Judging the Surprise Millionaire

A word of caution to all of you potential Surprise Millionaires out there; not everyone is going to understand your values or goals of wealth accumulation, security, and philanthropy.

It appears that the news outlets didn’t understand George Konnight either; a man who passed away in 2014 with a more than $3 million estate.

Mr. Konnight was described as a “recluse” living in a “battered” house who was actually found to be a millionaire.  They described the man as a poorly dressed hermit living a life of poverty while sitting on top of millions.  They also supplied pictures to prove it.    Konnight

However, I see something completely different in those pictures.  I see a man who was dressed comfortably for a rural northern lifestyle living on a beautiful well-maintained wooded property.   Though they claimed the house had no heat, the pictures make it obvious that the home most likely contained a wood burning stove; not practical for New York City but very common further north.

This gentleman was elderly and most probably found it difficult to obtain replacement items for his household (such as lightbulbs) but by no means was he living a substandard lifestyle as proclaimed by the news story. Konnight Property

Until the news media does a better job of reporting on these individuals, the Surprise Millionaires will continue to be a misunderstood bunch.

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It’s My 99th Post !!

99 birthday

And just why am I celebrating, of all things, my 99th post?  Because I have given the honor of the 100th post to my daughter Kelsey.  A recent college grad and new to the workforce, Kelsey will be posting on why she thinks millennials will never become Surprise Millionaires (say it isn’t so!).

Kelsey is responsible for the overall look and branding of the website and related Twitter account for the Surprise Millionaires.  I’m very interested in getting her generation’s perspective on wealth accumulation and setting long-term financial goals.  Check back to see her post next week.

Surprise Millionaire Controversy!

A Surprise Millionaire Controversy in New Hampshire!  Two wills, two attorneys and a host of beneficiaries are all vying for an elderly lady’s $1 million estate.   My advice to our Surprise Millionaires is to make your wishes known early, make it legal and binding and don’t change your mind if you can avoid it!

I’m sure this poor lady’s estate will be decimated by the time this is all settled.  Link