A Secret Gift From a Secret Fortune

“Few realized the reclusive old man had quietly amassed a fortune.”

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Don Slaughter was a man with a secret.  Known as a quiet man who kept to himself, Mr. Slaughter lived outside of his Oregon community in a 100 year old farmhouse built by his parents.  An able and capable woodsman, Don loved the simple life spending much of his time in the forest and lands surrounding his property.  However, what no one knew is that Don owned all of that said land and much much more.  You might actually call Mr. Slaughter a land baron of sorts.  And what he did with this secret wealth is truly heart-warming.

The First Generation All American!

“Jenny’s extraordinary gift to Williamsburg is rooted in a life of hard work and loving service.”

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Jenny Wible was a proud American with european roots. Born in Germany, Jenny immigrated to the United States after marrying a U.S. serviceman in the 1950s. As part of her American dream, Jenny would eventually  find herself working in of all places, Colonial Williamsburg, one of America’s founding communities.  And this frugal hard working American wanted to give back to her adopted country and community in a big way.

The Oracle of Buffalo

“Although adversity seemed to follow her, she eventually bounced back.”

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I think everyone has probably heard of Warren Buffett, the Oracle of Omaha.  His Stephanie Mucha (2)financial prowess is known the world over.  But have you ever heard of the Oracle of Buffalo?  No? Well you are going to now!

Meet Stephanie Mucha.  This 100 year old lady is such an investment whiz that she has earned the nickname of the Oracle of Buffalo.  Quite a compliment since it is a take on the nickname of the Oracle of Omaha himself.  She has even had an article written about her in a premier investing publication.

Stephanie doesn’t give a lot of financial advice but she does have a wise word about facing life’s difficulties and challenges, “Keep a stiff upper lip.”  I would also have to add, “and invest wisely”.  I think these two things are truly the recipe for her success.

One From Across The Pond

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Our cousins over in the U.K. seem to be experiencing the Surprise Millionaireunion jack phenomenon themselves.  A thrifty music teacher leaves a wonderful legacy to help children in Africa.  Thank you Helen Ruddock for your wonderful gift that will provide clean drinking water for thousands in sub-Saharan Africa!   I wonder, could the Surprise Millionaire phenomenon be going international?

The Consummate Professional

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Sylvia Bloom was a legal secretary who was described as a consummate professional by those who knew her.   She worked for the same law firm for 67 years until she retired at the ripe old age of 96!  But Sylvia the consummate professional had a secret.  During her early years, Sylvia’s job as a secretary included making personal investments for the partners of her law firm.  Whatever the law partners invested in, Sylvia invested in as well (in a smaller amount of course).  This turned out to be a great investment strategy, to the tune of $9 million!