He claims to have sold 26 million books. ], On page 92, he tells of his “rich dad” keeping him waiting for long periods—when he was nine years old!! At first, he claimed to own his home. On 9/4/08, the Arizona Republic newspaper carried a story that said Kiyosaki had paid an undisclosed sum to Lechter to settle the suit. The Fool has a disclosure policy. Robert Kiyosaki, the financial expert and author of the famous book “Rich Dad, Poor Dad,” has come out to criticize billionaire investor Warren Buffett over the latter’s take on crypto. You'll find nothing in the way of "buy here, sell there," advice that is common on TMF, for example. OK. If you’re … On 1/14/02, a reader told me Kiyosaki was more forthcoming about his wealth at http://www.thestreet.com/funds/meetthestreet/10006507.html. Which brings me to Robert Kiyosaki, best-selling author of the book Rich Dad, Poor Dad and king of a vast self-help empire. It would be interesting for 20/20 or a similar program to give $1,000 to Kiyosaki himself and let he himself show how to turn it into a profit using some method open to his readers. (p. 215). In fact, Kiyosaki is spouting nonsense. Their aptness is self-provided. You can get good results from bad decisions, e.g., a winning lottery ticket; and vice versa, e.g., attempting a 25-yard field goal that goes wide right when you are down by two points with three seconds left in the game.). Can the ordinary person get rich? More about that later.) He implies he has money. For example, Kiyosaki’s fear-and-greed advice (see below) is an age-old Wall Street cliché about securities prices. It would be a bit of an understatement to say that Fuller was not an eighth-grade dropout who owned convenience stores. In fact, in most periods since World War II, ordinary homeowners have done great return-wise just because they were in the right place at the right time. I thought you might be interested in the following quote, which I feel is particularly apt in describing the power strategy that gurus like Kiyosaki like to follow: "Law 27 - PLAY ON PEOPLE'S NEED TO BELIEVE TO CREATE A CULTLIKE FOLLOWING. In addition to the Fool, I give advice on my radio show, in my daily research report, and in the things I talk about when I make appearances on Fox News. Later in his life, his lack of financial knowledge resulted in him losing nearly everything through some bad investments. ABC 20/20 did a program about Kiyosaki who has now written 18 books. So he would be 83 to 98 now. Colleges are also subject to criticism for letting students spend five or more years getting low-income educations in subjects like philosophy and social work. That's why you need to be very careful. Click here for an email I received along those lines. So which is it—Kiyosaki will not talk about his wealth because he doesn’t want to be sued or he will give figures, locations of his properties, and the nature of his corporations as he does in the Meet the Street interview? One lost all he money. there are three different types of income: earned, portfolio, and passive. Robert Kiyosaki emphasizes six key points through out the book. If my net worth dropped in half in one day, I would be pretty upset about it. In it, Kiyosaki says a number of things that imply he is rich. Indeed, it said he was “reported” to have made that much and all Paul would say in the article was, “That’s a good guess.” In other words, Paul was pointing out to me that it was not he who said he had made all that money. He says these types of income are taxed at 50%, 20%, and 0% respectively. He suggested that Robert ask the father of his next-door playmate, Mike. In October 2002, at the bottom of the bear market, he came out with a book called Rich Dad's Prophecy: Why the Biggest Stock Market Crash in History Is Still Coming ... and How You Can Prepare Yourself and Profit from It!" Rather you put the proceeds from the sale of one rental property into the purchase of another rental property. Nowhere is the expression caveat emptor ("let the buyer beware") more applicable than in the arena of investment advice. He brags about owning a Porsche, Mercedes, Rolex watch, $400 golf club. With regard to his 26 million books, he is not a businessman. I'm sure you've all heard expressions like "walk the talk" or "speak softly and carry a big stick" (the latter made famous by America's 26th president, Teddy Roosevelt). In a recent column on Yahoo! Money and You was a seminar company started by Marshall Thurber, an est graduate. Here it is. The Ascent is The Motley Fool's new personal finance brand devoted to helping you live a richer life. The best advice dished out is a generic "buy income properties.". Plus restaurateurs that I’ve known are very different kinds of people from construction guys. That allows the union to tell the employees that the company is “getting rich on their backs.” That, in turn, causes the employees to vote for the union. What happened to the lawsuit threat? I have grudging respect for this book, but every time someone raves about it, I usually just want to punch them in the face. He is also a radio show host at BizRadio Network. In this post, I summarize and review the bestselling book Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki. If they come up with different answers, it is either because the author was incompetent at communicating his point, or because the book has no point, or because the author deliberately obfuscated the point. In fact, predicting market-wide appreciation in real estate values is impossible to do. But rent-control risk is better dealt with by staying out of multifamily and states that do not have a rent-control preemption in state law. The man was purportedly around 30 to 45 years old in 1955. You can read their story about it at http://abcnews.go.com/2020/story?id=1982669&page=1. He wanted me to recognize his power and desire to have that power for myself one day.” On page 172, he says, “I have found the principles of finding value are the same regardless if it’s real estate, stocks,...or a new spouse...”. Here's How to Step Up Your Retirement Savings, One of the Best-Performing Stocks Since the Downturn Is Just Getting Started, Got $1,000? See my book How to Write, Publish, and Sell Your Own How-To Book for the details on how to do that. Its success has led Kiyosaki to expand his literary and business career into his own company CASH FLOW Technologies, Inc. Rich Dad Poor Dad was written by Robert to be an all in one guide to wealth. I am not ready to anoint her a financial genius. Even Kiyosaki's self-professed real estate acumen is nowhere to be seen when it comes to providing one practical example of how to buy a multi-unit property below market value and turn it into a moneymaker. When I said I didn’t think he was a real-estate guru, they insisted he was. Returns as of 12/19/2020. Since I posted this analysis, a number of Kiyosaki “cult members” have contacted me to denounce me for “missing the point” of Kiyosaki’s book. You may wonder if I just criticize or have I written a better book. I encourage readers in Hawaii to try to research Ralph’s home ownership when Kiyosaki was nine years old (1955) and try to figure out which adjacent or nearby homeowner might have been “Rich Dad.” If we can find a person who fits the description, and he is either a public person or dead, I will publish the identity. Obviously, Kiyosaki has sold 26 million books on the promise that they would help you succeed. One reader said investing in three different regions gives you diversification benefits. He also says he was bankrupt and homeless in 1985. I have always felt that implying you have money was worse than revealing your net worth. Rich Dad Poor Dad is the first and most popular book written by Robert T Kiyosaki. While Kiyosaki’s valid advice is garden variety, some of his more original advice has drawn criticism. Kiyosaki is a salesman and a motivational speaker. If anybody ever figured it out, he would not need to work—for the wealthy or anyone else. Yet somehow, on close inspection, they are just not walking the talk. Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki and found at richdadcoaching.com, is a business coaching & mentoring program. I know approximately what my net worth is. Kiyosaki’s 1992 book has an unusually long acknowledgment section. It is possible to do transactions where there is no tax due at present, like IRC §1031 exchanges, but the tax-free nature of such transactions stems from the fact that you received no income. That requires them to say nothing (amorphousness), but to sound like they are saying something (“the point”). A man who says he has known Kiyosaki since the military in Hawaii says Kiyosaki got his start in the “tell other people how to live their lives” business as a result of taking then becoming a speaker in the Money and You organization. Another compliment readers often pay Kiyosaki is along the lines of, “Well, at least he motivated me.”. Fine. ("You're a loser if you work at a job. They promptly emphasized the Australian and New Zealand markets which have, at times in their history, overvalued products and services from the U.S. Their run in Australia ended when the Australian equivalent of 60 Minutes did an exposé about Money and You. About every third email I get about this analysis tells me that they agree with me that Kiyosaki is short on specifics about how to get rich. It has nothing to do with the product, really. Employees who invest primarily in static asset allocations of low-cost, broadly diversified index mutual funds tend to be especially critical while entrepreneurs and real estate investors tend to be less critical. That’s good, but the book goes on to deliver a pack of lies that make getting rich seem much easier than it really is and make education sound much less valuable than it really is. My Succeeding book tries to get you to always keep in mind the paramount importance of living a balanced life with emphasis on friends and family and doing the things that you find rewarding for reasons other than mere monetary income. I've been a trader, investor, and market analyst for nearly 30 years, and I've made some incredibly bad calls. Some are very low risk. In fact, I discussed the matter of his definitions of assets and liabilities squarely and repeatedly in this review. The main thing in managing an investment is stock picking. Sep 30, 2019, Letter from one of my subscribers On the other hand, I get nervous when I see advice-givers who lack humility. He graduated from Stanford, Chicago, and Northwestern Universities, all on full scholarship, ultimately earning a Ph.D. The highly successful book, the investments of the wealthy are managed well, Laymen think that. If so, they would be as qualified as Joe and Jean homeowner to write a book about it. Kiyosaki’s implying he is wealthy, but refusing to disclose how wealthy, will almost certainly cause would-be litigants and others to overestimate his net worth, thereby increasing the chances of his being sued over what they would be if he were more forthcoming. I had not previously been aware that “educational content and impact” justified lying. “Bob” appears to be the Ralph Kramden (main character of the Honeymooners TV series) of the family, perennially hatching one-hare-brained get-rich-quick scheme after another (like Kiyosaki’s Money and you, velcro surfer wallets, and Rock T-shirt businesses) while his wife invests in basic stuff. They were famous for not letting participants go to the bathroom and for maddeningly vague advice. On 8/15/01, a reader told me Kiyosaki now has the words “Although based on a true story, certain events in this book have been fictionalized for educational content and impact,” in the fine print on the copyright page of Rich Kid Poor Kid. No one could adequately cover all those areas in such a short book. John T. Reed, a critic of Robert Kiyosaki, says, " Rich Dad, Poor Dad contains much wrong advice, much bad advice, some dangerous advice, and virtually no good advice." And some, like Kiyosaki, who are merely married to people who invested in real estate during a bull market, claim that they (the non-investing spouse) are geniuses as a result. My Succeeding book is more similar to the actual subject of Rich Dad. One is people saying that they liked Kiyosaki’s book, but that it caused them some discomfort or second thoughts or unease. He was also an eighth-grade dropout and ultimately a multimillionaire with a bunch of small businesses like construction, restaurants, and convenience stores. In effect, their cryptic obscurity provides a random set of ‘answers’ that the devotee fabricates into something seemingly appropriate and useful.…psychologists count on the amorphousness of Rorschach ink blots to elicit evidence of a person’s core concerns. It lists 111 people, none of whom appears to be “Rich Dad.” That is, none are singled out except for his “Poor Dad” parents, in-laws, business partner, and editors. Only against regional economic downturns and possibly rent control if the buildings are bigger than one family. Apparently, little has happened in the case other than motions to dismiss. He ends that discussion with the sentence, “That is what friends are for.” That is the narrowest, most mercenary definition of friendship I have ever seen. I presume that’s a shameless effort to impress people who are really ignorant about the world of finance. In fact, if a book has a point, multiple readers ought to come up with the same answer when asked what that point is. Look at The Motley Fool, for instance. It was also probably the first non-medical book I had read since I was introduced … The online personal finance community can be pretty critical of Robert Kiyosaki and his Rich Dad, Poor Dad book series. Kiyosaki’s real father (“Poor Dad”) was named Ralph Kiyosaki. What is really going on is a lot of people are schlepping along doing a half-ass job of managing the financial aspects of their lives. What he is saying is that his net worth doubles or halves within 24 hours. I suspect an examination of properties he or his wife owned will show that he earned that same returns as local homeowners and that the only thing extraordinary about his purchases is that he had a large amount of book royalties to use to buy them. Kiyosaki developed a father-son relationship with the neighbor. That’s like me telling you I buried $100,000 in your backyard which is yours for the taking. Bogus gurus like to give extremely simple rules. On 7/18/06, I finally got a quote from someone who says I missed the point. Selected emails from visitors to this page. Money and You was reportedly a useful seminar. Kiyosaki is a salesman and a motivational speaker. Furthermore, the vast majority of the book has nothing to do with that point and some of the book contradicts that point, like Kiyosaki bragging about his Rolex. Please read reviews on other sites and you'll see what I mean. What business has Kiyosaki ever made a profit in? He’s still hustling his butt off to sell stuff. Over time, I have received numerous reports that Kiyosaki is primarily a creature of Amway (now Quixtar) and other multi-level marketing organizations. Shortly after Kiyosaki went to mainland U.S. from Hawaii to run away with Thurber’s circus, Thurber decided to shut it down. She may be right. Back in March, and again in July, he trumpeted gold and silver when both metals were near their highs. Both dads have different views about earning money, and Robert had … No. They often say they could not put their finger on what was bothering them—or words to that effect—until they read this analysis. One said that one of the things they love about employers is when they keep earnings secret. Since then, the Dow has risen 60%, and the S&P has risen 73%. In fact, I now lean to believing that there never was a “Rich Dad,” that Kiyosaki made the whole thing up. A bunch of people have told me “Rich Dad” was a now-dead guy named Kim or Kimi. But it is a highly inappropriate criterion for evaluating Kiyosaki’s advice, because he’s not going to let you hang around with him and your family’s finances are serious business. Basically, people want to get rich quick without effort or risk. In the 2/03 Smart Money magazine article, he said his net worth was $35 million. Fool contributor Mike Norman is the founder and publisher of the Economic Contrarian Update and a Fox News business contributor. That’s fine when the subject permits. In some cases, much of what they do is about recruiting other advice-givers, rather than actually honing and giving quality advice. Those come from selling assets at a profit after holding them for a specified number of months. Give me an exact quote and the page number in Rich Dad, Poor Dad where it appears. His market calls have been a contrarian's dream. In the first week of February, 2008, yet another woman told me she “agreed with my saying he is short on specifics,” I said Kiyosaki had made her blind to the statement I made in huge letters (below after this sentence) and she switched subjects to my ungentlemanly behavior in making such a comment. I own 10 rental buildings in Miami, Austin, and Phoenix. Kiyosaki says he is rich, that he “makes millions of dollars,” and is about as high profile about his wealth as you can get about it—best-selling how-to-get-rich books, appearances on TV shows like Oprah, interviews to daily papers and national magazines. These statements are meant to suggest that a person's behavior, surroundings and, indeed, their whole life, should reflect who that individual purports to be. Stock Advisor launched in February of 2002. A book editor unrelated to Kiyosaki used industry statistics to tell me he figures Kiyosaki has netted at least $11 million from his book royalties since 2000. The idea behind Kiyosaki’s title is that his real father was upper middle class. Probably because as A Million Little Pieces author James Frey discovered, it’s a lot easier to be a “best-selling author” with a fictional book labeled non-fiction than with a novel. At the beginning, I said that the advice business is largely a good industry that fills a vital need. The following idea should be getting clearer at this point: Kiyosaki's sole aim is to craft his information in a way that gets you excited and makes you want to buy it, or better yet, sell it for him. Kiyosaki is just the latest in a long line of con men who pander to that fantasy. On April 2017 a 20th Anniversary edition of Rich Dad, Poor Dad was published and in a preface to this 20th Anniversary edition Robert T. Kiyosaki asserts that an estimated 40 million copies of the book had been sold worldwide. Thurber let Kiyosaki and some other speakers take over the business. If you like philosophy and are willing to take a vow of poverty, you ought to study philosophy. Amazing! The risk of regional economic downturns is not great enough to overcome the disadvantages of spreading yourself that thin in terms of travel, personnel, need to learn different laws and markets, etc. I figured out about the book through a network marketing business I was involved with, though that didn’t really end well. I also note that in eight years, this is the only person who thought that was the point of the book. Feb 03, 2017, Wall Street Journal gets in wrong on Trump tax laws If you have money, you get sued.”. Through his vehicle, Cashflow Technologies, Kiyosaki markets dozens of products, from home courses to books to videos to board games (his "Cashflow 101" game sells for $200). He told Meet the Street that he has never been back to Hawaii. Also, educated people live longer, have fewer divorces, better health, and so forth. Yet he won't disclose any details because he doesn't want people to know he has money. Every pertinent study has shown that the more education you have, the higher your net worth and income. I'll be the first to admit it. Here are U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics figures on education that were released on 8/17/07: On the other hand, the public-school system is an easy target for criticism. Gimme a break! No one in his right mind would invest his entire net worth in an investment vehicle that could double or halve in 24 hours. It’s possible Kiyosaki is using the phrase “convenience store” loosely and really means corner groceries, which did exist in the 1950’s. My educated poor dad never had time for games. Although she did not deny that I had pointed out in huge letters that I never said any such thing. "Rich Dad, Poor Dad" Fairy Tale Why Robert Kiyosaki's advice may be worth passing up. The most common favorable comment I get about Kiyosaki from those who generally agree with my analysis is that “At least he got me to think about my finances.” That’s pretty lame. Rich Dad Poor Dad is a modern classic of personal finance and our favorite finance book of all time.Although the book is controversial and often takes criticism, people still believe it’s worth reading. Sharon Lechter, Kiyosaki’s co-author of Rich Dad, Poor Dad, sued him in Clark County, NV (Civil Case #07-A-549886-C). It's a shame there's people out there who scam others. It is “dedicated to Ralph H. Kiyosaki, former Superintendent of Education, State of Hawaii, the best teacher I ever had.” This would be “Poor Dad.” But Rich Dad Poor Dad, which came out in 1997, says quite emphatically that Rich Dad was the best teacher he ever had. After you found out it was a lie, would you think I was a great guy for having thus motivated you to get all that healthy exercise? Here Are 3 Stocks to Consider Buying Right Now, Here's What Investors Need to Know About Pfizer and BioNTech's Vaccine Launch, Copyright, Trademark and Patent Information. “Getch yer programs right here! They are correct for my edition, which says published by TechPress, Inc. and has 1997 and 1998 copyrights. Let me get this straight. I tell my readers not to do that because such names encourage lawsuits. He said I should read the article in the Wall Street Journal carefully. It is generally run by union bureaucrats who graduated at the bottom of their college classes. Gold and silver both pay you nothing. If Kiyosaki claims to be a competent real estate investor, he needs to show addresses of properties he bought that reveal greater returns on those properties than were earned on similar properties at the same time by persons who claim no extraordinary expertise. Become the focal point of such desire by offering them a cause, a new faith to follow. (Think about it. See my books Aggressive Tax Avoidance for Real Estate Investors and How to Do a Delayed Exchange. Formal education is a waste of time if you want to get rich. If I had been asked to participate in such a challenge, I would have said I have no expertise in telling anyone how to make a profit with $1,000 in 20 days. It has been several years since I first said this and I have yet to get my first quote of “the point.”. No question. You know why that is? A similar argument helps clarify why inane I Ching sayings or ambiguous horoscopes seem to many to be so apt. When I first discovered Rich Dad, Poor Dad, I was well into the last year of my residency.I couldn’t put it down, and I’m not exaggerating when I say that it completely changed my life. Since I posted this item with huge letters saying I did not say he was short on specifics, the quantity of emails I get “agreeing” with me that he was short on specifics is unabated. Est was a notorious seminar company in northern California run by Werner Erhard. It contains many factual errors and numerous extremely unlikely accounts of events that supposedly occurred. Rich Dad, Poor Dad is one of the dumbest financial advice books I have ever read. The federal income tax rates on earned income, passive income, and portfolio income are the same—not 50%—but your overall rate can get to that level when you add state income taxes. The only income that is taxed at a 0% rate are special things like municipal bonds and gains of less than $250,000 per spouse from the sale of certain personal residences. Rich Dad Poor Dad slaps them up side the head and tells them to clean up their acts. ), Sometimes, he doesn't even bother to check his facts. Kiyosaki slogans like “Don’t work for money. Some readers have said that if I am going to criticize Kiyosaki’s book, I must offer a version of how to better yourself that does not have the flaws of Rich Dad Poor Dad. What must he be invested in to enable his net worth to double or halve in 24 hours? Market data powered by FactSet and Web Financial Group. Ya can’t keep track of Kiyosaki’s best teacher he ever had without a program!”. Would that motivate you? column, Kiyosaki now says the best teacher he ever had was Buckminster Fuller. Actually, I believe I have the only books on absentee management: How To Manage Residential Property For Maximum Cash Flow and Resale Value and absentee purchasing: Checklists for Buying Rental Houses and Apartment Buildings. Incredibly, Kiyosaki throws in crude, gasoline, and other energy contracts as a mere afterthought. His lack of understanding about money and how it worked is the reason why I call him my poor dad. John T. Reed writes: Rich Dad, Poor Dad is one of the dumbest financial advice books I have ever read. I am not a politician. 199A deduction for real estate investors His restaurant went out of business. The wealthy kids had newer toys and refused to invite Kiyosaki and his friend to parties, telling Kiyosaki it was because they were “poor kids.” Sounds like he was scarred deeply by that humiliation and has lived his whole life since trying to prove to some rude nine-year olds from the 1950s that he now has the money to be worthy of their party invitations. Robert Kiyosaki, the author, has two dads – one rich and one poor, although the rich dad is not his, but his friend’s dad. I enjoyed the book. 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