This hometown hero and Surprise Millionaire astounded his small Iowa community by leaving them his entire estate totaling $5.7 million! The only stipulation the local clothier made was that the funds be used to improve and beautify the slowly fading town. And what do you suppose they chose as the first project for their significant windfall? How about building the world’s biggest popcorn ball!
The shoe salesman lived a quiet, unassuming life and upon his death left a lasting legacy to his community. But, was he the true Surprise Millionaire in this story or could it be someone else? To get the answer to that, you will have to read the story.
We have often spoke of the surprise many people have upon finding out that a quiet unassuming friend or neighbor has amassed a fortune. But what a double shock it would be to find out that those same quiet unassuming people were not only millionaires but also well-known insiders in the hip and avant garde New York City art world!
That’s right, Art was the investment vehicle they used to make millions while also giving them an amazing social life along the way. And this from a man who never earned more than $23,000 a year!
Take a tour of the Vogel Collection and learn about the amazing lives of Herbert and Dorothy Vogel.