Jack Canfield is an American book author, businessman, corporate trainer, and motivational speaker. He remains one of the leading authors in the niche of inspirational books. As a bestselling author, Jack Canfield net worth has scaled tremendously.
Jack Canfield net worth is $50 million. He amassed his wealth as an independent writer and a speaker. His greatest success comes from his novel series ‘Chicken Soup for the Soul’, which sold over 500 copies in print and has over 250 titles in 40 languages.
His credits include Motivator of the Year by Business Digest in 1999 and Oprah’s Angel Network Award in 1999. He has made appearances in programs like Eye to Eye, The Today’s Show and The Today’s Show.
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Canfield was born on August 19, 1994 in Fort Worth, Texas. As a teenager, he spent his years in Wheeling, West Virginia. He later graduated in 1962 from the Linsly Military Institute.
Canfield attended Harvard college where he got a Bachelor’s degree in Chinese history. He furthered his education and obtained his M. Ed. in 1973. In 1981, he received an honorary Ph.D. from the University of Santa Monica.
After graduating with his B. A, Canfield started teaching in a school in Chicago. Canfield co-authored the book ‘100 ways to enhance self-concept in the classroom’ in 1976. He also worked at the Clinton Job Corps Center in Iowa.
He managed a residential Gestalt center known as the New England Center for Personal and Organizational Development. Here, he received praise as one of the Ten Outstanding Young Men of America (TOYA) in 1978. Canfield also worked at the Jessie V. Stone Foundation in Chicago. In 1976, Canfield co-authored the book, “100 Ways to Enhance Self-Concept in the Classroom.”
Canfield is the CEO and director of The Canfield Training Group located in Santa Barbara, California. He also founded The Foundation for Self-Esteem in Culver City, California. Canfield plays the host of a radio program and writer of a global newspaper column.
To top it all, he is a founding member of The Transformational Leadership Council. He is additionally a psychotherapist, a teacher and he facilitates workshops as well. Canfield is not only involved in several activities, he excels in each one.
In 1993, Canfield released his best-selling book ‘Chicken Soup for the Soul’ which Mark Victor Hansenin co-authored. In the mid-1990s, his book scaled to being the third best-selling book in the United States by USA Today. The series is known to have sold over 500 million copies in 40 languages with over 200 titles.
The book expanded into a multi-media brand traded on NASDAQ and has a huge market audience. He authored additional books in the series, which also made a name in the book industry. Later in 2008, Canfield and his partner Mark Victor Hansen jointly sold the Chicken Soup for the Soul to a new owner.
Another famous book is “The Success Principles: How to Get from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be.” In this book, Jack details several important principles for achieving individual goals and becoming successful. Janet Switzer co-authored the book.
Other leading books by him include The Power of Focus, The Aladdin Factor, and Dare to Win. He also holds a Guinness World Book of Record for having seven of his books on the bestseller list at the same time. Added to this is his feature in a self-development film titled “The Secret in 2006.”
In 1971, Canfield married Judith Ohibaum, who gave him two sons named Oran and Kyle. He later divorced her in 1976 and moved in with a masseuse. In 1978, Canfield married again and had another son with Georgia Lee Noble. They divorced in 1999.
He later settled with Inga Marie Mahoney, who remains his present wife, to this day. Marie Mahoney is the mother of Travis and Riley, who are now Canfield’s stepchildren. His son, Oran, takes after his father in his gift. He has written some memoirs after his parents’ divorce including “Freefall: The Strange True Life Growing Up” and “Long Past Stopping: a Memoir.”
Canfield continues to inspire the masses with his inspirational stories. He has authored over 15 powerful books and is still working on other projects.