Sharon Lechter is an American author, speaker, and entrepreneur. She is best known as the co-author of the best-selling book “Rich Dad Poor Dad,” which was co-written with Robert Kiyosaki. The book has sold millions of copies worldwide and has inspired a financial literacy movement
Lechter was born in Phoenix, Arizona, and grew up in a working-class family. She went on to receive a degree in Accounting from Arizona State University. As a licensed CPA for 35 years and a Chartered Global Management Accountant, Sharon Lechter is the premier expert for financial literacy and entrepreneurial success.
In 1989, Sharon joined forces with the inventor of the first electronic ‘talking book’ and helped him expand the electronic book industry to a multi-million-dollar international market. In the late 1990s, she became involved with Robert Kiyosaki and his company, Rich Dad Poor Dad, which teaches financial education through books, seminars, and financial games. Over 10 years as the co-founder and CEO, she built the empire into the world’s leading personal finance brand.
In 2008, she was asked by the Napoleon Hill Foundation to help re-energize the powerful teachings of Napoleon Hill just as the international economy was faltering. Sharon has released three bestselling books in cooperation with the Foundation, including Think and Grow Rich-Three Feet from Gold, Outwitting the Devil and her latest project, Think and Grow Rich for Women, released in June of 2014.
In addition to her work with Rich Dad Poor Dad, Lechter is also a successful entrepreneur in her own right. She has worked with major brands like Disney and Time Warner and served two U.S. Presidents as an advisor of financial literacy. She has also co-founded several companies, including Pay Your Family First, a financial education company, and The Sharon Lechter Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting financial literacy and entrepreneurship.
But everything changed in 2012 when Sharon’s son unexpectedly died. All of Sharon’s successes seemed to fade into the background. She kept working, but on autopilot. She stopped playing at the level she always had and just started coasting. Now, Sharon is back and playing again with the Play Big Movement to master your money and time and create maximum impact.
Throughout her career, Lechter has been recognized for her contributions to the field of personal finance and entrepreneurship. She has received numerous awards and honors, including being named one of the Top 50 Women in Wealth by AdvisorOne and one of the Most Influential Women in Direct Selling by Direct Selling News.
Sharon always continues to be a committed philanthropist by giving back to world communities both as a benefactor and a volunteer