The Two Minute Bio: Tim Ferriss

Tim Ferriss is an author, blogger and motivational speaker known for his books The 4-Hour Workweek and The 4-Hour Body.

Born in Southampton, New York, on July 20, 1977, Tim Ferriss ran his own nutrition supplement company before becoming a world-record tango dancer. In 2007, he released his book The 4-Hour Workweek, which became a No. 1 best seller and developed a global reach. Ferriss has an active online presence and is a motivational speaker, and has also written The 4-Hour Body and The 4-Hour Chef.


After traveling to London, Ferriss had a breakdown and ultimately decided to streamline his business, hiring virtual assistants and becoming more efficient with his email usage. He also became a globe-trotter, traveling to locales like Ireland and Germany and ending up in Argentina. There he took up the tango, starting with a beginner’s class and making it to the semifinals of the world championships. In 2006, he entered the Guinness World Records for the most tango spins in one minute—37—with his dancing partner Alicia Monti on the talk show Live With Regis and Kelly.

Ferriss would eventually document his business philosophy in the 2007 release The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich, published by Crown, a division of Random House. Though initially rejected by many publishers, the book was a major hit, becoming a No. 1 New York Times best seller and remaining on the list for years while being translated into multiple languages.


In 2010, Ferriss released a 4-Hour follow-up, The 4-Hour Body: An Uncommon Guide to Rapid Fat Loss, Incredible Sex, and Becoming Superhuman. The book also went to the top of the Times best-seller list, though physicians have challenged the validity of the some of the content.


One thought on “The Two Minute Bio: Tim Ferriss

  1. What’s your personal opinion of Tim? I don’t agree with everything in the 4 hour work week, but it got me started. Because of that book, I caught the entrepreneurship bug. For me, that’s the real value of his wirk


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