About 70 years ago, a guy in Chicago named Russ Gremel had $1,000 to invest, and used it to buy a bunch of stock in Walgreens. Then the stock went through the roof, but he never sold it . . . so it’s now worth about $2 MILLION.
He says he knew it was a good investment because people would always need to buy medication. And women would keep going there to buy makeup too.
He never got married or had kids. So he never needed the money, and never even told anyone he had it . . . until recently, when he decided to DONATE all 28,000 shares to the Illinois Audubon Society.
They used the money to set up a 395-acre wildlife refuge called the Gremel Wildlife Sanctuary about 100 miles west of Chicago. They dedicated it in his name on Sunday.
He told the “Chicago Tribune” that he was planning to leave them the money in his will. But he decided it would be more fun to actually see what they did with it.
He says he wanted to make sure he used the money to do something good for the world. Because if you have a lot of money and can’t do something good with it, you shouldn’t have it in the first place. (Chicago Tribune)