Two From Down Under

Pryors (2)The Australian National University was recently shocked to learn that they are the beneficiaries of a portion of the $22 million fortune amassed by a quiet and frugal couple.

Bruce and Jenny Pryor lived a quiet life and were known for their generous and humble natures. So it was very concerning to friends and family when they learned that both the Pryors were suffering from auto-immune disorders later in life. However, true to form, the Pryors bore these life-altering conditions with the same quite and humble demeanor which had become their trademark.

Unfortunately, both Bruce and Jenny lost their battle to their respective diseases in 2017. However, not long after it was discovered that the Pryors, in addition to being humble,  were also multi-millionaires who had left a $10 million bequest from their secret fortune to the Australian National University for the study of auto-immune disorders. Not to be outdone, the University of Sydney can boast of a $12 million bequest left by the Pryors as well.

Relatives relate that it was the wish of the Pryors to empower and give researchers the tools they need to find cures for auto-immune disorders.  Once again, we have a lasting legacy left by the Surprise Millionaires.

Early Financial Trailblazers

Orville Rogers (2)It is interesting to note that long before there were company-sponsored 401k plans when most retirees relied upon social security and hopefully a company pension during their later years, our Surprise Millionaires were bucking the system taking it upon themselves to save and invest for retirement.  Today’s Surprise Millionaire is an excellent example of this truth.  Read about Orville Rogers who is enjoying his fourth decade of a comfortable retirement due to his early and consistent saving and investing.

A Better Life In The Ozarks

I found this awesome video of a man who worked for 40 years at a Sears Department Store in the Missouri Ozarks.  By living a frugal lifestyle and investing wisely, he was able to leave a $1 million gift to benefit the surrounding communities.