Aug 2001 - present
Honorary Doctorate Degree of Humane Letters
Allen University, Columbia, South Carolina
Farrah Gray is a successful entrepreneur who has made his own way in the world. Out of the depths of poverty in Chicago's south side, he has become a self-made millionaire through his relentless commitment to the highest standards of leadership, creativity and integrity. Along with many other accolades and awards, he was among the Top Ten Sexiest Black CEOs published by Black Voices. In her magazine, The Oprah Magazine, Oprah Winfrey refers to Farrah Gray as an “all star” who gives “priceless advice.” He now speaks in venues throughout the country as a celebrity entrepreneur on radio shows, talk shows and is a syndicated columnist where he shares his personal motivational advice with millions of others. He pumps the honorariums he receives for his lectures back into his own non-profit organization, the Farrah Gray Foundation, which he established to help underprivileged kids get an education in becoming entrepreneurs. His is also the Spokesman for the African American initiative of the National Marrow Donor Program.
Award Winning Author of Popular Motivational Books
In his first book, “Reallionaire”, Dr. Farrah Gray wrote about his complicated journey from the bottom to the top and uses the book to teach others the principles of entrepreneurship. In fact, the book has become required reading in many classrooms both in elementary schools as well as college and university campuses. “Reallionaire”was given a “thumbs-up” by Former President Bill Clinton and has been translated into several foreign languages. In a conversation referring to Farrah Gray, the Former President of the United States, Bill Clinton, said “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. He most recent books are “The Truth Shall Make You Rich” and “Get Real, Get Rich”, which outline his unique road to success. In addition, he co-authored “Chicken Soup for the African-American Soul”. He serves as CEO of Farrah Gray Publishing, a company distributed by HCI Books. From the mouth of another of the New York Times' best selling authors, Suze Orman, “Farrah Gray is just the best and the real thing.”
More About the Farrah Gray Foundation
The Farrah Gray Foundation is at the heart of Farrah Gray's focus of attention because it gives him an opportunity to give back to the community and help other young people to succeed in life. The foundation establishes educational venues that instruct the inner city youth on the steps involved towards becoming an entrepreneur. It goes so far as to offer grants and scholarships for those at-risk young people to attend Historically Black Colleges and Universities. The Farrah Gray Foundation has partnered with the Kauffman Foundation in its inner-city programs.
Continuing Involvement in Business
In the entertainment field, Farrah Gray has a comedy show located in Las Vegas, on the Strip, which he produced. As an investor in Inner City Broadcasting, which is a well-known African-American owned company, he is responsible for relaunching its magazine, Inner City. Black Entertainment TV (BET) included Farrah Gray in its list of 12 Famous Entrepreneurs.
Early Start in Life
When Farrah Gray was six years old, he began in business by selling home-made products door to door. A year later, his ambition increased as he proclaimed himself to be a 21st century CEO and when he was eight he co-established the Urban Neighborhood Enterprise Economic Club, which was the forerunner of the New Early Entrepreneur Wonders. He was the youngest person to ever work out of an office on Wall Street, which is where he opened his NE2W offices. Additionally, he founded Farr-Out Foods, a company that he sold at the age of 15 for more than $1 million.
Dr. Farrah Gray's Links
- Spokesperson for National Bone Marrow Donor Program
- Spokesman for the National Coalition for the Homeless
Recognized asan International Bestselling Author