Although born in New Zealand, Dolf de Roos started kindergarten in Europe, and went on to attend school in a variety of countries. This early introduction to travel no doubt contributed to his present propensity to move around. Today, speaking six languages and holding business interests in a number of regions, he considers himself a citizen of the world.
While studying Electrical Engineering at the University of Canterbury, Dolf realized electrical engineering, though inherently interesting, was not necessarily lucrative. A subsequent nine-month study of the rich followed to determine what qualities they had in common. Attributes they did not share were age, gender, race, creed, country of origin or education. Surprisingly, it did not even matter whether or not they were born into rich families. Dolf did note one common denominator; almost without exception, the rich either made their money through property, or held their wealth in property. This finding marked a shift in Dolf’s focal point. Although he continued on to earn a PhD in Engineering, Dolf began investing in property as an undergraduate student.
Over the years, as his successes with property became apparent, Dolf was cajoled into sharing the “why” and “how” of his real estate investment strategies. He has run public seminars throughout Australia, New Zealand, Asia, North America, and Europe, trained real estate agents, written and published eleven best-selling property books including the New York Times Best Seller Real Estate Riches, as well as introduced software to both analyze and manage investment property. Consequently, his views on property are esteemed, and he is often asked to address investors’ conferences, appear on radio shows, and take part in television debates.
In addition to teaching real estate, Dolf has developed courses on the psychology of wealth in general, as he realized that without the correct mindset, it is difficult for anyone to amass a fortune.
Nonetheless, Dolf’s primary passion is not just in teaching wealth creation or real estate, but investing in real estate, which he continues to do around the world.
Dolf teaches at events and institutions in over 16 countries including Tony Robbins’ Wealth Mastery and Trump University. He also worked with Robert Kiyosaki for a number of years and wrote the book in the Rich Dad’s Advisor series on real estate. He was on four thousand five hundred radio stations daily for over four years. In 2003 Dolf was appointed Visiting Professor of Real Estate at the University of North Texas.