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If you inherited an unexpected $5 million, how would you use the money?

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Ed Hanson
Ed Hanson
1 month ago

3 Million goes to invest, 1/2 million to pay off the mortgage, add to the E.F., create a my own “Escrow” for condo fees & taxes and renovate, 1/2 million to travel, and 1 million for my wife & I to retire 10 year ahead of schedule.

Cammer Michael
Cammer Michael
1 month ago

What I am sure of is my kids would benefit and a few specific charities would benefit. If my wife agreed, a few other family members would get generous Xmas gifts. And I would invest some to feel secure. I’m really not sure what else.

BenefitJack
BenefitJack
1 month ago

$15,000 a year to every relative and friend, until I die – no strings attached. Better to pass it along now, why wait until death.

I am a Frankophile. Ben believed in America’s future and put his money where his mouth was. So, perhaps a legacy to my local church (perhaps used as microloans for church missions) https://www.npr.org/2006/10/13/6259836/microcredit-pioneers-win-nobel-peace-prize#:~:text=Microcredit%20Pioneers%20Win%20Nobel%20Peace%20Prize%20Bangladeshi%20economist%20Muhammad%20Yunus,of%20about%20141%20million%20people.

Maybe a similar legacy to a local arts organization, a library (thank’s Ben), and maybe a city I once lived in – a la Ben Franklin, Boston and Philadelphia – to be invested in industrious youth via loans.
https://www.mentalfloss.com/article/627475/200-year-old-gift-from-benjamin-franklin-to-boston-and-philadelphia

Unlike Ben, however, I’ll want to have independent trustees, fiduciaries, and annual reports, etc. and volunteers to evaluate loan applications – because I wouldn’t trust public employees to manage the assets.
See:
https://www.nytimes.com/1990/04/21/us/from-ben-franklin-a-gift-that-s-worth-two-fights.html
https://chriscarosa.com/2017/09/the-true-legacy-of-ben-franklins-last-will-and-testament/
https://chriscarosa.com/2017/08/ben-franklin-trusts-did-they-work/

I recorded this week’s PBS/Ken Burns show on Ben, and will be watching this weekend. I have most every book written about Ben, and I even have a Ben Franklin action doll – my sister, who lives in Philly gave it to me. Push on his chest, and you get one of over 100 pithy sayings, such as: “An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.”

Ginger Williams
Ginger Williams
4 months ago

Most would go into my investment account, but I’d also start a scholarship fund for people who want to go into trades. Teens who hate school would likely be better served by learning a trade than attending a university, so I’d like to encourage that option.

Kyle Mcintosh
Kyle Mcintosh
8 months ago

I’d take a good chunk of it and build an outdoor track for kids in our community to practice their running 🙂

Roboticus Aquarius
Roboticus Aquarius
10 months ago
  • Add $1M to the Legacy trust for my son with disabilities.
  • $2M for Retirement Investments
  • $1M for Charity (I’d need time to think about where it would do real good)
  • $1M for extended family. College, other needs.
Richard Gore
Richard Gore
1 year ago

I wish I could say that I would donate a lot to charity; however, the truth is I would invest it and keep it in the family.

Bob Wilmes
Bob Wilmes
1 year ago

I’d use the money to become an angel investor in a bunch of small startup companies – particularly small manufacturing companies that actually build things in the US.

I love the TV show Shark Tank and would like to help make some investments near where I live.

Benjamin Benavidez
Benjamin Benavidez
1 year ago

I would probably follow this person’s advice:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eikbQPldhPY

(acknowledgement to JL Collins and apologies for the language in the video. Please don’t watch it if the F-word offends you.)

I would then probably take half of the yearly income (100k) and give 1k each month to 8 family members as I am a proponent of UBI.

Juan Fourneau
Juan Fourneau
1 year ago

After securing my families financial future I would use at least half or more to set up a charitable foundation. Many families from my hometown funded our library, Community Y, soccer and baseball complexes as well as schools. I have benefited tremendously over the years from all of them. As I’ve gotten older I’m amazed families that have long passed away were so generous to folks that weren’t even born when they donated much of their fortunes. Amazing country we live in.

Nicholas Clements
Nicholas Clements
1 year ago

When I had my landscape company I always felt it was the guys on the front line that made the company successful. All of my employees came from Mexico, most on the H2b guest worker program. Over the years, on my visits to Mexico, I got to know many of the families and I saw how important it was that their children have work in the USA so that money can be sent back home. I am already helping some of the families of my former employees. I would find a way to use the $5 million to help more of the families.

Juan Fourneau
Juan Fourneau
1 year ago

I travelled Mexico by car quite a bit in my late 20’s and 30’s. Spent a lot of time in Mazatlan and Durango as well as Queretero, Monterrey and other cities. My family was from both sides of the border so seeing the interior of Mexico opened my eyes to how beautiful the country and its people are. The money earned here in the U.S. that is sent back provides so much dignity, food, healthcare and more to their queridos back home.

R Quinn
R Quinn
1 year ago

I think about this every time I buy a lottery ticket given my lottery chances are better than inheriting. I have a plan. Each of my children get the maximum tax free gift immediately, and in subsequent years. My sister and brother-in-law get the same. I fund each of my grandchildren’s college. That will take at least $2,200,000. Several hundred thousand goes to charity. I buy a new car. What’s left is invested.

SCao
SCao
1 year ago

I will set up an investment plan to ensure those $5 million does not disappear. An endownment is a great idea. I will withdraw a very small percentage (2%? 3%? 4?%) each year to do things I enjoy: travel, charity giving, etc.

Purple Rain
Purple Rain
1 year ago

Create an nonprofit and put the money into an endowment for the nonprofit.

William Dorner
William Dorner
4 months ago

I would invest half or so for my 3 children in Vanguard VOO the S&P. I would live the same way except may hire a driver for US visiting my children.
Would pay for the college of choice for any Grands. Would gift yearly the max tax fee gift to all kids and grands and great grands. Would spend more to avoid life’s hassles. Keep reading and enjoying the Humble Dollar and make a nice size donation! Donate to local charities. Bill

Jeff
Jeff
6 months ago

I would buy my own jet , no more airport hassles. Or at least use something like Netjets. I would also clear the slates of my family. Then start an animal rescue.

Guest
Guest
1 year ago

Bingo Jonathan. These are precisely what I would do!

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