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Rich Dad Poor Dad
The story of Rich Dad Poor Dad as a book is just as fascinating as the true story of Robert Kiyosaki and his youth in his native Hawaii.
Kiyosaki's father – his real father – served as the head of the state's public school system. An educated man with a Ph.D, Robert's dad always preached that "job security was the ticket to financial freedom." But when his Dad lost his position, he had to scramble to make ends meet. Robert soon realized that job security didn't exist – that was the lesson he learned from his poor dad.
His rich dad was the father of one of Robert's young friends. That dad had no more than a high school diploma, but he knew more about entrepreneurialism and finances than anyone Robert had ever met. It was this dad – the rich dad – who became Robert's mentor.
Originally self-published by Kiyosaki, Rich Dad Poor Dad got off to a modest start. But within a year or two, his highly inspirational message of how anyone could educate themselves to take control of their financial destiny began to spread all over the world.
It was in the spring of 2000 when Robert and his wife Kim decided to become publishing partners with Hachette (then Warner Books), and after an appearance on Oprah, the book just skyrocketed to the bestseller lists. It spent close to 7 years on the New York Times Bestseller list.
Over the years, Rich Dad Poor Dad has sold millions of copies all over the world, in dozens of languages and all formats.