Tony Robbins is an American businessman, author and philanthropist. He was born on 29 February, 1960 in North Hollywood, California. His birth name was Anthony J. Mahavoric. He was eldest child to his parents and hiw parents got divorced when he was 7. His mother had a series of husband, among them was Jim Robbins, who adopted Anthony when he was 12. His father left them because he could not provide them, so Robbins provided help to his siblings. When he was 17, his mother chased him out of the house. He did not attend college and became janitor. He married Becky Robbins and then Sage Robbins, and have two kids Jairek Robbins and Jolie Jenkins.
Some interesting facts about Tony Robbins :
1. When Oprah Winfrey and Serena Williams needed advice for talk show with President Bill Clinton, they called Tony Robbins.
2. His career was started by promoting Jim Rohn’s motivational seminars.
3. He started teaching neuro linguistic programming (NPL) after getting trained by the co-founder of NPL.
4. His career started as self-help guru when he started selling his programs via books and TV infomercials.
5. His first major book was ‘Unlimited Power’ which was published in 1987.
6. In 2007, he was listed in Forbes magazine’s ‘Celebrity 100’, earning $30 million annually.
7. His books included ‘Awaken the Giant Within’, ‘Giant Steps’ and ‘Notes from a Friend’.
8. In 1991, he launched ‘Anthony Robbins Foundation’ to empower students and prisoners.
9. In 1997, he started seminars on ‘Leadership Academy’ with this he became featured speaker which was sponsored by Learning Annex.
10. In 2007, he became featured speaker at Technology, Entertainment and Design (TED) conference, and in 2012 he was listed as 6th most popular at TED talk.
11. He is the founder of ‘Robbins-Madanes Center for Strategic Intervention’, which deals with personal, family and organizational psychology.
12. Robbins made cameo appearances in movies like: ‘Shallow Hal’, ‘Reality Bites’, ‘Men In Black’, etc. and also acted in ‘The Singularity Is Near: A True Story about The Future’ in 2010.
13. A four-day seminar ‘Unleash the Power Within’ by Robbins is considered as the most prominent work of his career.
14. A reality show ‘Breakthrough with Tony Robbins’ that featured Robbins helping the show’s participants dealing with their issues, was launched by NBC in 2010 but was soon cancelled due to low viewership.
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