One Of My Originals

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.

 

A Surprise Millionaire From Singapore!

It seems the island nation of Singapore is now experiencing the Surprise MillionaireSingapore Money phenomenon.  Loh Kum Mow, a local sub-accountant (i.e. junior accountant) passed away in 2016 at the age of 89. Coming from humble beginnings, this gentleman made his way in the world grasping every opportunity that came his way. By combining those opportunities with some super saving and investing, not to mention frugality, Mr. Loh managed to accumulate quite a nest egg throughout his life. So much so that his friends and loved ones were shocked to learn that this quiet, unassuming man had amassed a $20 million estate! However, Mr. Loh’s wealth accumulation skills could not outshine his giving. In addition to assisting family members throughout his life, Mr. Loh also left millions to charity. What a great tribute to a hard-working gentleman who lived an exemplary life!

A Soldier’s True Homecoming

Steve Williams (2)According to his family, Vietnam War vet Steven Williams lived the frugal life of a bachelor. Fond of golf, travel and investing, Steve worked for the same company for over 30 years saving and investing all the while.

Like most servicemen involved in the Vietnam conflict, Steve did not receive the homecoming afforded to veterans of previous wars. However, all that has now changed.

Upon Steve’s passing in 2018, the Minnesota Veterans Home was thrilled to receive a nearly $3 million bequest from Steve’s $14 million estate!

Thanks to Steve’s generosity, countless Veterans will be afforded the care they so rightly deserve. The Gov. of Minnesota must have been impressed as well.  So much so that he declared a specific “Steve Williams Day” in honor of the gift. Thankfully, this soldier and Surprise Millionaire finally received the recognition he so greatly deserved.

Those Thrifty Scots

This week’s Surprise Millionaire is a quiet, retired teacher in Glasgow Scotland. When Scotland (2)Grahame Pincock age 90 passed away in 2017, his friends and neighbors were shocked to learn that the unassuming bachelor had secretly amassed a seven million pound estate through thriftiness and investing. Mr. Pincock chose to bless his community by leaving hundreds of thousands to cancer charities as well as setting up a separate trust to help those in need.

We have had one or two other Surprise Millionaires from Scotland in recent memory. I think all of those stories about the “thrifty scots” just might be true!

Throwing a Lifeline

A Surprise Millionaire leaves a lifeline to a local institution that functioned as a lifeline to Flemington Library (2)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.