Sharon Lechter

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Sharon L. Lechter
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Born (1954-01-12) January 12, 1954 (age 65)
Alma materFlorida State University
OccupationCPA, author, businesswoman
Spouse(s)Michael Lechter

Sharon L. Lechter (born January 12, 1954) is an American accountant, author, and businesswoman. She is the co-author of Rich dad poor dad, and the founder CEO of Pay Your Family First, a financial education organization.[1]

In January 2008, Lechter was appointed to the President's Advisory Council on Financial Literacy[2] to serve a two-year term.

In 1997 Lechter co-authored the book Rich Dad Poor Dad, along with 14 other books in the Rich Dad series and was CEO of the Rich Dad company for over 10 years. In 2008 she was asked by the Napoleon Hill Foundation to join a new book project. Her books, Think and Grow Rich-Three Feet from Gold and Outwitting the Devil were both written in cooperation with the Napoleon Hill Foundation.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

Lechter graduated from Florida State University with an Accounting degree.[citation needed] She worked for a short while with a small accounting firm called "Big Eight". In the 1980s, Lechter and her husband Michael met Robert Kiyosaki and together formed the Rich Dad companies. Lechter claims to have held various management positions with unnamed computer, insurance and publishing companies while maintaining her credentials as a professional CPA. She met her husband Michael Lechter in 1980.[citation needed]

Pay Your Family First[edit]

In 2007 Lechter created "a company dedicated to empowering children and families to build prosperous futures through financial literacy education."[3]

ThriveTime for Teens is a board game under the Pay Your Family First company. The game is designed to teach teenage children financial skills by placing them in real life money and life decisions such as buying a car, giving to charity, using credit cards, buying or starting a business and more. Players have 15 game-time hours per game week of "BIZtime" in which they must decide what new activities or part-time work they will engage in. Players advance through the game with "Thrive Score."[4] Thrive Score increases by making financially good decisions and decreases with bad ones. Players receive game sheets[5] with income, expenditures, assets and liabilities to total their progress.

Three Feet from Gold[edit]

On October 6, 2009, Lechter's published Think and Grow Rich: Three Feet from Gold. The narrative follows the story of a young writer who interviews many of today's business leaders and other influential figures about the importance of persistence in obtaining your goals. The book advocates finding your own Success Formula,[6] choosing good counsel and above all: never giving up.

Rich Dad Series[edit]

Warner Bros./Hachette Publishing - Sharon Lechter as co-author with Robert Kiyosaki

  • Rich Dad, Poor Dad (1997)
  • Rich Dad's CASHFLOW Quadrant (1998)
  • Rich Dad's Guide to Investing (2000)
  • Rich Dad's Rich Kid Smart Kid (2001)
  • Rich Dad's Retire Young Retire Rich (2001)
  • Rich Dad's Prophecy (2002)
  • Rich Dad's Success Stories (2003)
  • Rich Dad's Guide to Becoming Rich Without Cutting Up Your Credit Cards (2003)
  • Rich Dad's Who Took My Money (2004)
  • Rich Dad's Before You Quit Your Job (2005)

Sharon Lechter as author with co-author Garrett Sutton

  • Rich Dad's Real Estate Advantages (2006)

Little Brown/Hachette Publishing - Sharon Lechter as co-author with Robert Kiyosaki

  • Rich Dad Poor Dad for Teens (2004)
  • Escape the Rat Race (2005)

VideoPlus - Sharon Lechter as co-author with Robert Kiyosaki

  • The Business School For People Who Like Helping People (2001)

Rich Publishing - Donald Trump and Robert Kiyosaki with Sharon Lechter and Meredith McIver as co-authors

Rich Dad Advisor Series[edit]

Warner Bros./Hachette

  • Sales Dogs (2001)
  • Own Your Own Corporation (2001)
  • Protecting Your #1 Asset (2001)
  • How to Buy and Sell a Business (2003)
  • OPM – Other People's Money (2004)
  • The ABC's of Real Estate Investing (2004)
  • The ABC's of Getting Out of Debt (2004)
  • The ABC's of Writing Winning Business Plans (2005)
  • The ABC's of Building a Business Team That Wins (2006)


On October 12, 2007, Lechter filed suit against Rich Dad, Poor Dad co-author Robert Kiyosaki in Clark County, NV (Civil Case # 07-A-549886-C). On September 4, 2008 the Lechters and Kiyosakis reached a settlement in their lawsuit.[7]

Financial Literacy[edit]

In January, 2008, Lechter was appointed to the President's Council on Financial Literacy[8] in a ceremony held in the Roosevelt room at the White House in Washington, D.C.

Lechter and the council, composed of 19 members from the business, faith and non-profit communities work to shape the course for a financially literate nation. The council is charged to gather information about financial literacy and its condition in the U.S., recommend improvements to national policies to the President and the Treasury secretary and "assist the American people in understanding and addressing financial matters."[9]

“We want people to own assets; we want people to be able to manage their assets,” said President Bush in his remarks. “We want people to understand basic financial concepts, and how credit cards work and how credit scores affect you, how you can benefit from a savings account or a bank account. That's what we want. And this group of citizens has taken the lead, and I thank them.”[10]


  • Woman of the Year (2013)- National Bank of Arizona honored Sharon with this award [11]
  • Positively Powerful Woman Award for Philanthropic Leadership (2012) [12]
  • 2016 Edgewater High School Hall of Fame. (Class of 1972)[13]


  1. ^
  2. ^ Treasury Web site link to President's Council Archived 2008-07-25 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ About Pay Your Family First
  4. ^ About ThriveTime for Teens Archived 2009-11-09 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ ThriveTime game sheets Archived 2009-11-09 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ Amazon editorial review of Three Feet from Gold
  7. ^ The Arizona Republic - 'Rich Dad' partners settle, call it quits
  8. ^ Personnel Announcement
  9. ^ Executive Order: Establishing the President's Advisory Council on Financial Literacy
  10. ^ President Bush Announces President's Advisory Council on Financial Literacy
  11. ^
  12. ^ "Sharon Lechter, Financial Literacy Guru Says "Pay Your Family First!" | Positively Powerful Insights". 2012-06-02. Archived from the original on 2014-11-29. Retrieved 2014-07-29.
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