Michael Ellsberg
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  • "The reaction was unanimous! You hit a Grand Slam with our attendees! Comments ranged from, 'excellent, opened my eyes on how to really work a room without any expectation of gain,' to 'everything I needed to know about Michael Ellsberg’s character and his TRUTH, I learned from watching him introduce us to his wife, Jena. Excellent Man, Excellent Speaker'."
    -Settlement Professionals Inc.

  • "Michael Ellsberg was thoughtful, thought-provoking and compelling. He was flexible and responsive to the needs of his audience. Students loved him and he was able to help them to think about their concerns very effectively."
    -Dartmouth College

  • "Michael Ellsberg's book is provocative and wise. Tuition is skyrocketing, job prospects are grim, and the race for bogus credentials has turned into a runaway status competition for positional goods. 'The Education of Millionaires' offers a renegade path for anyone who wants vital skills without the crushing burden of student debt."
    -Peter Thiel, co-founder, PayPal, first outside investor, Facebook, creator of the Thiel Fellowship

  • "Something magical happens when two people connect eye-to-eye. Michael Ellsberg's wonderful book helps you create that magic every day."
    -Marci Shimoff, New York Times bestselling author of Happy for No Reason

Michael Ellsberg


Michael Ellsberg is the best-selling author of The Education of Millionaires: It's Not What You Think and It's Not Too Late (Penguin), which debuted as an instant best-seller and was named to multiple "Best Books of the Year" lists in 2011. He is also the author of The Power of Eye Contact: Your Secret For Success in Business, Love and Life (HarperCollins).

The Education of Millionaires is a bootstrapper's guide to investing in one's own human capital. Michael interviewed some of the most successful people on the planet who didn't complete college—but instead educated themselves in the "real world"—to deconstruct their secrets, and create a "Syllabus for a Successful Life" based on what he learned from them.

The book features interviews with self-educated billionaires Phillip Ruffin and John Paul DeJoria, Facebook co-founders Dustin Moskovitz and Sean Parker, WordPress creator Matt Mullenweg, fashion designer Marc Ecko, Pink Floyd lead guitarist David Gilmour, and marketing experts Eben Pagan, Frank Kern, and Joe Polish. It also features the insights of experts including Seth Godin, "Rich Dad" Robert Kiyosaki, and PayPal co-founder and Facebook angel investor, billionaire Peter Thiel.

The Power of Eye Contact attracted feature press coverage from the New York Times, Associated Press TV, CBS News, CNN, Good Morning America, MSNBC, Regis & Kelly, Current TV, San Francisco Chronicle, the BBC, the Times (UK), and in Tim Ferriss's #1 New York Times and Wall Street Journal best-seller The Four-Hour Workweek.

He has lectured at Google, the Thiel Fellowship, and the World Technology Forum—to name a few—and is currently one of the most sought-after young thinkers and speakers in the world.

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