Some of you might remember the little man at the corner store, Leonard Gigowski, the Milwaukee resident with the amazing knack for growing and maintaining wealth. Well, I was amazed when I recently found another story about a Surprise Millionaire who lived an almost identical life! Buffalo’s Waldemar Kaminski was also the sole proprietor of a corner store just like Mr. Gigowski, both men were butchers by trade, unmarried and of polish heritage. But most importantly, both men exhibited the Surprise Millionaire virtues of frugality and consistent, long-term investing. It should also be noted that both men loved their respective communities and wanted to leave a lasting legacy which they both did in amazing ways!
Meet Waldemar Kaminski:
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.
I think we can all agree that when stress takes it’s toll on our lives it is nice to have a place to recharge our batteries. For many of us a long walk in nature where we can quietly pray or contemplate is the perfect therapy. This was certainly the case for today’s Surprise Millionaire John Repetski.
The retired western New York auto worker walked the grounds of his assisted living apartment complex every day that weather allowed. So it was only natural that part of his nearly $3 million estate was used to widen and extend the existing “friendship path” at his senior living facility to give access to more residents.
Read more about Mr. Repetski here