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Janitor Amasses Secret $8 Million Fortune, Leaves It To Local Hospital And Library

Even though this man was a millionaire, he lived a quiet, humble life.

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For years, a man named Ronald Read has lived a simple, frugal life despite the fact that he was a millionaire. When he was younger, the former gas station attendant and janitor purchased 95 stocks, not limited to Dow Chemical, General Electric, and JP Morgan Chase. Records of the shares he owned were tucked away in a safety deposit box, but he was the only one aware of his investments.

Upon his death, you can bet that his family and co-workers were stunned to learn that he amassed an $8 million fortune.

The humble man left $4.8 million to the Brattleboro Memorial Hospital, where he enjoyed an English muffin with peanut butter and coffee each morning. In addition, he bequeathed $1.2 million of his savings to the Brooks Memorial Library, which he frequently visited.

Thanks to his generosity, both establishments will flourish for years to come as they invest in renovations and learn from Read by investing money for the future.

Watch the video below to learn more about the impression Read made in his life, as well as how the town of Brattleboro, Vermont, will benefit from his good fortune:

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