A short video about a frugal teacher who reached millionaire status. Very inspirational and interesting as he met a Surprise Millionaire early in life who inspired him to do the same. Wouldn’t it be something if all Surprise Millionaires taught or mentored others! This is just a short teaser. You can find a longer more indepth video here.
“Jane was never one for being front and centre and she was very frugal with her money and nobody could have guessed she was worth so much.”
Mrs. Jane Hutton from Aberdeen Scotland was known as a very frugal sort. This animal lover and one-time secretary was never showy or sought to be in the spotlight. In fact, she always took the background parts in the theatre group she belonged to. No, Jane was content to spend her time with friends and enjoying low-cost and fun activities in her Northen Scottish city. Thus she had all of the makings of a Surprise Millionaire!
Jenny Wible was a proud American with european roots. Born in Germany, Jenny immigrated to the United States after marrying a U.S. serviceman in the 1950s. As part of her American dream, Jenny would eventually find herself working in of all places, Colonial Williamsburg, one of America’s founding communities. And this frugal hard working American wanted to give back to her adopted country and community in a big way.
Sylvia Bloom was a legal secretary who was described as a consummate professional by those who knew her. She worked for the same law firm for 67 years until she retired at the ripe old age of 96! But Sylvia the consummate professional had a secret. During her early years, Sylvia’s job as a secretary included making personal investments for the partners of her law firm. Whatever the law partners invested in, Sylvia invested in as well (in a smaller amount of course). This turned out to be a great investment strategy, to the tune of $9 million!
L. Carl “Sammy” Goad, an almost lifelong resident of Homer Illinois, was a man with a secret. It was a secret known to only his closest friends and associates. It wasn’t until Sammy’s passing that his secret was finally revealed.
Land .. the original investment vehicle and still a great way to become the Surprise Millionaire in the many farming communities dotting our great nation. Millicent Atkins who lived in and around the small farming communities of South Dakota all of her life evidently knew this fact. So much so, that the public was astounded to learn the wealth she left behind put her in league with the likes of Mark Zuckerberg and Michael Bloomberg as one of the top 50 Americans who donated the most money in 2013!
This from a lady who flew so far under the radar she could frequently be seen visiting her bank wearing the same old farm clothes she had worn earlier that day managing her farmland. This same frugal and business minded lady grew her land holdings to a total of 4000 acres at the time of her passing making her a true land baron as well as one of the biggest philanthropists around!