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George Kinder

George Kinder, CFP, RLP

Internationally recognized as the father of the Life Planning movement, the Harvard-educated Kinder is the founder of the Kinder Institute of Life Planning. He has been a practicing financial planner and tax advisor for over 30 years.  

His books, The Seven Stages of Money Maturity and Lighting the Torch: The Kinder Method(TM) of Life Planning, are considered the seminal works in the burgeoning field of Life Planning. Life Planning for You, his newest publication, is an inspiring step-by-step description of how Life Planning, either as a self-help phenomenon, or as a global movement in financial services, transforms peoples lives. Filled with dramatic stories of change, it gives the reader access to the skills necessary to do Life Planning for themselves. It also contains a guide to finding financial advisers they can genuinely trust.

The Kinder Institute trainings are recognized world-wide as the standard for trainings in client-advisor relationship skills. The KI website,, provides a listing for the general public of nearly 2000 trained advisors in 23 countries. There are over 300 Registered Life Planners® fully trained and certified worldwide. Kinder was recently listed in Professional Adviser's annual review as one of the 50 Most Influential People in the world of financial advice.

In addition to his trainings, Kinder has delivered keynote addresses on four continents and at dozens of organizations including the Institute of Financial Planning (IFP), the Personal Finance Society, Pims, New Model Advisor, the European Financial Planning Association, Fidelity, Charles Schwab, Smith Barney and the Financial Planning Association (US). He has appeared frequently on radio and television programs and has been profiled in publications all over the world over the past decade, including The Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, Citywire, New Model Advisor, Money Marketing, IFA Life, Adviser Magazine, Time Magazine, International Herald Tribune, Businessweek, Newsweek, The New York Times and Money Magazine.

Winner of numerous industry awards, in 2006 he won the first-ever “Heart of Financial Planning Distinguished Service Award” from the 30,000-member Financial Planning Association for his work as an ‘innovator and influencer’ in the profession. Lee Eisenberg, author of the best-selling The Number, devotes 20% of his book to Kinder and the Life Planning movement. He writes about him as “…a dynamic, captivating presenter of ideas…dazzles a crowd.”

Kinder currently spends several months per year in the UK and divides his time between his offices in Massachusetts and Hawaii.