BUSINESS SUCCESS STORY AND MILLIONAIRE STEVE KAPLAN STAYS CLOSE TO HOME
AS HE DONATES SOME OF HIS FORTUNE, ON ABC'S "SECRET MILLIONAIRE"
"Steve Kaplan: Chicago, IL" -- On this week's episode of "Secret Millionaire," self-made multi-millionaire and author Steve Kaplan will travel locally via the famous "El" from his luxury home and lifestyle to the south-side of Chicago, an area stricken by gang violence, poverty and despair. During his weeklong stay, Kaplan will try to survive on the equivalent of welfare assistance. Leaving his teenage children and sheltered life behind, he will seek out deserving people and organizations that are making a real difference in the community -- including an after-school program to keep children off the streets, a low-income senior citizen living community, and a charity that collects everyday items to give to those less fortunate -- and ultimately surprise these heroes with donations of hundreds of thousands of dollars from his own bank account, on "Secret Millionaire" SUNDAY, JULY 1 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET) on The ABC Television Network.
Steve Kaplan is a self-made multi-millionaire and has made over 100 additional people millionaires in their own right. He is one of the world's leading experts on success and achievement.
A two-time New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Business Week and USA Today bestselling author, Kaplan's hands-on innovative approaches to success have helped empower and inspire tens of thousands of men and women around the globe. He regularly appears on a variety of media to discuss his experiences and help others achieve success. His books, consulting sessions and keynotes are full of proven tactics, tools and techniques to help people realize their passions and small businesses improve. Kaplan currently owns several businesses, including Steve Kaplan Live, and has served on the Executive Committee for EuroRSCG, which sets strategy for its 176-company advertising agency conglomerate. His savvy for no-nonsense strategy has elevated many individuals and companies to become market leaders.
Both in and outside of business, Kaplan believes that life should be an adventure, pursued with passion and vigor. Some of the adventures he has been fortunate enough to experience include: scuba diving with hammerhead sharks off the Galapagos Islands and Coco Island; running with the bulls in Pamplona, Spain; gorilla trekking in the Congo; body sledging in New Zealand; white-water rafting; hot-air ballooning over the Masai Mara, and rappelling down water falls in Costa Rica. Recently Kaplan completed a climb to the peak of Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest freestanding mountain in the world. It is this infectious passion and determination that has impacted every individual and business he's touched. See more at www.stevekaplanlive.com.
Based on the hit UK series of the same name, each episode of "Secret Millionaire" follows one of America's most successful business people for one week as they leave behind their lavish lifestyles, sprawling mansions and luxury jets, conceal their true identities, and go to live and volunteer in some of the most impoverished and dangerous neighborhoods in the country. Their mission is to discover deserving individuals who continually sacrifice everything to help those in need, and ultimately encourage others to do the same. Throughout this incredible, life-changing experience, the Secret Millionaires attempt to remain undiscovered, coming face to face with extraordinary people battling the odds every day of their lives. On the final day, in an emotional and dramatic climax, they reveal their true identities. Ultimately, the millionaires each give away a great deal of their own money, changing lives forever and encouraging others to keep giving back.
Narrated by accomplished actor Blair Underwood, "Secret Millionaire" is executive-produced by Natalka Znak, Claire O'Donohoe, Grant Mansfield and Leslie Garvin. Paul Osborne is co-executive producer. The series is a Zodiak USA Production. Zodiak USA is the North American operations for Zodiak Media, one of the world's leading creators, producers and distributors of content for TV, film, radio and new media. Zodiak USA's credits include "Celebrity Wife Swap" (ABC), "Secret Millionaire" (ABC), "Hardcore Pawn" (truTV),"Lizard Lick Towing" (truTV) and the upcoming "Killer Karaoke"(truTV), hosted by Steve-O. Zodiak Media consists of 45 production companies with a presence in 20 countries, including the U.S., the UK, France, Italy, Spain, Scandinavia and Russia. The Group also incorporates an international distribution business based in London and Paris whose catalog boasts over 15,000 hours of content.
"Secret Millionaire" is broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC's selected HDTV format with a 5.1 channel surround sound. A TV parental guideline will be assigned closer to airdate.