I have linked to the news report here.
The New York Times published a recent article profiling individuals that I would classify as Surprise Millionaires. I thought this was just our secret! I guess the word is getting out.
Barbara Dodd Anderson was very wealthy; I mean VERY wealthy. Her father was one of Warren Buffet’s earliest investors which paid off big for the family and it also allowed Barbara to attend private school among other things. However, as you will see in the 2007 video below, Barbara didn’t live an opulent lifestyle even though she could.
She kept her middle-class values of hard work and giving back to others which seemed to give her a very happy life. Mrs. Anderson passed away in 2010 with the bulk of her estate going to her alma mater. There is a lesson to be learned here by all of us potential Surprise Millionaires.
I am so inspired by this man’s story! Live simply, quietly and frugally and look for quality over quantity. You will have a happy life (and just might become a Surprise Millionaire in the end :))