A frugal court reporter turns out to be a very generous millionaire
Despite what the aforementioned rich folks might have you believe, the biggest gifts aren’t the flashiest. As proof, consider the woman who reshaped her entire town. In 2003 a Virginia court reporter had amassed $3 million by living incredibly frugally. And what did she do with all that cash? Put a 67% down payment on Jay-Z's blingtastic watch.
No, actually she left most of it to charity in her will. Ruth Greiner of Bristol, VA never even owned a clothes dryer, and by living earnestly as a court reporter for 60 years(!) was able to leave $1.2 million to a church and hundreds of thousands of dollars to local arts and charitable organizations.
Greiner, who had also inherited some of her money from her late father and husband, continued to work and live far within her means when she didn't have to. A life humbly spent meant massive donations to charitable causes after she passed. She didn’t just give a few million bucks; she gave her entire life to helping out her community by practicing her asceticism.