“Where did the wealth come from? Hard work, thriftiness and smart investing throughout her life …”
Seventeen Washington State community colleges will share in the $10 million estate amassed by Surprise Millionaire, Eva Gordon. Raised on an apple orchard in Eugene Oregon during the Great Depression, Mrs. Gordon knew what it was like to do without. That’s why, when she later got a job as a trading assistant at an investment firm in Seattle, she learned all she could about investing and wealth accumulation.
She squirreled away every extra dollar she could to invest in blue-chip stocks that would pay her handsome dividends in the years to come. And pay off they did. Thanks to her early hard work, thriftiness and smart investing Mrs. Gordon was able to live her later years in comfort and leave quite a bit for some deserving institutions as well.
I happened across an article recently regarding “Secrets Of Your Millionaire Neighbor” and decided to have a look. I was pleased to see that I agreed with almost all of the “secrets” they revealed. The phenomenon of the “Surprise Millionaire” seems to be working its way into the public discourse which I couldn’t be more happy about!
A quiet Mississippian who lived an ordinary life has left a wonderful gift to a struggling school district. His family states that he was just a simple man who wanted to help kids. I believe he was an extraordinary individual with a vision!
Meet Mr. Darrell Saucier:
The Surprise Millionaires are at it again! It seems like every year we hear about a sizable donation anonymously left in one of those little red kettles that are synonymous with the holiday season. It appears this year is no different. A Salvation Army kettle in the Rochester Minnesota area was the recipient of a surprise donation that will help make the holidays a little brighter for those in need.
Betty Nixon of Windsor, Ontario who recently passed away at the age of 89 left her secret $800,000 fortune to eight deserving charities. Known as an avid golfer and bridge player, this Surprise Millionaire was also a vibrant woman of faith who spent her free time making the lives of nursing home residents a little brighter as well as donating quilts to charity through her church group. Betty also had a heart for helping those in need beyond her Windsor community. That is why one of the recipients of her charitable donation involves both medical and clean water projects in Ghana. Betty was always one to lend a helping hand and through her donations, that legacy will continue.
Through shrewd investing, a Northern Idaho native was able to transform a small inheritance into a $12 million estate which is now used to benefit the underserved communities in the Silver Valley area of Northern Idaho. Margaret Featherstone Galbraith believed that the Inland Northwest Community Foundation (Innovia Foundation) would be the best place to leave her estate as a means to distribute grant money to deserving charities and causes in the surrounding area. Margaret left this amazing gift back in 2005 which would be the largest ever received by Innovia. Thanks to Margaret, youth programs, conservation efforts and overall improvement programs for the Northern Idaho area have received a boost through Innovia’s grant money. It would also appear that Margaret’s generous gift started a tradition in the area with several other residents following her lead. Take a look at the wonderful work Innovia provides due to the help of Margaret and so many others:
A Surprise Millionaire makes the local news in Cincinnati Ohio. Meet the very wonderful Barbara Ebel!
John Shephard was a shy and quiet man happy to spend his time among the historical exhibits of the museum he so tirelessly curated. Fond of reading and classical music, Mr. Shephard lived a quiet and simple life centered around the arts and the museum that he loved. What few people knew was that Mr. Shephard had another hobby that paid off quite well; namely saving and investing his money. Upon his death in 2003, it was no surprise that Mr. Shephard left his substantial life savings to the museum. Apparently, his estate was so substantial that the museum was able to transfer a portion of the funds to a local foundation to help the community as a whole. Another inspiring story to add to our Surprise Millionaire collection!
The Surprise Millionaires from Aberdeen(shire) Scotland just keep on coming! I have now learned about Jean Alexander, a retired midwife and newborn health visitor who left an impressive 1.6 million pound estate to the Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society of Scotland in honor of her late mother. The MS Society reports that they hope to use part of the donation to develop a program to assist caregivers of loved ones with MS just like Jean was at one time. A Surprise Millionaire leaves a powerful gift to help those who find themselves in one of life’s greatest challenges, what could be more wonderful than that?