Dr. Farrah Gray Profile

Entrepreneur and social activist Dr. Farrah Gray went from public assistance to self-made millionaire by the age of fourteen. Dr. Gray dispels fallacies about success and how to achieve it while rallying people to take on poverty and violence as a community. He is the author of Reallionaire which chronicles his complicated rise to wealth. The best-seller has been endorsed by Former President Bill Clinton, Pierre Sutton, Stedman Graham, Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen, and is required reading from some elementary classrooms to university business courses at Harvard and Princeton.

At age six, Dr. Gray started selling painted rocks and homemade lotions door-to-door in an effort to help his mother and their struggling inner Chicago family. At the age of eight, he co-founded the Urban Neighborhood Enterprise Economic Club in Chicago’s south side as the forerunner of the New Early Entrepreneur Wonders organization that he subsequently opened on Wall Street in New York City. The organization enlists, educates, and engages “at-risk” youth by creating and developing legal ways for them to acquire additional income. Dr. Gray raised $15,000 to start businesses by using asking for donations via a five-person policy: if the first person said no, he asked that person to introduce him to five people who might say yes.

By age 12 he’d moved to Las Vegas where he became a co-host for a local show called “Backstage Live.” This opened up the door to speaking opportunities, which brought in assets that Dr. Gray used to start a food company inspired by his grandmother’s cooking. He made his first million dollars by the age of 14.

Dr. Gray uses proceeds from his speaking engagements to fund his non-profit foundation The Dr. Farrah Gray Foundation, which helps develop entrepreneurial skills in inner city youth. It also offers grants and scholarships for at-risk young people to attend Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

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    Farrah Gray has generated more than 20 billion online impressions. Gray was named as one of the most influential Black men in America by the National Urban League. Ebony Magazine and Black Enterprise recognized him as an entrepreneurial icon and best-selling author. Raised in the impoverished Southside of Chicago, Gray defied the odds and became a self-made millionaire by the age of 14. At the age of 21, he was a recipient of an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters degree from Allen University. This was in recognition of his ingenious economic mind and distinguished commitment to the development of values such as leadership, integrity, and scholarship. In his rise from poverty to national and international prominence, Farrah Gray has inspired millions around the world. At the age of 36, he has achieved more than many achieve in a lifetime.

    Since his first interview at 11 years old on KVBC Channel 3, Gray has become a celebrity, featured and quoted in thousands of print, magazine, radio, and television media outlets including 20/20, Good Morning America, ABC World News Tonight, Oprah & Friends, Radio One, TV One, CNBC, BET, NBC, FOX, CBS, BRAVO, PBS, We TV, NPR, Bloomberg, Forbes, Inc Magazine, Entrepreneur Magazine, People, Ebony, Jet, Essence, Upscale, Black Enterprise, Black MBA, “O” The Oprah Magazine, New York Times, New York Post, Huffington Post, Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Time, Publishers Weekly and many more. He was also an award-winning syndicated columnist with the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) federation of 200 weekly newspapers reaching more than 15 million readers. Farrah Gray began his entrepreneurial, personal, and civic development at six years old selling homemade body lotion and his own hand-painted rocks as bookends door-to-door. At age seven, he was carrying business cards reading “21st Century CEO.” At eight, Gray became the co-founder of Urban Neighborhood Enterprise Economic Club (U.N.E.E.C.) on Chicago’s South side.

    U.N.E.E.C. was the forerunner of New Early Entrepreneur Wonders (NE2W), the flagship organization he opened on Wall Street. NE2W enlisted, educated, and engaged ‘at-risk’ youth by creating and developing legal ways for them to acquire additional income. Gray is the youngest person to have an office on Wall Street.

    Between the age of 12 and 16 years old, Farrah Gray founded and operated business ventures that included KIDZTEL pre-paid phone cards, the One-Stop Mailboxes & for More franchise, and The Teenscope “Youth AM/FM” Interactive Teen Talk Show, Gray was also Executive Producer of a comedy show on the Las Vegas Strip and owner of Farr-Out Foods, “Way-Out Food with a Twist,” aimed at young people with the company’s first Strawberry-Vanilla syrup product. Farr-Out Foods generated orders exceeding $1.5 million. He has been a numismatist, which is a coin collector since he was 12 years old. As a pre-teen, Gray reached 12 million listeners and viewers every Saturday night as co-host of “Backstage Live,” a syndicated television and radio simulcast in Las Vegas. Gray’s inspirational spirit and grounded personality sparked speaking requests from organizations around the country. Farrah Gray’s sense of social responsibility motivated him to create the non-profit organization, The Farrah Gray Foundation. Among other programs and initiatives, his foundation focuses on inner-city community-based entrepreneurship education and provided scholarship and grant assistance for students from ‘at-risk’ backgrounds to attend HBCU’s (Historically Black Colleges and Universities). The Farrah Gray Foundation has partnered with the Kauffman Foundation, which launched entrepreneurship programs in inner-city schools across the country.

    Farrah Gray’s work did not remain under the radar-screen for long. He soon then became the youngest member of the Board of Advisors for the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce. He was also given a three-year term on the Board of Directors of United Way of Southern Nevada at the age of 15. Farrah Gray’s continued his philanthropic work signing on as the spokesman for the National Coalition for the Homeless and the National Marrow Donor Program.

    Gray’s books and his journey to succeed against the odds have become required reading and part of classroom study from elementary school to entrepreneurship departments on college and university campuses such as Harvard University and Princeton. Gray’s books, “Reallionaire,” “Get Real Get Rich,” “The Truth Shall Make You Rich,” “Comfort is the Enemy of Achievement,” and “Strong Women Only Intimidate Weak Men” have been translated into Russian, German, Polish, French, Korean, Indonesian, Chinese Simplified, and Vietnamese languages with book sales in Africa, Australia, and Europe, and Central and South American countries.

    Gray is also a contributing author to “Chicken Soup for the African-American Soul,” “Chicken Soup for the Extraordinary Teen Soul”, “You’ve Got to Read This Book” Gray has also been featured in “Put Your Dreams to The Test” By John C. Maxwell and “The Covenant to Black America” Part 1 & 2. Gray’s books combined have sold or have been downloaded by 2 million readers globally.

    Farrah Gray’s honors include Keys to the Cities of Dallas, Shreveport, and Cincinnati. He has also received Proclamations from the Governors of Illinois and Nevada, the Mayors of Louisville, Kentucky, Chicago, Las Vegas, New Orleans, and Wilmington, Delaware, and Clark County Nevada Commissioners. Farrah Gray’s Awards include The National Urban League Whitney M. Young Jr. Entrepreneurship Award, The Indiana Black Expo (IBE) Hoosier Lottery Entrepreneur Award, The Alabama A&M Students In Free Enterprise (SIFE) The award, The Davidson College Love of Learning Lifetime Educational Achievement Award, Central State University Award of Appreciation for contributions made in the area of entrepreneurship, The American Red Cross Award of Appreciation and The Prestigious Trumpet Award (Other recipients include such luminaries as Muhammad Ali, Maya Angelou, Ray Charles, President Nelson Mandela, Beyoncé, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and many more.)

    Many of the world’s Fortune 500 corporations sought out his expertise. His clients have included Verizon, Hershey’s corporation, Nissan, Procter & Gamble, JP Morgan Chase, Toyota, The White House, United States Department of Commerce, U.S. Treasury Department, and many more.

    Farrah Gray is now offering his specialized expertise, coaching and mentorship to celebrity personalities, CEOS, every day entrepreneurs and brands on to become 7 figure speakers, international authors and generate millions of dollars in free publicity and followers on social media.

    Farrah Gray Consultancy and Coaching is fluent in the languages of brand elevation, lead generation, and the core consumer. FGCC religiously understands that smart and strategic strong-willed marketing is the epicenter of influence and revenue.

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From Oprah Winfrey to Suze Orman, people have raved about Dr. Farrah Gray’s accomplishments and the “priceless advice” he offers. The inspiring young entrepreneur shows why upholding high standards of leadership and integrity are beneficial to everyone, including those who practice them.

Dr. Farrah Gray has been speaking publicly since he was 10-years old with a myriad of past engagements that include universities, colleges, governmental agencies, professional and nonprofit organizations, executive retreats, conferences, conventions, public and private schools.

Presentation topics include: Leadership, personal development; diversity; strategic planning; creativity; business development; lead generation; financial management; how to get millions of dollars worth of free publicity; how to build a vast social media brand; and become a 7-figure speaker and international author.

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    “I know Farrah Gray and we have discussed his future. His motivation determines what he will do. His attitude determines how well he will succeed at making a difference.”
    -Bill Clinton, Former President of the United States of America

    Farrah Gray Dubbed by Oprah Winfrey as an “all-star” with “priceless advice.”
    O, The Oprah Magazine

    “Farrah Gray is the ultimate American success story. “
    Good Morning America

    “America’s Reallionaire.”
    ABC 20/20

    “We are impressed by your list of accomplishments, your enthusiasm and your optimism.”
    -Bishop T.D. Jakes and First Lady Serita Jakes

    “(Farrah) I can’t imagine where you’ll be 20 years from now I hope your running for office and making this world a better place.”
    -Donny Deutsch, Host of CNBC’s THE BIG IDEA and Chairman, Deutsch, Inc.

    “Gray brings this clear cut frontal perspective to everything he does. His list of accomplishments is truly incredible.”
    -Marc H. Morial President/CEO National Urban League

    “His name is synonymous with success and triumph…and is already considered to be an entrepreneurial icon, business mogul and best selling author.”
    Ebony Magazine

    “You are just the best & the real thing.”
    -Suze Orman, New York Times Bestselling Author

    “Indeed, you are making it happen.”
    -Stedman Graham

    “Farrah Gray: acclaimed entrepreneur shows how to chart your own path to financial freedom.”
    -Jet Magazine

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Books by Dr. Farrah Gray:

    Reallionaire: Nine Steps to Becoming Rich from the Inside Out

    A remarkable teenager who went from public assistance to a million dollar net worth shares his story and offers 9 key principles to success.

    Farrah Gray is no ordinary teenager. He wears a suit and tie; he has an office on Wall Street and another one in Los Angeles . . . and he sold his first business at the age of 14 for more than a million dollars. He invested that money in a partnership with Inner City Broadcasting, one of the most prominent African-American owned businesses in the country, and now is heading the relaunch of their signature magazine, InnerCity. According to People magazine, Farrah is the only African-American teenager to rise from public assistance to a business mogul without being in entertainment or having a family connection.

    Reallionaire tells Farrah′s extraordinary and touching story. When he was just six, Farrah′s mother became seriously ill, prompting his decision to provide for this family, and he spent the first $50 he ever made taking them for a real sit-down dinner. At the age of eight, he founded his first business club. By fourteen, with a million dollars in his pocket, Farrah was well on his way to business success.

    Each stage of Farrah′s progress is marked by one of the principles of success he learned along the way, creating not just an extraordinary story but also a step-by-step primer for others to create success in their own lives with honor; charity and compassion.

    In the tradition of great motivators and leaders, this is both an instructional book and a story to inspire others to live life to the fullest. And readers don′t have to be interested in business to enjoy it. In fact, Farrah is a role model for everyone.

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    Get Real, Get Rich: Conquer the 7 Lies Blocking You from Success

    Raised in the impoverished South Side of Chicago, Farrah Gray defied the odds and became a self-made millionaire by the age of fourteen. His success is due, in part, to his emphatic rejection of the most pervasive lies about what it takes to succeed. In Get Real, Get Rich, Dr. Gray debunks seven common myths that people perceive as barriers to achieving their goals, in chapters such as The Born Lucky Lie, The Money Lie, and The Work Hard Lie. Listeners are presented with a new way to think about the road to wealth, as well as practical strategies they can use to propel themselves toward success.

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    The Truth Shall Make You Rich: The New Road Map to Radical Prosperity

    The bestselling author of Reallionaire challenges common misconceptions about success and lays out the road map to a richer life

    Raised in the impoverished south side of Chicago, Farrah Gray defied the odds and became a millionaire by age fourteen. He was the youngest person to have an office on Wall Street, and the youngest to receive an honorary doctorate. Now, at 24, he is an inspiration to millions and the bestselling author of Reallionaire, #1 Essence Bestseller.

    In The Truth Shall Make You Rich, Gray shares the secret to his success: an emphatic rejection of the seven fallacies most people believe about money and success: the Born Lucky Lie, the Celebrity Lie, the Money Lie, the Debt Lie, the Google and Gates Lie, the Wall Street Lie, and the Work-Hard Lie. By revealing the truth behind the myths, Gray empowers readers to blaze their own paths and make their own millions.

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