Melvin and Kathryn Johnson grew up during a time when educational opportunities were hard to come by; especially when you were trying to make a living and put food on the table. That is why their recent gifts to the Yellowstone Boys & Girls Ranch as well as their local school districts made such a lasting impression. It is people (and Surprise Millionaires) like these folks that make me hopeful for the future!
Edward Daken amassed quite a fortune through hard work, frugal living and wise investing. However, unlike other surprise millionaires, Mr. Daken amassed his wealth for the express purpose of leaving it to worthwhile causes. It seems that years ago Mr. Daken read a story about another gentleman who amassed wealth through frugality leaving his wealth to a local school district. Mr. Daken must have thought, “if he can do it, so can I”. And then … he DID!