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George Kinder, The Father of Life Planning

Author, international thought leader, and life planning pioneer George Kinder has been at the forefront of the financial services industry for more than 35 years, spearheading a movement that centers the lives that clients long to live within their financial plan. Through his books, workshops, and speaking engagements, George has trained thousands of professionals globally in the field of financial life planning. He founded Kinder Institute of Life Planning in 2003 after 30 years as a practicing financial planner and tax advisor. His three books on money, The Seven Stages of Money Maturity, Lighting the Torch, and Life Planning for You, are considered the seminal works in the burgeoning field of financial life planning.

In his books and speeches, George regularly challenges the basic concepts of economics, our understanding of democracy, of space-time, and our own hearts. He is known for his dynamic presentation skills and outside the box thinking that inspires audiences the world over to design and deliver their lives of greatest meaning, now!

A graduate of Harvard, George earned the Bronze Medal (third place) in Massachusetts on the National Uniform Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam in 1975 and soon after started his own tax practice in Cambridge, MA. In 1994, he co-founded “The Nazrudin Project,” an influential think tank of national financial advisors dedicated to exploring the human and spiritual aspects of money and personal finance. In 2000, Investment Advisor Magazine awarded him its Portfolio Management Award given to those who have “contributed significantly to the art and science of portfolio management.”

George’s many recognitions include:

  • Financial Planning Association’s first Heart of Financial Planning Award in 2006 which recognizes “individuals who demonstrate commitment and passion in doing extraordinary work to contribute or give back to the financial planning community and/or the public.”
  • “One of the top Icons & Innovators in the financial planning industry” (InvestmentNews, 2016)
  • The Transparency Trophy by the Transparency Task Force (2017)

He has appeared on many radio and television programs, and his expertise has been featured in The Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, New Model Adviser, Forbes, Time Magazine, FP Today, The Journal of Financial Planning, InvestmentNews, and The New York Times.

A mindfulness teacher and artist at heart, George spends much of his time meditating in nature, engaging in creative pursuits, including photography and poetry, and teaching mindfulness to a global community. To learn more about George’s creative projects, visit His objective is to bring greater levels of Freedom everywhere.

Kinder currently resides in Massachusetts and spends several months per year in London and Hana, Hawaii.