The top 12 Motivational Speakers in the world

A huge part of our mindset is influenced by what we listen to. In that regard, motivational speakers play a crucial role in positively impacting people’s lives.

Listening to their words, past experiences, and stories truly makes us feel way better when feeling down or demotivated on some days.

Likewise, some of them have reached heights of success, becoming the top motivational speakers in the world.

In this article, we will look at such phenomenal personalities who have been courageous enough to share their darkest moments and how they overcame such obstacles in life.

So who are the top motivational speakers in the world right now? Let’s find out!

Top 12 Motivational Speakers in the world

Here is a quick preview of the top 12 motivational speakers. The information is gathered according to their audience, popularity, and influence.

12. Simon Sinek

11. Les Brown

10. Joe Rogan

9. Jon Gordon

8. David Goggins

7. Nick Vujicic

6. Arnold Schwarzenegger

5. Brené Brown

4. Robin Sharma

3. Gary Vaynerchuck

2. Eric Thomas

1. Tony Robbins

Let’s take a look at each one of them in the further article!

12. Simon Sinek

Born in 1973 in Wimbledon, England, Simon Oliver Sinek is a motivational speaker and author.

Likewise, he gained popularity for conceptualizing the idea of WHY in his first Ted Talk in 2009.

Sinek speaking at TEDx Maastricht, Netherlands.
Sinek speaking at TEDx Maastricht, Netherlands.

Often described as an unshakable optimist, Sinek has shared many ideas through his books.

Moreover, this visionary speaker impacts his audience through his unconventional and innovative views on business and leadership.

Nonetheless, he has also had the privilege to speak at the UN Global Compact Leaders summit in 2016.

Sinek began speaking at the Ted Talks in 2009 and posting numerous inspirational videos on his YouTube Channel.

Furthermore, he has a current net worth of $18 million.

11. Les Brown

Leslie Calvin “Les” Brown is an American motivational speaker and former show host born on February 17, 1945.

Moreover, this dynamic personality is a great example of turning pain into power, having being mistaken “educable mentally retarded” in high school.

Les Brown.
Les Brown.

He never stopped seizing opportunities despite initial career failures and was highly determined to achieve what he wanted.

That strong determination and persistence in his beliefs made him successful and one of the most influential people worldwide.

Likewise, his charismatic personality, strong depths of knowledge, wise words, and the ability to connect motivate people to become go-getters.

Furthermore, over the span of his career, he has interviewed many business leaders and collectively worked with them.

Hence, Brown is one of the most profitable business leaders sought after by many budding entrepreneurs.

Nonetheless, he still keeps up with the audience through his social media platforms such as; Facebook and YouTube.

This renowned motivational speaker is worth $15 million.

10. Joe Rogan

On the 10th spot, we have Joe Rogan, known for his versatility from being a UFC commentator to one of the most famous podcasters.

Born on August 11, 1967, he initiated his career as a stand-up comedian and later pursued acting.

Joe Rogan on the mic, doing stand-up comedy.
Joe Rogan during his stand-up comedy.

However, Rogan gained immense popularity via his podcast “The Joe Rogan Experience,” one of the most listened to podcasts in the world.

Similarly, he has featured many renowned personalities in his podcasts, from Elon Musk to Mike Tyson.

This prominent figure was also a four-time “personality of the year” in MMA.

Nonetheless, Rogan has an estimated net worth of $100 million.

9. Jon Gordon

Jon O Gordon is a famous American speaker, leadership consultant, and author who wrote many best-selling books.

Likewise, while speaking, he mainly features the idea of sales, culture, leadership, and teamwork among his audience.

Jon Gordon in 2016.
Jon Gordon in 2016.

Similarly, Gordon has spoken at many significant platforms, inspiring thousands of people.

Additionally, his ideas have been put to the test by numerous Fortune 500 companies, professional and college sports teams, school districts, hospitals, and non-profit.

Gordon has a total net worth of $14 million.

8. David Goggins

David Goggins is an American public speaker, ultramarathon runner, ultra-distance cyclist, and author.

In addition to that, he is also a retired Navy SEAL making him an absolute all-rounder.

Goggins in Encinitas, California.
Goggins in Encinitas, California.

Likewise, Goggins is the only member of the U.S army to have completed Seal training, the U.S army ranger school, and Air Force Tactical Air Controller training.

Despite being diagnosed with many health conditions, he proved that his aspirations are bigger than his problems.

Nevertheless, he is a highly influential speaker where he has shared most of his life journeys with his numerous students, professional sports teams, and the staff at Fortune 500 companies.

Goggins has a total net worth of $2.5 million.

7. Nick Vujicic

Nicholas James Vujicic is an Australian American renowned motivational speaker, coach, entrepreneur, and one of the New York Times best-selling authors.

Born on 4th December 1982, he was physically impaired since birth with no arms and legs.

Nick Vujicic speaking in 2016.
Nick Vujicic speaking in 2016.

In spite of being bullied and facing tremendous hurdles throughout his life, he turned those challenges into opportunities.

Hence, he is an anti-bullying advocate and speaks to millions of students worldwide.

His powerful coaching and inspirational speeches have given hope and the courage to millions of people to face the challenges of life.

In addition to that, Vujicic is the founder and CEO of the non-profit ministry Life Without Limbs.

Likewise, he has also founded an innovative Social-Emotional Learning Curriculum called “Attitude is Altitude.”

Vujicic has a current net worth of $600 thousand.

6. Arnold Schwarzenegger

Arnold Alois Schwarzenegger is an Australian American keynote speaker.

As there is a famous saying, “the sky has no limits,” neither does Schwarzenegger.

He is a well-known actor, former world champion bodybuilder, producer, businessman, philanthropist, and currently a politician.

Arnold Schwarzenegger speaking at the 2019 San Diego Comic-Con International in San Diego, California.
Arnold Schwarzenegger speaking at the 2019 San Diego Comic-Con International in San Diego, California.

Inspiration to many, Schwarzenegger has served as the 38th Governor of California from 2003-2011.

Likewise, he was the youngest person to win the title of “Mr. Universe.”

Hence, this versatile personality is a powerful source of motivation and has positively impacted people’s lives.

Moreover, he has also written many best-selling books.

Schwarzenegger has an astounding total net worth of $410 million.

5.  Brené Brown

Casandra Brené Brown is an American podcast host, lecturer, professor, author, and former TED speaker.

Born in 1965, Brown is a research professor at the University of Houston, where she holds the Huffington Foundation.

Likewise, she is also a visiting professor in management at The University of Texas at Austin McCombs School of Business.

Brené Brown in 2012.
Brené Brown in 2012.

Talking about her career, Brown has spent the last 20 decades studying courage, vulnerability, empathy, and shame.

On top of that, her 2010 Ted Talk “The Power of Vulnerability” is one of the widely viewed Ted talks through which she rose to immense popularity.

This eccentric personality has also written some of the New York Times best-selling books such as The Gifts of Imperfection, Daring Greatly, Rising Strong, Braving the Wilderness, and Dare to Lead.

“Imperfections are not inadequacies, they are reminders that we are all in this together.”

Brené Brown

Moreover, she currently hosts the Unlocking Us podcast and remains the first researcher to have a filmed lecture on Netflix called “The Call to Courage.”

Brown has a total net worth of $5 million.

4. Robin Sharma

Robin Sharma is a Canadian writer and globally acclaimed speaker best known for his best-selling book “The Monk Who Sold his Ferrari.”

Sharma in Toronto, Canada.

Furthermore, this extravagant speaker mainly emphasizes Leadership and Time Management through his books and talks.

Likewise, some of his best sellers also include “The 5 am Club” and “The Leader Who Had No Title.”

Sharma’s influential personality and the rare ability to electrify an audience while delivering tactical insights lead to individuals doing their best works and organizations becoming unbeatable.

Similarly, he has worked with brilliant companies such as NASA, Mircosoft, Nike, Unilever, FedEx, HP, Starbucks, Oracle, and many more.

What makes him more special is that he is a firm believer in giving back. Therefore, he established “The Robin Sharma Foundation For Children.”

The organization assists underprivileged children worldwide, giving them equal chances and opportunities to make a difference.

Moreover, he has a total net worth of $12 million.

3. Gary Vaynerchuck

On the third spot, we have Gary Vaynerchuk, prominently known as the chairman of VaynerX and CEO of VaynerMedia.

But that’s not all! He is also a successful entrepreneur, speaker, author, and an elite internet personality.

Vaynerchuck in 2015.
Vaynerchuck in 2015.

Moreover, this social media influencer emphasizes sharing ideas on business mainly through his podcast and YouTube channel.

A true entrepreneur at heart, he builds numerous businesses and has been an active investor at big companies like Facebook, Tumblr, Uber, Snapchat, Venmo, and Coinbase.

Likewise, his podcast “The GaryVee Audio Experience” ranks among the top podcasts globally.

Besides, he is also a New York Times best-selling author and one of the most sought-after public speakers with a current net worth of $200 million.

 2. Eric Thomas

Eric D. Thomas is an American motivational speaker, critically acclaimed author, educator, pastor, and Audie Awards Finalist.

Born on September 3rd, 1970, he is undoubtedly the epitome of hustle, drive, determination, and success.

Eric Thomas.
Eric Thomas.

Despite various misfortunes that he had to face from a young age, from poverty to homelessness, he still became one of the successful people in his field.

Also known as the hip-hop preacher, he believes that overcoming obstacles in life is how you measure success.

Whether it’s athletes, businessmen, politicians, or even millionaires, Thomas has positively impacted all of them.

Moreover, he has written five books and prominently uses YouTube as a platform to share his ideas and principles.

Eric Thomas has an estimated net worth of $5 million.

1.  Tony Robbins

On the first spot, we have Tony Robbins, one of the most influential personalities worldwide.

Born in 1960, he is a leading entrepreneur, philanthropist, author, speaker, and business strategist.

Tony Robbins in 2009.
Tony Robbins in 2009.

Likewise, Robbins had a long career of 4 and a half decades through which he achieved it all.

From inspiring people with his warmth, humor, and transformational business ideas and strategies to working with many renowned celebrities.

“The past does not equal the future.”

Tony Robbins

Moreover, as an author, he has precisely written self-help books such as Unlimited Power and Awaken The Giant Within.

Talking about his philanthropy, Robbins initiated the “Tony Robbins Foundation,” helping youths across the country tackle many problems that they face.

In addition to that, he is the chairman of a holding company comprised of more than 70 privately held businesses with combined sales exceeding $6 billion annually.

Currently, he has a whopping net worth of $500 million, making him the richest motivational speaker so far.


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