Another eccentric, wise and wonderful Surprise Millionaire has left her mark on the people and community in which she lived. Kathy Kinnicutt may have descended from an old New England family, but she was no trust fund baby. In fact, she was even known to have received some charitable help in her earlier days. No, Kathy accumulated her wealth the Surprise Millionaire way; through hard work, frugality and wise investing. And like the Surprise Millionaire she was, Kathy shocked both friends and family with her generous charitable gift.
An enterprising math teacher thought of an inventive way to teach his students exactly what a “million” meant. This is just one of the many ways this dedicated teacher, train engineer and business owner found to help his students, both past and present, as well as the community of Winona Minnesota at large. Is it any “surprise” that this unassuming man would turn out to be a very wealthy man? If you are a regular reader of this blog I think you know the answer to that!
This week I am very proud to feature a true Surprise Millionaire from my Alma mater, Missouri State University. This millionaire was neither a student nor professor at the university but rather a hard working secretary. From her homemade clothing to her modest demeanor, no one would have guessed she would one day be a major benefactor to the institution she had given so much of her life to.
Long before the debit card changed the landscape of the financial industry, check printing was a business that thrived in America. While today, most millennials would be hard pressed to describe the purpose and use of the paper check, it was a staple in the lives of most people during the 20th Century. Which brings me to the story of a most enterprising young lady who got in on the ground floor of this emerging industry. And how some simple stock purchases grew to make this young lady a “Surprise Millionaire Deluxe” .
A one time farmer and sporting goods store manager gives back to small communities in his area. His frugality and wise investing allows him to bless others with the fruits of his labor. Though he lives a nondescript middle-class lifestyle, he gives like the millionaire he is. Mr. Paulson is an inspiration and very fitting of the title “Surprise Millionaire”.
A word to the wise for all of you potential Surprise Millionaires out there. When you leave a bequest to a church, charity or organization, please make sure that entity actually exists! A couple of Surprise Millionaires in Virginia did not follow this advice and left a few unforeseen entanglements behind.
After smallivy’s reaction to my last post, I thought I had better go with something more uplifting this week. So how about an elderly gentleman who has donated over $400,000 to local Georgia charities simply by using money he earned from recycling! That’s right, bottles, paper and pennies were used to accumulate wealth that has blessed countless people over the years.
Once again I have to stress that “anyone can accumulate wealth”! Even with an often overlooked source of income like recycling.