Chris Guillebeau

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Chris Guillebeau
Chris Guillebeau in sepia.jpg
Born (1978-04-04) April 4, 1978 (age 42)
OccupationBlogger, Author
NationalityUnited States
CitizenshipUnited States
EducationInternational Studies
Alma materAthens State University
University of Washington
SubjectEntrepreneurship, Travel
Notable worksThe Art of Non-Conformity, The $100 Startup
SpouseJolie Guillebeau

Chris Guillebeau is an American nonfiction author, blogger and speaker. He is best known for The Art of Non-Conformity blog and book. He has also written guides for travel and small business topics under the brand Unconventional Guides. He organizes the annual World Domination Summit in Portland, Oregon.[1]

The Art of Non-Conformity blog discusses entrepreneurship, travel, and personal development topics; its traffic grew substantially after the online publication of A Brief Guide to World Domination in 2008. The site has an Alexa ranking of under 200,000[2] and is among the top 100,000 most visited sites in the United States.

Early and personal life[edit]

Guillebeau is a graduate of Athens State University and the University of Washington. He volunteered with Mercy Ships, a medical charity, in West Africa from 2002-2006. He cites that experience as a pivotal point in his life that led him to his quest to do community service and fundraising, topics featured in his writing.

Guillebeau lives in Portland with his wife, Jolie. He spent years working to travel to every country in the world by age 35.[3] On April 4, 2013, he visited the final country in his journey to visit all 193 countries, although his visit to Eritrea consisted of nothing more than time in Asmara International Airport[4] and his visit to North Korea consisted of visiting the negotiation hut in the DMZ between North and South Korea.[5] The last country was Norway where he held a party.[6][7][8]


Guillebeau published The Art of Non-Conformity following the success of the blog. Guillebeau has stated that all proceeds from the book will be donated to Charity:Water.[9] From September 2010 to January 2011, Guillebeau stopped in 63 cities from among every US state and Canadian province to promote the book.[10]

Guillebeau's second book, The $100 Startup: Reinvent the Way You Make a Living, Do What You Love, and Create a New Future, was released on May 8, 2012.[11] It reached #6 in its respective category on the New York Times' bestseller list.[12]

Guillebeau released his third book, The Happiness of Pursuit, on September 9, 2014. His fourth book, Born For This, was released on April 5, 2016.[13]

He also maintains a blog at Anderson Cooper 360.[14] and has written for Business Week.[15]


Guillebeau has released five books thus far.[16]

Title Publication Date Pages Publisher Notes
The Art of Non-Conformity September 7, 2010 256 Penguin Group
The $100 Startup May 8, 2012 304 Crown Business
The Happiness of Pursuit September 9, 2014 306 Harmony Books
Born For This April 5, 2016 320 Crown Business
Side Hustle: From idea to income in 27 days September 19, 2017 258 Pan Macmillan Start of a new website and the 100 cities in a year challenge.


  1. ^ "World Domination Summit FAQ". Chris Guillebeau. 2013.
  2. ^ " Traffic, Demographics and Competitors - Alexa". Retrieved 2019-04-25.
  3. ^ "The Best Travelled - UN Master List" Archived 2016-02-21 at the Wayback Machine, The Best Travelled Retrieved 21 February 2016
  4. ^ "Upon Being Deported from Eritrea : The Art of Non-Conformity". Retrieved 2019-04-25.
  5. ^ "Visit to North Korea (Sort Of) : The Art of Non-Conformity". Retrieved 2019-04-25.
  6. ^ RAYMOND, JOAN (April 20, 2009). "FREQUENT FLIER: A Plan to See Every Country on Earth by the Age of 35". The New York Times. Retrieved 8 January 2013.
  7. ^ Behan, Rosemary (Oct 8, 2011). "The Practical Traveller's fantastical five-year plan". Retrieved 8 January 2013.
  8. ^ "Special Broadcast from the End of the World : The Art of Non-Conformity". Retrieved 2016-01-11.
  9. ^ "#1 on the AONC Bestseller List : The Art of Non-Conformity". Retrieved 2019-04-25.
  10. ^ "The Unconventional Book Tour". Retrieved 2019-04-25.
  11. ^ Ellsberg, Michael (6/04/2012). "The $100 Higher Education: Chris Guillebeau on Inexpensive Startups as Real-World Education". Retrieved 8 January 2013. Check date values in: |date= (help)
  12. ^ NYT Bestseller List [1] accessed 30 April 2013
  13. ^ "Born For This by Chris Guillebeau |". Retrieved 2016-01-11.
  14. ^ "Chris Guillebeau". Retrieved 2019-04-25.
  15. ^ "Chris Guillebeau - Businessweek". 2014-03-10. Archived from the original on 2014-03-10. Retrieved 2019-04-25.
  16. ^ " Chris Guillebeau: Books, Biography, Blog, Audiobooks, Kindle". Retrieved 2016-01-11.

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