Jack MacDonald lived a simple life. Most people that he encountered had no idea that the 98-year-old man was worth $188 million when he died.
USA Today reports that Mr. MacDonald took busses instead of taxis, and that only a select few family members and friends knew that he was so skilled at picking stocks. He served in the military during WWII in the South Pacific and then worked as an attorney for the VA for about 30 years. The fortune he amassed occurred over a 60-year period.
The Seattle Children's Research Institute will receive the bulk of his monies. It is reportedly the biggest gift ever prsented for pediatric research in the entire U.S.
….The president of the Seattle Children's Foundation describes MacDonald as a humble, understated man who regularly visited the hospital and sympathized with the patients and their families.