If you have to ask, it's probably not going to happen to you. I don't know at what stage in life you are, but if you're young, start by getting a good education IN A FIELD WHICH PAYS WELL. Forget about the humanities or social studies. Thinks about medicine, engineering, finance, science, etc. Get your degree and seek out a well paying job, or if you have an idea and the gumption, start your own business, that's how most people become rich. Whether you have your ow business or work for someone else, become the best you can be. Become indispensable in the job you do or the service or product you provide. All the while live within your means. Spend less than you earn. Invest the rest wisely, as much as you can in tax advantaged accounts. This strategy may not make you as rich as the people you see on TV, but you should find yourself pretty well off. Good luck.