Not The Only Billionaire In Omaha

There are few people who have not heard of billionaire and financial wizard Warren Walter Scott (2)Buffett. Mr. Buffett’s name is almost synonymous with wealth accumulation and american entrepreneurship.  It can also be said that he put his hometown of Omaha Nebraska on the map.

But did you know that Omaha is home to another billionaire?  This quiet and humble man has been making a difference in the local community for years, but few know his name.

Meet retired construction executive and local philanthropist Walter Scott and prepare to be inspired:

 

Cattle Rancher Leaves Millions

“Crosetto led a simple and      conservative life”

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William “Bill” Crosetto of Othello Washington was a cattle rancher and all around good citizen.  A life-long bachelor, Bill lived a quiet life on his cattle ranch outside of town where his work ethic was well-known.  He lived the “early to bed/early to rise” conservative lifestyle of a rancher while still finding time to drive his weathered pickup truck to the local cafe to shoot the breeze with a handful of good friends.

This is why everyone in Othello was shocked to learn that this quiet, unpretentious man was actually a self-made millionaire!  It turns out that Bill had amassed his wealth in cattle ranching but super-sized it by living frugally.

Unknown to most, Bill had been working with a local foundation to set up a multimillion dollar legacy for his community.  After Bill’s passing this past January, his secret was revealed to all.

Where did Bill’s philanthropic streak come from, you might ask?  Many believe he was inspired by a well-known uncle or two.  This is a family with  philanthropy in their DNA.

Whether inspired by his family or all on his own, Bill Crosetto has made a lasting contribution to the community he loved.

A Millionaire Teacher At 46!

A short video about a frugal teacher who reached millionaire status. Very inspirational and interesting as he met a Surprise Millionaire early in life who inspired him to do the same. Wouldn’t it be something if all Surprise Millionaires taught or mentored others! This is just a short teaser. You can find a longer more indepth video here.

Scottish Gold

“Jane was never one for being front and centre and she was very frugal with her money and nobody could have guessed she was worth so much.”

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ThistleMrs. Jane Hutton from Aberdeen Scotland was known as a very frugal sort.  This animal lover and one-time secretary was never showy or sought to be in the spotlight.  In fact, she always took the background parts in the theatre group she belonged to.  No, Jane was content to spend her time with friends and enjoying low-cost and fun activities in her Northen Scottish city.  Thus she had all of the makings of a Surprise Millionaire!

 

 

A Secret Gift From a Secret Fortune

“Few realized the reclusive old man had quietly amassed a fortune.”

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Don Slaughter was a man with a secret.  Known as a quiet man who kept to himself, Mr. Slaughter lived outside of his Oregon community in a 100 year old farmhouse built by his parents.  An able and capable woodsman, Don loved the simple life spending much of his time in the forest and lands surrounding his property.  However, what no one knew is that Don owned all of that said land and much much more.  You might actually call Mr. Slaughter a land baron of sorts.  And what he did with this secret wealth is truly heart-warming.