Mark Victor Hansen is a veteran Business Thought Leader who draws from his mega success to empower audiences to become better leaders and entrepreneurs, as well as better people. Affectionately called America’s “Ambassador of Possibility,” Hansen’s life mission is to awaken the possibility in every soul. An internationally known speaker, Hansen co-founded Chicken Soup for the Soul® along with Jack Canfield, as a way to share motivational anecdotes with people all over the world.
The Chicken Soup for the Soul story began in 1990 when Hansen and Canfield decided their inspirational stories used in key-note speeches deserved to be shared with larger audiences. With a goal of 101 stories, they turned to the professional-speaker community and asked them to contribute their favorite story of ordinary people doing extraordinary things. The two were soon inundated with exceptional accounts, and the original Chicken Soup for the Soul book was born.
Since 1993, books in the Chicken Soup for the Soul series have sold over 112 million copies in the US and Canada alone, with titles translated into 40 languages. Hansen, with Canfield, holds the record in The Guinness Book of World Records for having the most books on the New York Times bestseller list at one time. Hansen’s powerful messages of possibility, opportunity and action have created powerful change in thousands of organizations and millions of individuals worldwide. In addition to the Chicken Soup for the Soul series, he is a prolific writer with many bestselling books, such as The One Minute Millionaire, Cracking the Millionaire Code, How to Make the Rest of Your Life the Best of Your Life, The Power of Focus, The Aladdin Factor and Dare to Win.
Hansen has had a profound influence in the field of human potential through his library of audios, videos and articles in the areas of big thinking, sales achievement, wealth building, publishing success and personal and professional development.
As founder of the MEGA Seminar Series, Hansen hosts MEGA Book Marketing University and Building Your MEGA Speaking Empire. Through these annual conferences, Hansen coaches aspiring authors, speakers and experts on building lucrative publishing and speaking careers. Other MEGA events include MEGA Info-Marketing and My MEGA Life.
Hansen has appeared on “Oprah,” CNN and “The Today Show.” In addition, he has been featured in Time, U.S. News & World Report, USA Today, The New York Times and Entrepreneur and has had countless radio interviews, encouraging worldwide audiences that “you can easily create the life you deserve.”
A philanthropist and humanitarian, Hansen works tirelessly for organizations such as Habitat for Humanity, American Red Cross, March of Dimes, Childhelp USA and many others. He is the recipient of numerous awards that honor his entrepreneurial spirit, philanthropic heart and business acumen. He is a lifetime member of the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans, an organization that honored Hansen with the prestigious Horatio Alger Award.