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 Australian National University was recently shocked to learn that they are the beneficiaries of a portion of the $22 million fortune amassed by a quiet and frugal couple.
Bruce and Jenny Pryor lived a quiet life and were known for their generous and humble natures. So it was very concerning to friends and family when they learned that both the Pryors were suffering from auto-immune disorders later in life. However, true to form, the Pryors bore these life-altering conditions with the same quite and humble demeanor which had become their trademark.
Unfortunately, both Bruce and Jenny lost their battle to their respective diseases in 2017. However, not long after it was discovered that the Pryors, in addition to being humble, were also multi-millionaires who had left a $10 million bequest from their secret fortune to the Australian National University for the study of auto-immune disorders. Not to be outdone, the University of Sydney can boast of a $12 million bequest left by the Pryors as well.
Relatives relate that it was the wish of the Pryors to empower and give researchers the tools they need to find cures for auto-immune disorders. Once again, we have a lasting legacy left by the Surprise Millionaires.
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.
Whether inspired by his family or all on his own, Bill Crosetto has made a lasting contribution to the community he loved.
I have always known it to be true but now there appears to be some proof. The more thrifty a person is has a direct correlation to their happiness and life satisfaction. At least according to this article and the poll they reference. Now we know why our Surprise Millionaires always seem like such happy and content people!
Whenever I think I have discovered all of the interesting Surprise Millionaires out there, I discover another! While all of our Surprise Millionaires are interesting in their own way, occasionally I run across one who is outstanding. Ted Nash definitely belongs in this category. A man with the express purpose of becoming a millionaire in order to help make the world a better place. Now that’s something I think we can all get behind!