Rhonda Byrne

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Rhonda Byrne
BornRhonda Izon
(1951-03-12) 12 March 1951 (age 70)
Melbourne, Australia
OccupationWriter, producer
Notable works

Rhonda Byrne (/bɜːrn/ BURN; née Izon; born 1951, Melbourne, Australia) is an Australian television writer and producer. Her New Thought book The Secret (based on a film she produced of the same name) is based on the law of attraction. She wrote several sequels to the book, including The Power, The Magic and Hero, as well as other books that relate to The Secret.

Life before The Secret[edit]

Byrne was born in 1951, Melbourne, Australia, to parents Ronald and Irene Izon. She worked as an executive producer for television, with credits including Oz Encounters: UFO's in Australia (1997), Sensing Murder: Easy Street (2003), Loves Me, Loves Me Not (2003), and The World's Greatest Commercials (1995 - 2004).[1]

After the death of her father in 2004, Byrne became very depressed. At the instigation of her daughter Hayley, she read The Science of Getting Rich (1910) by Wallace D. Wattles.[2] She discovered positive thinking, the laws of attraction, and how to find further success in life. Hence, she started doing research on the subject and the project of The Secret was born.

The Secret[edit]

According to Byrne's research, she claims that all great men in history knew about the Law of attraction (New Thought), suggesting Abraham Lincoln, Ludwig van Beethoven, Winston Churchill and others. Furthering her research, she found current proponents of the laws of attraction include author Jack Canfield, entrepreneur John Assaraf, visionary Michael Beckwith, John Demartini, Bob Proctor, James Arthur Ray, Joseph Vitale, Lisa Nichols, Marie Diamond, and John Gray.[3]

Byrne found success with both the DVD and the book of The Secret. The Secret was published in 2006, and by the spring of 2007 had sold more than 19 million copies in more than 40 languages,[4] and more than two million DVDs.[5] The Secret book and film have grossed $300 million.[6]

In 2007 Byrne was featured in Time Magazine's TIME 100: The Most Influential People, which is a list of 100 people who shape the world every year. Since 2010, she has been featured in Watkins Mind Body Spirit magazine's annual list of The 100 Most Spiritually Influential Living People. She gained mainstream popularity and commercial success after appearing on The Oprah Winfrey Show.[5]


Byrne was inspired to write a sequel to The Secret called The Power after answering several thousand letters from readers of The Secret.[7] On 17 August 2010 The Power was published as both a hardcover edition and audio CD.[8] In 2012 she published a third book called The Magic.

Additional works[edit]

More of her published works include Hero [2013], How The Secret Changed My Life [2016] and The Greatest Secret [2020]; Byrne has a website dedicated to The Secret, www.thesecret.tv. [9]


  1. ^ "Rhonda Byrne". IMDb.com.
  2. ^ "Rhonda Byrne". NNDb.com.
  3. ^ Herriot, Drw (2006). "The Secret". Netflix.com.
  4. ^ Simons, Christopher F. Chabris and Daniel J. "The Pseudoscience of 'The Secret' and 'The Power'". Nytimes.com. Retrieved 16 August 2018.
  5. ^ a b Canfield, Jack (3 May 2007). "The 2007 TIME 100 - TIME". Time.com. Archived from the original on 5 May 2007. Retrieved 16 August 2018.
  6. ^ Lindner, Melanie. "What People Are Still Willing To Pay For". Forbes.com. Retrieved 16 August 2018.
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 21 July 2010. Retrieved 21 September 2018.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  8. ^ Bosman, Julie. "'Secret' Author To Reveal More Insights In 'Power'". Nytimes.com. Retrieved 16 August 2018.
  9. ^ Bosman, Julie. "'Secret' Author To Reveal More Insights In 'Power'". Nytimes.com. Retrieved 16 August 2018.

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