Power of Financial Education (2011). ISBN 1-61268-010-0.
  • Midas Touch: Why Some Entrepreneurs Get Rich And Why Most Don't (2011), co-written with Donald Trump ISBN 1-61268-095-X.
  • Why 'A' Students Work for 'C' Students and Why 'B' Students Work for the Government: Rich Dad's Guide to Financial Education for Parents (2013). ISBN 978-1-61268-076-7.
  • The Business of the 21st Century (2010), co-written with John Fleming and Kim Kiyosaki ISBN 81-8322-260-9.
  • Second Chance: for Your Money, Your Life and Our World (2015) ISBN 978-1-61268-046-0
  • 8 Lessons in Military Leadership for Entrepreneurs: How Military Values and Experience Can Shape Business and Life (2015) ISBN 978-1-4915-8387-6
  • Why the Rich are Getting Richer: What is Financial Education...Really? (2017) ISBN 978-1-61268-088-0
  • FAKE: Fake Money, Fake Teachers, Fake Assets: How Lies Are Making the Poor and Middle Class Poorer (2019) ISBN 978-1-61268-084-2
  • Who Stole My Pension?: How You Can Stop The Looting (2020) ISBN 978-1-61268-103-0
  • Capitalist Manifesto (2021) ISBN 978-161268-114-6
  • Ravens: How To Prepare For And Profit From The Turbulent Times Ahead (2023) ISBN 978-161268-100-9


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