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tim ferris

Tim Ferriss

Occupation: author, podcaster, investor

Birthday: July 20, 1977

Age: 44

Birthplace: East HamptonNew York, U.S.

College: Princeton University

Nationality: American

Birth Sign: Cancer


Timothy Ferriss is an American entrepreneur, investor, author, podcaster, and lifestyle guru. He became well-known through his “4-Hour” self-help book series including the 4-Hour Work Week, the 4-Hour Body, and the 4-Hour Chef, that focused on lifestyle optimizations, but he has since reconsidered this approach

tim ferris

Early life

Ferriss grew up in East Hampton, New York. Throughout childhood, Ferriss experienced poor health, sparking an interest in self-improvement. After graduating from St. Paul’s School, Ferriss matriculated at Princeton University, earning a B.A. in East Asian studies in 2000. His senior thesis was titled “Acquisition of Japanese Kanji: Conventional Practice and Mnemonic Supplementation”, under the supervision of Seiichi Makino. After graduating from Princeton, Ferriss worked in sales at a data storage company.

tim ferris childhood

Tim Ferriss’s Career


tim ferris BrainQUICKEN

In 2001, Ferriss founded BrainQUICKEN, an internet-based nutritional supplements business, while still employed at his prior job. He sold the company, then known as BodyQUICK, to a London-based private equity firm in 2010. He has stated that The 4-Hour Workweek was based on this period.


Ferriss has written five books, The 4-Hour Workweek (2007), expanded edition (2009), The 4-Hour Body (2010), The 4-Hour Chef (2012), Tools of Titans (2016), and Tribe of Mentors (2017).

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In December 2013, The Tim Ferriss Experiment debuted on HLN. The series focused on Ferriss’ life hacking and speed learning methods. Although 13 episodes were produced, only a portion were shown on television. Ferriss also hosted the 2017 TV show Fear{Less} with Tim Ferriss, in which he interviews people from different industries about success and innovation.

Angel Investor

Ferriss has been an angel investor and advisor to startups including StumbleUponPosterousEvernoteDailyBurnShopifyReputation.comTrippy, and TaskRabbit. He is a pre-seed money advisor to Uber, co-founded by Garrett Camp, the founder of StumbleUpon, which Ferriss also advised.

tim ferris angel investor

In 2013, Ferriss raised $250,000 to invest in Shyp by forming a syndicate on AngelList. Ferriss ended up raising over $500,000 through his backers, and Shyp raised a total of $2.1 million. In 2018, Shyp shut down, and laid off all its employees.

In 2015, The New York Times listed Ferriss among their “Notable angel Investors” while CNN said he was “one of the planet’s leading angel investors in technology.”

tim ferris angel investor

Also in 2015, Ferriss declared a long vacation from new investing. He cited the stress of the work and a feeling his impact was “minimal in the long run”, and said he planned to spend time on his writing and media projects. In 2017 he stated one of the reasons he moved from Silicon Valley was that, “After effectively ‘retiring’ from angel investing 2 years ago,” he had no professional need to be in the Bay Area.

Tim Ferriss Publishing

In November 2013, Ferriss began an audiobook publishing venture, Tim Ferriss Publishing. The first book published was Vagabonding by Rolf Potts. Other books include Ego is the Enemy and The Obstacle Is The Way by Ryan HolidayDaily Rituals by Mason Currey, and What I Learned Losing A Million Dollars by Jim Paul and Brendan Moynihan.



Ferriss has raised funds for the Center for Psychedelic and Consciousness Research at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and for the Center for Psychedelic Research at Imperial College London. Since 2016, Ferriss donated at least $2,000,000 for clinical research into psychedelic drugs.

tim ferris philanthropy

In 2017, Tim Ferriss gave the TED talk “Why you should define your fears instead of your goals.”


The Tim Ferriss Show

Ferriss continues to release episodes of The Tim Ferriss Show, an interview-centered podcast running since April 22, 2014

Tim Ferriss‘s Net Worth: $100 Million

As of 2022, Tim Ferriss has a net worth of $100 million dollars. Although Tim Ferriss has made millions from his books and podcast, the majority of his net worth comes from his investments.

Tim Ferriss’s Favorite Books

Tim Ferriss’s homes

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