Land .. the original investment vehicle and still a great way to become the Surprise Millionaire in the many farming communities dotting our great nation. Millicent Atkins who lived in and around the small farming communities of South Dakota all of her life evidently knew this fact. So much so, that the public was astounded to learn the wealth she left behind put her in league with the likes of Mark Zuckerberg and Michael Bloomberg as one of the top 50 Americans who donated the most money in 2013!
This from a lady who flew so far under the radar she could frequently be seen visiting her bank wearing the same old farm clothes she had worn earlier that day managing her farmland. This same frugal and business minded lady grew her land holdings to a total of 4000 acres at the time of her passing making her a true land baron as well as one of the biggest philanthropists around!
A retired math teacher and peanut farmer helps to make college a little more accessible and affordable for Florida students.
A retired school teacher and wheat farmer caused quite a stir in her Western Oklahoma community when she remembered some important causes in her will. Wheat wasn’t the only thing she was growing on that farm. She had a nice nest egg as well!
This one is a tearjerker. I challenge you not to be moved by the story of this Surprise Millionaire’s life who gave it all away for the love of his life…
The young man looked out over the frozen Wyoming landscape dotted with scrubbrush growing from rocky soil. This land was now his, but could he make something of it? If he planted something, would it grow? Could he make it on nothing but hard work and determination? Yes. Yes he could.
Reverend Vertue Sharp was a Methodist minister and farmer who lived his life by the words of Jesus in Matthew 25 in which we are taught that whatever we do for the “least of these” we do for him.
Reverend Sharp sought to live out this teaching by leaving his estate of $2 million to two eastern Tennessee area hospitals upon is death in 1999 at the age of 94. Reverend Sharp accumulated his wealth thanks to wise investing, frugal living, and the sale of his farm.
Thanks to Vertue Sharp and his selfless generosity, many of eastern Tennessee’s most vulnerable residents will receive the care and attention they need to live healthy and happy lives. Another Surprise Millionaire lives out their life’s mission by helping others in their community.
Another classic! I found this news segment regarding one of my early Surprise Millionaires Loren Krueger. This story of giving and “paying it forward” resonated with so many people when I first published my post, that I wanted to bring the related video to your attention as well. It’s a very heartwarming story.