By middle school, Gray had a nationwide speaking career,
commanding $5,000-$10,000 per appearance. Puberty hits. While
most young men were off discovering the opposite sex, Mr. Gray
started his own specialty food company, "Farr-Out Foods", which
he marketed to young people and sold for $1.5 million by his
14th birthday. He started the company with a make-shift "we're
too poor to buy syrup" recipe from his grandmother.
Now at age
20, Gray has his hands in multiple projects including the
acquisition of "Inner
City Magazine", his charitable foundation, "The
Farrah Gray Foundation", which helps empower young inner
city kids to think economically, and lastly, real estate
investing. January 1st of this year, Gray released his first
Nine Steps to Becoming Rich from the Inside Out", which
lists the practical lessons that took him from public assistance
to being a multi-millionaire. The book was published by "Health
Communications Inc.) and is available at bookstores nationwide.
Most impressive about Gray is the fact that as the youngest
of five children, in a single parent household, he was never
handed anything. The media has packaged him as a "self-made
millionaire", but Gray is quick to give the credit to God's
grace and mercy.
His formal bio goes as such: "Farrah Gray was a
card-carrying businessman at age six. At eight, he formed a
business club that financed his neighborhood ventures. By age
14, he had an office on Wall Street and was a millionaire. He
also served as the youngest member of the United Way Board of
Directors. Gray's foundation provides seed money to young
entrepreneurs. Now 20 years old, he’s the author of
Reallionaire, which shares the lessons that took him from public
assistance in Chicago’s inner city to millionaire row."
If Farrah were giving lessons, I'd line up.
Status: No college. Has opted to hold off on school,
although he's stated in the past that he'd like an MBA. At this
point, Wharton would probably grant him honorary letters just to
have their name associated with Gray.
Gray's Official Website,
NPR: Interview with Tavis Smiley,
Good Morning America Interview,