Robert and Kim Kiyosaki are Preaching the Rich Dad Lifestyle
September / October, 2011
By Kevin Whipps
Photography By Phyllis Lane
Say the name Robert Kiyosaki to a friend, and there are one of two possible outcomes: The friend shrugs his shoulders and says, "I don't know who that is," or he flips head over heels with excitement and proclaims, "I've read every one of his books! He's amazing!" There really is no in between.
And yet, that doesn't make much sense. Robert is an accomplished author with several published books under his belt, and one with a title so popular it's become a part of America's cultural lexicon. He's worked (and continues to work) with huge names such as Donald Trump, plus he has radio shows, websites and even does a few speaking engagements now and then. So why doesn't everyone know him by name?
Fact is, not everyone has heard of Robert, but almost everybody knows his most famous piece of work, Rich Dad, Poor Dad, which has sold so many copies that it's the No. 1 personal finance book ever produced. Since then, he's gone on to write Cashflow Quadrant, Unfair Advantage: The Power of Financial Education, Rich Dad's Conspiracy of The Rich: The 8 New Rules of Money and written two books with Donald Trump: Why We Want You To Be Rich, and the latest one, Midas Touch: Why Some Entrepreneurs Get Rich — And Why Most Don't. His name may not ring a bell, but it sure does get cash registers to make some noise.
Robert wasn't always successful, though. As the story goes, his biological father was the head of the Hawaiian school system, and well educated. Financially, he did all right, but it seemed like there never was enough money for his father to be happy. Robert's best friend lived down the street, and his dad was quite the contrast in personalities. Although he didn't have a good education under his belt — or a lot of cash — he was always striving to better himself and his family by asking, "How can I afford it?" As Robert watched his biological, "poor" dad and his friend's "rich" dad get older, he saw that the rich dad ended up succeeding in life and becoming financially well off by the time he passed. His poor dad, though, died with nothing much to speak of financially, and lots of regrets to show for it.
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