Sylvia Bloom, a secretary who worked in the same law firm for seven decades, lived modestly in Brooklyn, travelling with the subway to work and back.
Although none of her friends and relatives knew her, she was a millionaire.
The lucky secretary, who dies in 2016, has quietly managed to accumulate a state of over $ 9 million through a series of inventive investments, taking the example of the lawyers she worked for, writes The New York Times.
In her will, Bloom left $ 6.24 million to Henry Street Settlement, a local social services group, and another $ 2 million to Hunter College and a scholarship fund.
Bloom, however, is far from being the first person to know that he is much richer than his life style. Check out some of the secret millionaires she’s joining:
Employee of a gas station with talent to invest in shares
Ronald Reed, a former gas station employee who died in June 2014, was known as a frugal man. He wore faded sweaters and drove Toyota Yaris – second hand.
Only after his death in his native town of Bratalboro, Vermouth, he was surprised to see that he had a personal fortune of $ 8 million. Most of the money he gave to charities
Reed has had the talent to find shares with potential to rise in price: “He was good at investing and cutting wood,” says lawyer Laurie Rowell.
He looked so humble that once another man paid his bill because he thought Reed would not be able to afford it.
The librarian who succeeded to save almost everything he earned
Robert Morin, who for nearly half a century worked at the University of New Hampshire’s Library after graduating from school, lived alone and ate Fritos for breakfast.
When Morin dies in 2015, at the age of 77, his former colleagues and acquaintances are surprised to understand that he has bequeathed his entire $ 4 million state to the university.
Morin, who put almost all his earnings in savings and retirement accounts, was an eccentric of good temper, who rarely bought new clothes.
“He was the person you meet once in your life,” says his financial advisor Edward Mullen to the Boston Globe.
The secretary who bought shares for $180, now they cost millions
Grace Grover, a secretary who bought garments for garage sales and lived in a one-bedroom house in Lake Forest, Illinois, survived the Great Depression.
This terrifying experience may be the reason for its sparingly. But she was generous: She bequeathed $ 7 million to Lake Forest University after her death in 2010.
Where did she get all that money? It all starts with an investment of $ 180 in 3 shares of Abbott Laboratories, back in 1935.Then she never sold these shares, but instead continues to reinvest over the years.
The stewardess who lived on peanut butter and ice cream
Doris Schwartz lived as a homeless, one of her friends told the York Daily Record.
She was a former stewardess and teacher who seemed to eat only peanut butter and ice cream, spending the last years of her life in an overcrowded house in West York, Pennsylvania.
When Schwarz dies at the age of 93 in 2013, she bequeathed $ 3.4 million to a local foundation that assists teachers and students.
“Apply your own education to create something that will live forever for others”- what an exciting way to be remembered,” says Brian Tate, vice president of the foundation.