Millionaires, the state of which the learned only after their death
That looks like Mark Zuckerberg or Bill Gates, runs counter to what the image draw rich people. Not knowing them in person, the surrounding could hardly guess about their condition. But interestingly, the story also knows a lot of stories when ordinary people - secretaries, teachers and sellers of local vegetable shop - my whole life was modest and unremarkable, and that they are millionaires, learned only after their death.
Sylvia Bloom left 8, $ 2 million for educational programs and students' learning fund. Sylvie Blum was modest widow who lived in a small studio apartment in Brooklyn, around the city by metro, including the law firm, where she worked as a simple secretary until his death in 97 years. She died in 2016, and when it turned out that in fact quiet inconspicuous old woman was a millionaire, it was a shock to everyone around you.
Even more of them were surprised that she had left all his belongings charity. Six million she gave an educational program of the school complex on Henry Street, and another two million left various funds training, including one that had helped herself to get an education.
Her gift fund Henry Street was the biggest in its entire 126-year history. At the expense of the money the organization was able to implement a program that allows students with disabilities also have access to education. "This has become such a valuable gift to us not only because of the goodness that lies behind it, - said the executive director of this organization. - But also because some dedication and some humility is behind the accumulation of money. "
Sylvia Bloom with her husband.
But the story is not an isolated Sylvia Bloom. So, in 2015, retired from Milwaukee left $ 13 million to the local Catholic school. And just a year ago, the cleaner of the shopping center has left after the death of 5 million, which bequeathed to transfer to the local hospital.
Sylvia and her husband Reinhold.
All these people have in common is that they had no children and had no direct heirs. Their modest lifestyle allowed to accumulate funds, which they were not used or do not want to find him in his lifetime. Such people often think about the fact that they can leave behind, and therefore want to find their money for some good use. And because often they transfer their savings to help children who have never been.
Leonard Girovski left a $ 13 million fund education school, where he studied himself. When Leonard Girovski was a kid, every morning at 6:30 he sat on the bus to get to the Seminary of St. Francis, a Catholic school that was later renamed the Thomas More School. After serving in the army, Leonard became a butcher and grocer. However, he often visited in his school, had lunch together in the cafeteria with the students. One day he suddenly began singing school greeting directly into the dining room, and the disciples picked up this singing, singing along with him. Leonard regularly seen at the school, are all used to it. When he was 90 years, teachers have organized the children to sing the chorus of "Happy Birthday."
Thomas More School.
Three months after this event, the school came the news - Leonard Girovski died and bequeathed to the school by 13 million dollars. The director said then that he almost fell off the chair from such news. The fact that the part could look like the life of a lonely old man, was in fact a life full of love and admiration. Leonardo liked to dance, and in the basement of his house he had a room for ballroom dancing. He bred pigeons and recorded the birds singing in your garden - home of Leonard was a huge music library records trills and whistles pichuzhek. "He told me that he likes to be close to the creations of God and take care of them", - said the best friend Jeff Leonard Korpan.
Photo Leonard Girovski of the yearbook.
But the main passion Leonard had faith in God and gratitude he felt. "He wanted to leave some sort of mark on the next generation. He felt himself a debtor to God, to his Catholic education, and in front of his faith, which he wanted to share with others, "- continues to Jeff.
Margaret left Southern 8, $ 4 million to educational and humanitarian funds.
Margaret Southern has something similar to Leonard. She also loved animals and just wanted to help the children who did not know personally. When she was a lawyer with his will, it is specifically prescribed as a separate item, so that after her death her cab took care of Molly. In fact, Margaret survived her dog for a few years. She died aged 94 in 2012, and left half of his fortune humanitarian fund of the city Greenville, which during his lifetime never directly contacted. And the second half she left another fund his hometown of Greenville, and the fund is engaged in providing education for children with special needs. Yet some amount she also left for their friends and relatives.
His fortune, Margaret received from her husband, who died in 1983. After that she put money on deposit and is regularly updated with the condition. Margaret lived in a small house in a small town, went to the car 1980 release and showed no nothing that is actually a millionaire.
Interestingly, all these people who have left their impressive savings at the expense of charity, lived a long life. Is this related? Scientists believe that this is possible. The study was conducted in 2011, which showed that people who are inclined to altruism, have a much lower risk of dying over the next 4 years than those who are more prone to self-centered. People who are ready to devote their time, money or attention surrounding humans or animals, have a more stable pressure, less stressed and, yes, in the end they are living longer.