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About Gavin De Becker

security specialist & well known American author

Gavin De Becker, is a security specialist and founder of Gavin de Becker and Associates.

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What is Gavin De Becker’s Net Worth

$15 Million Dollars

When was Gavin Born

26 October 1954

Introduction to Gavin De Becker My Story

Gavin, is a security specialist and founder of Gavin de Becker and Associates. The 65 year-old, born on 26 October 1954, is also a well known American author.

He is most known for his books and being a bestselling author of the book, The Gift of Fear: Survival Signs That Protect Us From Violence published in 1997. Gavin is also regarded nationally as a leading expert for public figures protection. He has had three presidential appointments due to his work for the prevention and prediction of violence.

“Believing that others will reacts we would is the single most dangerous myth of intervention” – Gavin De Becker

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Gavin De Becker Personal History

Gavin De Becker had a difficult upbringing with a poor and violent start, he attended Tony Beverly Hills High School. When Gavin was just 10 years old he witnessed his mum shooting his stepdad, his young 2 year old sister was asleep in a bedroom nearby. At 16 years old, his drug addict mum committed suicide.

It could be suggested that Gavins childhood influenced his decision to go into the role that he did. This was further influenced through the trauma of President John F. Kennedys assassination. In 1989, Gavin told the Times that the John F Kennedy assasination memory carried through to his own work in protecting authoritative figures and his writing.

After his mums suicide, Gavin found himself meeting several public figures. He moved to live with a classmate, Miguel Ferrer and his family, Rosemary Clooney (singer) and Jose Ferrer (actor). De Becker was hired as Clooney’s road manager, this was a stepping stone in receiving other work with other public figures. In 1978, the Gavin De Becker and Associates firm was opened making it official. Becker had a deep understanding of the reasons why people get violent, this and connections with public figures allowed Gavin to become the star’s security guru.

De Becker is now 49 years old and spends a lot of his time at a Fiji retreat with his 7 adopted children.

Gavin De Becker Professional Career

Gavin De Becker is a successful American author, his most popular books include; The Gift of Fear: Survival Signals that Protect Us From Violence (1997). This book emphasises that everyone should understand and trust their gut instinct to protect themselves from harm and trauma by recognising warning signs and violent precursors. According to the New York Times bestsellers list this was a US number one.

Other books include;

  • Protecting the Gift: Keeping Children and Teenagers Safe (and Parents Sane) (1999).
  • Fear Less: Real Truth about Risk, Safety, and Security in a Time of Terrorism (2002).
  • Just 2 seconds: Using Time and Space to Defeat Assassins (2008). This has been reported as a useful guide that protectors of high risk people can use, it also includes five lessons relating to people charged with looking after others. In addition, the book has summaries of situations from past years for analysis and training. Jeff Marquart and Tom Taylor have co-written the book.

Gavin designed the MOSAIC system for threat assessment with the United States Marshals Service. This service uses threats screening to justices of courts, members of congresses and senior officials.

De Becker has appeared on many shows to share his philosophies relating to violence prevention. He has appeared on Larry King Live (2020), The Oprah Winfrey Show, the Waking up podcast by Sam Harris and 60 minutes, to name a few. In addition, he has been profiled within The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and Time and Newsweek as well as others.

Furthermore, Gavin has provided witness testimonies in several cases including the prosecuting on Arthur Jackson. As well as being an expert adviser for the O.J. Simpson case, this role has been described in many books relating to the O.J. Simpson case including Daniel Petrocellis book. De Becker also had links with Jeff Bezos in 2019, being his main security staffer when Saudi hack case emerged.

Gavin De Becker Teaching and Events

Assessment academy for advanced threat – Gavin De Becker and associates offers a 4 day training academy in threat management and assessment for schools, law enforcement and corporate security etc.

Customised assessment training for advanced threats- Based on the needs of clients, GDBA offers customised training for 1 to 2 days.

Prevention for active shooters – This training and consultation helps reduce the harm and likelihood of shooter situations. GDBA also offers organisations to develop procedures and policies to enhance the safety in a workplace.

Protectors academy – This includes surveillance detection and close protection techniques, experiencing simulated combat and stress inoculation.

In addition, Gavin has been an adviser of the resources for anti bullying.

Gavin De Becker Books & Publications

Gavin De Becker has written a number of best selling books

Self Help

The Gift of Fear

In this empowering book, Gavin de Becker, the man Oprah Winfrey calls the US’ leading expert on violent behaviour, shows you how to spot even subtle signs of danger – before it’s too late.

Self Help

Protecting the Gift

All parents face the same challenges when it comes to their children’s safety: whom to trust, whom to distrust, what to believe, what to doubt, what to fear, and what not to fear.

Self Help

Just 2 Seconds

Think of every assassination you’ve ever heard about. From start to finish, all of these attacks combined took place in less than one minute. And the hundreds of attacks studied for this book

What Can Gavin De Becker Do For You Personally







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