This hometown hero and Surprise Millionaire astounded his small Iowa community by leaving them his entire estate totaling $5.7 million! The only stipulation the local clothier made was that the funds be used to improve and beautify the slowly fading town. And what do you suppose they chose as the first project for their significant windfall? How about building the world’s biggest popcorn ball!
We have often spoke of the surprise many people have upon finding out that a quiet unassuming friend or neighbor has amassed a fortune. But what a double shock it would be to find out that those same quiet unassuming people were not only millionaires but also well-known insiders in the hip and avant garde New York City art world!
That’s right, Art was the investment vehicle they used to make millions while also giving them an amazing social life along the way. And this from a man who never earned more than $23,000 a year!
Take a tour of the Vogel Collection and learn about the amazing lives of Herbert and Dorothy Vogel.
While I am not in agreement with everything Mr. Thoreau said or wrote, this quote is spot on for the potential Surprise Millionaires out there.
Melvin and Kathryn Johnson grew up during a time when educational opportunities were hard to come by; especially when you were trying to make a living and put food on the table. That is why their recent gifts to the Yellowstone Boys & Girls Ranch as well as their local school districts made such a lasting impression. It is people (and Surprise Millionaires) like these folks that make me hopeful for the future!
The citizens of northwest Oklahoma can be proud to count Vera Mae Eversole as one of their own. A former school teacher, animal lover, choir member and caretaker for her mother and brother, Vera displayed the kind of attributes that make the people of Oklahoma one of a kind. This Surprise Millionaire didn’t even let her attorney in on the secret of her net worth. She let her last will and testament do the talking for her!