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.
I think everyone has probably heard of Warren Buffett, the Oracle of Omaha. His 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.
Our cousins over in the U.K. seem to be experiencing the Surprise Millionaire 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?
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!
In honor of Memorial Day I wanted to honor one of our many Surprise Millionaires who served our country both during times of war and peace. Thank you to all of our servicemen and women and the sacrifices they make to keep our country safe!
No, don’t let the title fool you. The millionaire in question was not some corporate titan or Hollywood celebrity flying the friendly skies in first class. Oh no, this millionaire was the flight attendant who served them!
Read more about her legacy at the York County Community Foundation (YCCF).