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!
A word to the wise for all of you potential Surprise Millionaires out there. When you leave a bequest to a church, charity or organization, please make sure that entity actually exists! A couple of Surprise Millionaires in Virginia did not follow this advice and left a few unforeseen entanglements behind.
We had an interesting discussion today at breakfast. My daughter was talking about one of her friends who was “really rich.” She talked about how her father was a heart surgeon, that they lived in a big house, and how she was always bringing new things to school. These are the types of things that people […]
What would you be tempted to do if you inherited a small sum of money? Pay off some bills? Buy a new car? What if you did nothing with it, except maybe invest it? And what if you never touched that money and left it to one of your children and they did the same thing? Well if you did, you would be just like the Curtis family.
Retired school teacher Barbara Curtis inherited that aforementioned small sum from her father who had inherited it prior to her. Barbara, known for her frugality knew just what to do with her little windfall and the results were amazing!
The house had stood on South Broadway in St. Louis for decades and it had been in the family since 1951. It really wasn’t much to look at; this house from another era. In fact, it sold for just $30,000 in 2013. But oh what stories its walls would tell if they could! Tales of a family barely scraping by, trying to make ends meet. Or of a loving and dutiful son who put his family’s well-being ahead of his own. It is the tale of an American family who not only survived but thrived through adversity. And for that dutiful son, it was a story of hard work, frugality and wise investing that enabled him to “surprise” everyone…