Thomas J. Stanley

Dr. Thomas J. Stanley (1944-2015) was the author of seven award winning books concentrating on America’s wealthy population and was the foremost authority on the affluent. His last book, The Next Millionaire Next Door, was published posthumously in October 2018 and co-authored by Dr. Sarah Stanley Fallaw.

He began studying the affluent in 1973. Dr. Stanley’s first book, Marketing to the Affluent, was selected as a top ten outstanding business book in America by the editors of Best of Business Quarterly. Dr. Stanley wrote The Millionaire Next Door in 1996. Over 4,000,000 copies of this New York Times bestseller have been sold. In 2000, he published The Millionaire Mind, which explored America’s financial elite and how they became so. The Millionaire Mind debuted at #2 on the New York Times bestseller list. His other works included Selling to the Affluent, Networking with the Affluent, Millionaire Women Next Door, and Stop Acting Rich.

The author lived in Atlanta, held a doctorate of business administration from the University of Georgia in Athens and was formerly a professor of marketing at Georgia State University. Visit Dr. Stanley’s website at for more information on his life and work.