Farrah Gray, the author of Reallionaire: Nine Steps to Becoming Rich From the Inside Out, was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Allen University. At age 21, it is believed that Gray is the youngest African American ever to be awarded an honorary degree from a black college or university.

Gray began his career at age 6 selling painted rocks and body lotion door to door. By age 12 he was commanding $5,000 fees for inspirational speaking engagements. At age 13 he founded his own specialty food company, which he sold two years later for more than $1 million.