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.
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.
I think everyone has probably heard of Warren Buffett, the Oracle of Omaha. His financial prowess is known the world over. But have you ever heard of the Oracle of Buffalo? No? Well you are going to now!
Meet Stephanie Mucha. This 100 year old lady is such an investment whiz that she has earned the nickname of the Oracle of Buffalo. Quite a compliment since it is a take on the nickname of the Oracle of Omaha himself. She has even had an article written about her in a premier investing publication.
Stephanie doesn’t give a lot of financial advice but she does have a wise word about facing life’s difficulties and challenges, “Keep a stiff upper lip.” I would also have to add, “and invest wisely”. I think these two things are truly the recipe for her success.
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!
The long time Newcomb New York business owner loved his community. In fact, his family had been an integral part of the community since its early beginnings. So it was no surprise that this generous man left a legacy that would be used to preserve Newcomb’s history and legacy for generations to come.