Secret millionaire donates her fortune to Lake Forest College. Here's how she did it.(Read article summary)
Grace Groner surprised everyone by leaving $7 million to her alma mater, Lake Forest College. But secret millionaires, even Warren Buffet, share these wealth-building traits.
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Grace Groner's life doesn't sound like the stuff of financial legend. After graduating from Lake Forest College in 1931, in the throes of the Depression, she found a job as a secretary for Abbott Laboratories, where she would work for the next 43 years. In 1935, she invested in three shares of the company’s stock, each then worth $60.
That decision would made Ms. Groner a millionaire seven times over. But her riches didn’t change the course of her life. She never altered her lifestyle to reflect her growing bank account. Almost no one knew of her wealth.
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Here’s how you can follow the lead of these humble rich to grow your own fortune:
1. Live below your means
Groner lived in a tiny one-bedroom cottage she inherited from a friend. She didn’t own a car and bought her clothes at rummage sales. Mr. Buffett lives in the same Omaha, Neb., home he purchased in 1958 for $31,500.