I don’t know how many times it has to be said but hard work pays. Dr. Farrah Gray is testament to that. At 14 he became history’s youngest self made millionaire. And beat the odds, growing up in the impoverished South Side of Chicago.
He was the youngest person to have an office on Wall Street and the youngest person to receive an honorary doctorate. He is also a bestselling author, at just over 30 he has inspired millions around the world.
How to Learn looked at his rise and wrote:
At seven, he was carrying business cards reading “21st Century CEO.”
At eight, Farrah Gray became co-founder of Urban Neighborhood Enterprise Economic Club (U.N.E.E.C.) on Chicago’s Southside. 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.
Between the ages of twelve and sixteen, Farrah Gray founded and operated business ventures that included KIDZTEL pre-paid phone cards, the One Stop Mail Boxes & 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.
As a pre-teen, Farrah Gray reached twelve 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.
On top of all this his spirit for giving back is beyond the call of duty.
He has done so much but in the middle of it all is probably the Farrah Gray foundation. The aim to get people in the inner city to work on community-based entrepreneurship education and to do this they provide scholarship and grant assistance. This is for students from at-risk backgrounds and help them to attend Historically Black Colleges and Universities.
A real inspiration! You can pick up his book “Realionaire” from Amazon below.
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