Rich Dad Poor Dad

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

Rich Dad Poor Dad is a 1997 book written by Robert Kiyosaki and Sharon Lechter. It advocates the importance of financial independence and building wealth through investing, real estate investing, starting and owning businesses, as well as increasing one's financial intelligence to improve one's business and financial aptitude. Rich Dad Poor Dad is written in the style of a set of parables, ostensibly based on Kiyosaki's life.[1]


The book is largely based on Kiyosaki's childhood upbringing and education in Hawaii. It highlights the different attitudes toward 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, upbringing, and his business and investment ventures throughout his early adult life and into the late 1990s.
  • Differentiation 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
  • How stronger business and financial skills, aptitude, and experience play a role in one's financial success
  • The vitality of entrepreneurial and investment skills are both necessary and useful traits to prosper in a capitalistic society
  • The importance of investing and entrepreneurship in taking control of one's financial future

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[1][2][3], and financial independence is achieved when your monthly income from assets exceeds your monthly expenses.


Praise and support[edit]

Rich Dad Poor Dad has sold over 26 million copies and received positive reviews from some critics.[2] American talk show host and media mogul Oprah Winfrey endorsed the book on her show. Another celebrity supporter is actor Will Smith, who said he is teaching his son about financial responsibility by reading the book.[3]President Donald Trump has read and praised the book and compared the book to his book Trump: The Art of the Deal, which served as an inspirational book to Kiyosaki.[4] Trump later did a literary collaboration with Kiyosaki in 2006 called Why We Want You To Be Rich, Two Men One Message and a second book called "Midas Touch: Why Some Entrepreneurs Get Rich-And Why Most Don't" in 2011.[5] American fashion entrepreneur and investor Daymond John has called the book one of his favorites.[6] American rapper Big K.R.I.T. made a song called "Rich Dad Poor Dad" though it had no connection to the book.[7]


John T. Reed, a critic of Robert Kiyosaki, says, This is true advice.. "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."[8] Kiyosaki provided a rebuttal to some of Reed's statements.[9] 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]

Publishing success[edit]

The book was originally self-published in 1997 before being picked up commercially to become a New York Times bestseller. It has since sold 26 million copies and become a household name.[10] 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, of which The Oprah Winfrey Show had the biggest influence on book sales.[11]


  1. ^ a b Walker, Rob. "If I Were a Rich Dad" in Slate, June 20, 2002.
  2. ^ "Rich Dad, Poor Dad Review - Revisited Ten Years Later". Investor Junkie. Retrieved 24 January 2016. 
  3. ^ Will Smith on making his kids read Rich Dad Poor Dad. 24 September 2010. Retrieved 24 January 2016 – via YouTube. 
  4. ^ Rago, Joseph Trump by Those Who Know Him Best Wall Street Journal. September 12, 2016
  5. ^ Susanna Kim (Oct 12, 2012). "'Rich Dad, Poor Dad' Author Files for Bankruptcy for His Company". ABC News. Retrieved 31 May 2014. 
  6. ^ "The Making of FUBU — An Interview with Daymond John". Tim Ferriss. Retrieved 31 May 2014. 
  7. ^ "Video: Big K.R.I.T. Explains the "Rich Dad Poor Dad" Video". Retrieved 31 May 2014. 
  8. ^ "Spare us the finance evangelists and their false profits". Sydney Morning Herald. June 4, 2004. Retrieved 2009-06-18. 
  9. ^ Robert Kiyosaki. "Robert Kiyosaki's Public Response to John T. Reed's Review of "Rich Dad Poor Dad"". Retrieved 2011-12-01. 
  10. ^ "GURUSPEAK : Robert Kiyosaki". The Financial Express. Retrieved 24 January 2016. 
  11. ^ Choose to be Rich, Audiobook ASIN: B000CSXWXW


  • 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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