Frank Wills, the security guard who…

Frank Wills, the security guard who discovered the Watergate break-in that eventually led to the resignation of Richard Nixon, struggled with unemployment and poverty for the rest of his life. By the time of his mother’s death in 1993, Wills was so destitute that he had to donate her body to medical research because he had no money with which to bury her. He died at age 52 of a brain tumor.

Curt Degerman was a Swedish man who…

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.