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How a retired executive built $70 million?

Posted by Muthu on October 31, 2017

Theodore Johnson was born in last century and died at the ripe age of 91 in 1993.

From 1923 to 1952, for 29 years, he worked in United Parcel Service (UPS).

He joined the company at $25 a week, rose through the ranks and retired in 1952. At the time of retirement he was making $270 a week, which is $14,000 per year. For ease of understanding, in today’s dollar, it is worth around $1,25,000.

He had a habit of saving around 25% of his income every month and he invested it in stock. When I say stock, he invested only in one stock, that of his employer UPS.

When he retired in 1952, he has accumulated UPS stock worth $7,00,000.

He never touched the corpus. He might have been living on his dividend income. Assuming a dividend yield of 2%, he would have lived very comfortably with dividends itself.

Thirty nine years after his retirement, in 1991, the stock has grown to the value of $70 million. Please note that he might have received a dividend of $1.4 million a year for that corpus.

He gave a sizeable portion of this wealth to his son and two grand children.

After the same, he donated $36 million for various charitable organisations supporting education for poor and disabled.

He passed away next year. His wife died few years before him. They had a long married life.

From what I read, he has lived a well balanced and good life.

No doubt he was a high earner of his times. Still building a corpus of $70 million is a huge achievement.

Many of you are high earners. You can also save 25% of your income. Instead of investing in only one stock (we would not advice that), you’re investing in equity funds. Shareholders would receive dividends and mutual fund unit holders can do SWP (Systematic Withdrawal Plan).

Five equity funds or a portfolio of 15 to 20 stocks can do wonders if you save with discipline during working years and withdraw only for your lifestyle needs in retirement years. Higher the corpus, even a small withdrawal would ensure an excellent life style.

You can pass on wealth to your children and grand children and also provide for underprivileged in the society.

Leading a good life style, passing on wealth to next generation and giving it back to society, what more a life well lived needs?

Aim big and work for it.

One Response to “How a retired executive built $70 million?”

  1. Pavan said

    Sir , we will be indebted to u if u can suggest some good stocks , MFs for long term.

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