Farrah Gray Profile
Farrah 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 South side of Chicago, Dr. Gray defied the odds and became a self-made millionaire by the age of 14. At the age of 21, he received an Doctor of Humane Letters 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 as an entrepreneurial icon and pre-eminent power speaker, Dr. Gray has inspired millions around the world. At the age of 29, 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 in thousands of print, magazine, radio and television media including The NBC reality show Starting Over, 20/20,Good Morning America, ABC World News Tonight, The Montel Williams Show, Oprah & Friends, Tom Joyner Show, The Michael Baisden Show, Russ Parr, Radio One, TV One, The Tavis Smiley Show, CNBC, BET, NBC, FOX, CBS, BRAVO, PBS, NPR, Bloomberg, Ebony, Jet, Essence, Upscale, Black Enterprise, Black MBA, "O" The Oprah Magazine, Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal and the New York Post. Black Voices named Farrah Gray one of the Top Ten Sexiest Black CEO`s along with Kenneth Chenault, Tiger Woods and Sean "Diddy" Combs. What makes him extra attractive is the stack of accomplishments he achieved at such a young age. He was a syndicated columnist with the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) federation of 200 weekly newspapers reaching more than 15 million readers. As a former AOL Money Coach, Dr. Gray gives advice to millions of AOL subscribers daily on topics such as leadership, personal development, diversity, strategic planning, creativity, business development and financial management.
Dr. Gray began his entrepreneurial, personal and civic development as a stellar young citizen at six years old selling homemade body lotion and his own hand-painted rocks as book-ends door-to-door. At age seven, he was carrying business cards reading "21st Century CEO." At eight, Gray became 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 ages of 12 and 16 years old, Dr. 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.
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. Dr. 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 provides scholarship & grant assistance for students from at-risk backgrounds to attend HBCU`s (Historically Black Colleges and Universities). Dr. Gray donates his honorarium from speaking engagements (which can be upwards of $15,000) and the proceeds of his book to his foundation in what he refers to as his "self-imposed" youth tax. The Farrah Gray Foundation partnered with the Kauffman Foundation, launching entrepreneurship programs in inner-city schools across the country.
Dr. 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. Dr. Gray`s continued his philanthropic work signing on as the spokesman for the National Coalition for the Homeless and the National Marrow Donor Program. As a private consultant he was gone in to work with the likes of JP Morgan Chase and the U.S. Department of Commerce Minority Development Agency.
Dr. Gray`s latest books "Get Real, Get Rich" and "The Truth Shall Make You Rich" a no-holds-barred rejection of the fallacies we`ve all heard–and believed–about success and how to achieve it. Dr. Gray`s first book "Reallionaire" was nominated by NBC & Publishers Weekly Quill Awards in the category of "Health/Self-Improvement." His book appeared on the Amazon and Barnes & Noble`s Best-sellers lists two weeks before its international release. "Reallionaire" was also named as the #1 Best-selling Nonfiction Paperback book in the August 2005 Issue of Essence Magazine.
"Reallionaire" was endorsed by Former President Bill Clinton, Pierre Sutton, Stedman Graham, Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen. Gray`s book 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" and "The Truth Shall Make You Rich," have been translated into Russian, German, Polish, French, Korean, Indonesian, and Vietnamese languages with book sales in Africa, Australia and Europe and in Central and South American countries.
Gray is also a contributing author to "Chicken Soup for the African-American Soul". Dr. 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. Dr. 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) Award, The Davidson College Love of Learning Lifetime Educational Achievement Award, Central State Award of Appreciation for contributions made in the area of entrepreneurship, Trumpet Award, and the American Red Cross Award of Appreciation."