In 1905, American millionaire George Kessler threw himself a birthday party at the Savoy Hotel in London that involved flooding the entire courtyard with four feet of water so his guests could dine in gondolas and a five foot birthday cake brought out to them on the back of a baby elephant.
In 2011, a 29-year-old Australian bartender found an ATM glitch that allowed him to withdraw way beyond his balance. In a bender that lasted four-and-half months, he managed to spend around $1.6 million of the bank’s money.
“Being able to make your account balance move up into the millions by the stroke of a key was a very addictive thing; I felt like a caveman discovering fire.”
During the Great Depression, banker Mark Welch Munroe convinced struggling families in Quincy, Florida to buy Coca-Cola shares that traded at 19 dollars. Later, the town became the single richest town per capita in the US with at least 67 millionaires.
Curt Degerman was a Swedish man who died a millionaire (1.2 million USD) at the age of 60 after collecting and recycling cans and bottles for 40 years. What no one knew was that, after making the rounds to collect recyclables from trash throughout the city, Curt spent hours in the local library pouring over financial newspapers. Over the years, he became an expert on the stock market, investing the modest sum he earned from recycling in stocks and mutual funds, valued at close to a million dollars.
Chinese millionaire Xiong Shuihua demolished the slums where he grew up, built luxury houses and gave the keys to the residents… for free.
Although, John D. Rockefeller was the richest man in the world, occasionally, he served as janitor at his church.
Warren Buffett, the fourth richest man in the world, eats at McDonald’s every single morning and only orders one of three things. It never costs him more than $3.17.
The founder of IKEA, Ingvar Kamprad, was so frugal that he would regularly pocket salt and pepper packets at restaurants, reuse teabags, and drove a 1993 Volvo. He was worth $58.7 billion at the time of his death.
A kid that made a bet with his parents that if he turned 18 and was a millionaire, they wouldn’t force him to go to college. He first invested in Bitcoin at the age of 12 and now holds investments worth over $1 million. He says he won’t be attending college.
John Barrier, after a bank teller refused to validate his 50 cent parking because he was dressed poorly, he withdrew his million dollars from his account and took it to the bank across the street