Rich Dad Poor Dad

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Rich Dad Poor Dad
Author Robert Kiyosaki
Sharon Lechter
Country USA
Language English
Series Rich Dad Series
Genre Self-help, personal finance, entrepreneurship, business, investing
Publisher Warner Books Ed
Publication date
April 1, 2000
Media type Hardback and paperback
Pages 207
ISBN 0-446-67745-0
OCLC 43946801
Dewey Decimal 332.024 22
LC Class HG179 .K565 2000

Rich Dad Poor Dad is a book by Robert Kiyosaki. It advocates financial independence and building wealth through investing, real estate investing, starting and owning businesses, as well as increasing one's financial intelligence. Rich Dad Poor Dad is written in the style of a set of parables, ostensibly based on Kiyosaki's life.[1] Kiyosaki stresses the ownership of high value assets that produces cash flow, rather than being an employee in the book.


The book is largely based on Kiyosaki's upbringing and education in Hawaii. It highlights the different attitudes to money, work and life of two men (i.e. his titular "rich dad" and "poor dad"), and how they in turn influenced key decisions in Kiyosaki's life.

Among some of the book's topics are:

  • Robert Kiyosaki's personal story
  • The difference between assets and liabilities
  • What the rich teach their kids about money that the poor and middle class do not
  • The idea that your primary residence is not an asset, but a liability
  • The value of financial intelligence and financial literacy
  • The importance of investing and entrepreneurship

Kiyosaki advocated his former mentor and American futurist, Dr. Buckminster Fuller's views on wealth, that wealth is measured by the number of days the income from your assets can sustain you, and financial independence is achieved when your monthly income from assets exceeds your monthly expenses.


Rich Dad Poor Dad has sold over 26 million copies and received positive reviews from some critics.[2] Oprah Winfrey endorsed the book on her show. Another celebrity supporter is Will Smith, who said he is teaching his son about financial responsibility by reading the book.[3]

John T. Reed, a critic of Robert Kiyosaki, says, "Rich Dad, Poor Dad contains much wrong advice, much bad advice, some dangerous advice, and virtually no good advice." He also states, "Rich Dad, Poor Dad is one of the dumbest financial advice books I have ever read. It contains many factual errors and numerous extremely unlikely accounts of events that supposedly occurred."[4] Kiyosaki provided a rebuttal to some of Reed's statements.[5] Slate reviewer Rob Walker called the book full of nonsense, and said that Kiyosaki's claims were often vague, the narrative "fablelike", and that much of the book was "self-help boilerplate", noting the predictable common features of such books were present in Rich Dad, Poor Dad. He also criticizes Kiyosaki's conclusions about Americans, American culture, and Kiyosaki's methods.[1]

Rich Global LLC Bankruptcy[edit]

On August 20, 2012, one of Kiyosaki's companies, Rich Global LLC, filed for bankruptcy in Wyoming Bankruptcy Court.[6] The move followed a ruling by a U.S. District Court jury that former business partners of Kiyosaki were entitled to $23,687,957.21 of the profits from events they helped to set up for Kiyosaki including a 2002 appearance at New York's Madison Square Garden. A spokesman for Kiyosaki asserted that the amount of the award exceeded the value of Rich Global LLC and that Kiyosaki had no intention of using his personal assets to meet the judgement.[7]

Definition of assets[edit]

One statement made throughout the book was the cause of both criticism and praise in the media. In the book, Kiyosaki claims that an individual's house is not an asset, although banks permit people to list it as such. He says a house is a liability. His definition of assets and liabilities is somewhat simplistic: "During hard times assets feed you, and liabilities eat you". Kiyosaki was indicating that liabilities are, by definition, "...anything that takes money out of your pocket," while assets, are " that bring money into your pocket." Therefore a house that costs you money is a liability, and a rental property that produces positive cash flow income is considered to be an asset. A profitable business is also an asset, while a business that loses money is considered a liability.[8]

Publishing success[edit]

The book was originally self-published in 1997 before being picked up commercially to become a NY-Times bestseller, the book has sold 26 million copies and has become a household name.[9] In his audiobook Choose to be Rich, Kiyosaki said that every publisher turned him down, and Barnes & Noble refused to stock the book initially. He places his focus upon talk shows and radio show appearances, which had the biggest influence on book sales.[10]


A mobile app version of Rich Dad Poor Dad was developed by Torn Screen Entertainment in 2014.



  • Rich Dad Poor Dad: What the Rich Teach Their Kids About Money That the Poor and Middle Class Do Not!, by Robert Kiyosaki and Sharon Lechter. Warner Business Books, 2000. ISBN 0-446-67745-0

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