Reallionaire: Nine Steps to Becoming Rich from the Inside Out [NOOK Book]


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 ...

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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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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Just 20 years old, Gray is a self-made millionaire, having founded ventures and made media appearances beginning at ages six and nine respectively. He chronicles and draws lessons from his successes and failures, from his first job selling handmade body lotion to his Los Angeles neighbors to his founding of Farr-Out Foods at 13, his sale of it two years later for over a million dollars and his current philanthropic and developmental projects like running INNERCITY magazine. With the help of freelance writer Harris, Gray presents a persona that is straightforward and confident, if somewhat generic ("Now, I want you to take a real `lemon' from your life and make lemonade with it"), but the tale of his ascent is compelling. Fueled by his desire to help his family, especially his single, workaholic mother, Gray is virtually unstoppable; faced with rejection, he tries something else. It's that resilience that comes through most clearly, reinforced with chapter-ending "Real Points" and "Reallionaire Exercises." Despite the familiar gimmicks, the real parts of Gray's experience come through, making this a sound book for anyone seriously interested in getting ahead on his or her own terms. (Jan.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
A 19-year-old African American male, with a net worth of $1 million, an office on Wall Street, and a partnership with a broadcasting company, shares his rags-to-riches story and offers his keys to success. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780757395031
  • Publisher: Health Communications, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/1/2005
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 264
  • Sales rank: 324,321
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Farrah Gray was raised in the inner city of Chicago. At the age of six, he started carrying business cards proclaiming himself a "Future 21st Century CEO." By 14, he had an office on Wall Street. His main focus right now is the re-launch of InnerCity magazine and the Farrah Gray Foundation, a venture capital fund that provides seed money to entrepreneurs under the age of 25. Farrah Gray divides his time between New York, Los Angeles, and Las Vegas

Fran Harris is a former WNBA champion and ESPN commentator. She is the author of five previous books and lives in Austin, TX.

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Read an Excerpt

Sit up straight. Brush your teeth. Don’t talk to strangers. Smile.
Do unto others. The list goes on and on. Since we took our first breath people have been telling us what to do, haven’t they? They meant well, but in the grand scheme of things, most of the advice people gave us growing up wasn’t very useful. That’s why I have a saying in my office: “Less is better—if less is good to begin with.”
I don’t pretend to have all the answers, but I know what I know. In business you have to dot your I’s, cross your T’s, admit your mistakes and say thank you if you want to get anywhere. Nobody wants to do business with someone who pays no attention to detail and isn’t appreciative.

Stakeholders invest in people first and the idea second, as I’ve said. This premise is sometimes lost on entrepreneurs seeking seed capital. People invest in people based on their perceived worthiness.
I have seen wealthy individuals walk past a homeless person hold- ing out a cup. Why? Because they felt that nobody should be given anything—and even more importantly, they didn’t perceive that they’d be getting value in return.

Our world is caught up in the “you wash my hands, I’ll wash yours” syndrome. Some people feel it’s foolish to give unless you’re getting something in return. That’s not true giving. That’s conditional giving. I learned early in my life that the real gift is in the giving.
Mom and Grandma taught me that.


My extensive travels resulted in many fortuitous meetings with business executives. I was suddenly thrust into a world known only to the elite. I was picked up by limousines, taken to United Red
Carpet, American’s Admiralty or Delta’s Crown Room clubs, comfortable private lounges complete with VIP check-in and amenities.
I must have been a sight, walking leisurely to my gate in a suit and tie and carrying a Wall Street Journal or a Japanese self-help book. I
was also interesting fodder for the other first-class passengers. A
man once told me on the way to New York, “Can’t say I see many passengers like you up here.” I remembered wondering what he meant by that. Was he referring to my age, race or both?
Eventually I was somewhat adopted by the flight attendants.
They became my surrogate airline mothers who would look after me by waiting with me at the gate until the host sponsor representative met me. They would call the hotel to make sure I was checked in properly. Often, after the plane crew checked into their hotel rooms for their overnight stay, they would appear in my audience in uniform.

Life was good. I was seeing the world, meeting myriad people from all walks of life and more good news was just around the corner.
I became fond of the nightly business report on the local PBS
stationsin the hotel rooms. This heightened my interest in the stock market, investing, venture capital and technology. But mostly I
started studying the meals I was served on the planes. I got the strong urge to try my hand at preparing some of the unique meals
I was served in-flight and in the hotel. I made myself feel at home even when I was on the road. Instead of maid service I wanted to help clean the dishes and take the trash out, and I asked the room service attendants about the ingredients in the meals they delivered to me. I also learned the importance of physical and mental fitness on the road, where it can sometimes be lonely.

One of my favorite people is
Emmanuel Steward, the famous boxing trainer Andre had introduced to me a while back. He taught me the importance of developing my body along with my mind. I
have a daily training routine, which is never broken unless I’m ill. I
do a minimum of one hundred to five hundred push-ups a day. My workout time is more than me building my physical body. It is also a time for me to regroup and get centered.

Being on the road gave me a chance to reflect on my life, the past and my future. My family was at a different crossroads at this time.
I was traveling on my own across the country with little need for an escort. I was suddenly a breadwinner for the family. Since I still wasn’t at the age where I could sign business documents, Andre would deposit my earnings, and I’d handle the management of my income and expenses. Grandma was the bookkeeper who’d pay for household and entertainment expenses. I can’t tell you how good it felt to be able to provide for the two women who made me what I
am today.

In the span of a few years, my life had done a complete 360.
I didn’t realize it at the time, but I was becoming my mother. I
know you’re more accustomed to hearing women saying that about their moms, but it was true. I was becoming Mom. I was spending more time in the air than I was at home with my family. And if I
wasn’t on a plane, I was on the telephone making a deal. I had become accustomed to a certain lifestyle, but my travels left little time for me to bond with my family, who were all doing their own things.

Andre was setting up in Las Vegas, which demanded a lot of his time because he had to work within several time zones in the U.K.
or Japan. Kiki had started studying to become a certified fitness trainer. My brother Jonathan had gone to Chicago, and Alex was still in Phoenix with Grandma.

Slowly but surely Mom gained her strength back. I sensed she would never be able to run as hard and fast as she used to. She was like a former heavyweight boxer. She still had that fire in her belly,
which meant you always had to keep a watchful eye on her. You just knew that one day she’d walk into the room and announce her comeback, whether it compromised her health or not. Even on my travels, I called her several times a day.

I was enjoying my newfound freedom and earning power, but I
missed my family. What kept me going was a liberal adaptation of an Aesop fable.

It seems that a fox spotted a rabbit and started chasing him around a field. The fox did everything in his power to track the rabbit but could never seem to catch him. The fox barked, thinking he could scare the rabbit into submission. He growled, thinking that maybe the rabbit would surrender. Finally, the rabbit was gone.
Two people were watching the entire pursuit. One of the men shook his head in wonder. Then he said to his friend, “I wonder why the fox didn’t catch him?” His friend looked out into the distance as the rabbit disappeared from sight. “The fox,” he said, “was chasing and running for fun. The rabbit was running for his life.”
I’m the rabbit in this fable. I started running to provide for the health and financial well-being of my family at thirteen years old. I
was running for my life.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2007

    Good Story, but lacking...

    Do you want an inspiring tale of a young man who became a millionaire at age 16? Well then this is the book for you! Hopefully this compelling tale of a boy coming of age to a man who rose from the streets of Chi-City to the good life is one that will inspire. Do you want a book that will teach you step by step how to reach your first million? Well then you've come to the wrong book. The nine steps that claim to make you rich are blurred within the context of the life story of Farrah Gray, and one must take time to analyze the lessons within the stories. This book does a much better job as an autobiography than a informational piece of literature, therefore I repeat, if you want to hear the story of a young man that persevered early in life and became the Dr. Farrah Gray that is known today, than by all means read and be awe inspired, otherwise, your better off reading another book about entrepreneurship.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 26, 2007

    Reallionaire Review

    I felt as if Farrah Gray's story was compelling and extraordinary, but i truely felt as if the novel was preaching a little too much. Gray's story is undoubtedly miraculous and amazing, but his novel centers mostly on teaching good ethics and morals which is not a bad thing in any which way but being a high school student: I am exposed to these ethical standards everyday. Although I did not enjoy it as much as some others have, it is a fun story to read its not everyday you read a book about a 14 year old millionaire!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2006

    Must Read For All Youth

    As a teacher, my first thoughts always go to my students when I read something. I wonder if it is literature that they would enjoy and/or learn from. And Reallionaire without a doubt is one of those books. It is unbelievable how a story such as Farrah's is not more commonly known. Goes to show what they want to be out there, and what they don't. I am certainly taking the advice of the young lady who earlier commented that anyone who has the chance to see Farrah speak do so. I plan on trying to get him to come to my school and speak to the students. Buy and read this book! Buy as many copies as you can and give them away!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2006

    jump start

    this book just jump starts you especially if you are among those who have stared so long into the horizon of life without acting

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2006

    It's a great book!!!!!! Buy it at the risk of being inspired.

    This is a great book! What happens after reading this book is similar to the scene in the movie, ¿The Matrix¿, where Neo has to decide which pill he¿s going to take. Doing nothing was not an option. He had already stepped out of the normal into the abnormal and there was no turning back. He had to make a decision about his life. After reading this book (even the first couple of pages) you won¿t have a choice but to make a decision about your life, your character and your willingness to succeed. It reiterates the fact that excuses are irrelevant.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 2, 2005

    Visualise your tomorrow

    Farrah's story is such an incredible one, it's so inspiring that without the right mindset one will consider it another matrix movie. i guess that is why the book is titled reallionaire, what you can visualise is what is real. Victor Yakubu Nigeria

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2005

    An inspirational success story

    `The Reallionaire¿ is an incredible story about a young man named Farrah Gray who rises from poverty to become a self-made millionaire. His accomplishments are impressive and his ambition without limit. As you read through the book, you will discover the principles he applies in his life to overcome challenges and persevere in the face adversity. It is an inspiring work that truly shows us what is possible. You will certainly benefit from its teachings as you take your leap to success.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2005

    Really Good

    I have not yet read this book. I just ordered it. Farrah Gray came to our school in Collier County and had a speech for our school. It was really good. I really believed in Him. If you ever see that he will be some where giving a speech i recommend that you go to it. It is interesting.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2005

    Interesting Story

    Reallionaire is an excellent real life rags to riches story most kids born in poverty either get swept into the street game or persue a dream of becoming a NBA or NFL star not this young man he knew at a young age he wanted to be a CEO. This book is an inspiration to anyone who reads it.

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