Final Destination

The Wall Street crash of 1929, the world-wide crash of 1987 and theBumpy Road housing bubble burst of 2008.  Our Surprise Millionaires have lived through them all and still came out on top! Remember that consistent, long-term investing is the name of the game. The journey may provide a few unexpected bumps in the road but it is the final destination that counts!

The “Do It Yourself” Surprise Millionaire

It appears a Wyoming man made his own will in order to leave nothing to Tom Woodyard (2)chance.  Tom Woodyard of Riverton Wyoming knew that he was getting older and wanted to make sure that his wishes were known and carried out when his time came.  So, did Mr. Woodyard hire an attorney to hammer out the details?  Nope. This retired educator did it all himself!  He drafted a very detailed will in which he left his secret fortune to more charities than could be cataloged in a short blog post! Everyone from the Boy Scouts to hospices, fishing organizations to churches, can thank Tom Woodyard for his generous gifts. And thankfully, the courts determined this gentleman’s do it yourself will 100% legal and binding.  While I admire Mr. Woodyard’s do it yourself attitude, when we are dealing with such a large estate, it might be a good idea to get a little legal advice along the way.  Regardless, it looks like we have another inspiring Surprise Millionaire to add to our list!

A Surprise Donation To Help Our Four-Legged Friends

Retired art teacher and animal lover David Robert Wetzell left a surprise fortune to benefit the homeless animals of Champaign County Illinois.  Always an animal lover, Mr. Wetzell told a few trusted confidants of his plan to fund a no-kill shelter in his community.  I’m not certain, but I believe his friends and loved ones were probably shocked to learn of the wealth he had accumulated to accomplish the task!

This Is It, Folks!

This is it, folks! This is the exact kind of person I have been writing and blogging about these past few years.  A wonderful gentleman, with a well-maintained home, well-ordered life and very respected in his community, who has quietly gone about amassing a huge amount of wealth which he is using to benefit others.

For those naysayers who comment that these people are really missing out by not spending their wealth on themselves, watch this video. Tell me what this gentleman has missed out on? It seems to me that he hasn’t missed anything. He is actually living the subtitle of my book, “Ordinary People, Extraordinary Wealth”!