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:
The Australian National University was recently shocked to learn that they are the beneficiaries of a portion of the $22 million fortune amassed by a quiet and frugal couple.
Bruce and Jenny Pryor lived a quiet life and were known for their generous and humble natures. So it was very concerning to friends and family when they learned that both the Pryors were suffering from auto-immune disorders later in life. However, true to form, the Pryors bore these life-altering conditions with the same quite and humble demeanor which had become their trademark.
Unfortunately, both Bruce and Jenny lost their battle to their respective diseases in 2017. However, not long after it was discovered that the Pryors, in addition to being humble, were also multi-millionaires who had left a $10 million bequest from their secret fortune to the Australian National University for the study of auto-immune disorders. Not to be outdone, the University of Sydney can boast of a $12 million bequest left by the Pryors as well.
Relatives relate that it was the wish of the Pryors to empower and give researchers the tools they need to find cures for auto-immune disorders. Once again, we have a lasting legacy left by the Surprise Millionaires.
Norma and Angus Beaton were two of my original Surprise Millionaires (you can find more like them in my book). I happened across a video regarding these fine people and the generous gift of their entire life savings left to charity. It was a real walk down memory lane for me and I hope for you too.
I love it when Surprise Millionaires with their lives of frugality and wealth accumulation get some positive press. It looks like Thrive Global has done just that. I was especially pleased to see that not one, two, three, but FOUR of our Surprise Millionaires received an honorable mention!
A Surprise Millionaire leaves a lifeline to a local institution that functioned as a lifeline to her over the years. Flemington New Jersey resident, Jane Kitchin, loved her local library. As the elderly lady’s health declined during her final years, it was the local library staff who brought and retrieved books from Kitchen’s home. Thus keeping her mind and spirit engaged with the world around her through the wonder of books. That’s why it was very special that Jane remembered the library with a portion of her multi-million dollar estate. Yes, this frugal lady left a legacy to an institution that meant so much to her and the community.