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Kenny G – Secret Buy & Hold Dividend Millionaire

If you had to do a double take of the title, I wouldn’t blame you. But Kenny G is in fact a secret buy and hold dividend millionaire. Yes the same Kenny G who rose in stardom during the 80’s and 90’s with hits such as Duotones, Going Home, Forever in Love and Sentimental. So how exactly did this world renowned saxophonist become a stock market millionaire? Kenny G invested in Starbucks in the 1980’s. Here is a video of him taking about this investment. Kenny G met Howard Schultz, the founder of Starbucks, after a recommendation from his uncle (Harold Gorlick), one of the first investors in Starbucks. Harold […]


Stewart Horejsi – Secret Buy And Hold Billionaire Berkshire Hathaway

We all know Berkshire Hathaway as the vehicle that made Warren Buffet the richest man in the world. But what most people don’t realise is that due to Berkshire’s fantastic annual compounded returns, it minted a number of millionaires and billionaires along the way. Today we focus on Stewart Horejsi, a billionaire born through Berkshire Hathaway.  Stewart Horejsi ran his family’s welding business. The business was struggling to fight off competition and Stewart was having doubts that his business would survive. He thus looked to the stock market in order to grow his wealth. In 1980 Stewart bought 40 shares in Berkshire for $265 each – an initial investment of […]


Herbert Wertheim – Secret Buy & Hold Dividend Billionaire

Herbert Wertheim. Does the name ring a bell? I bet not. Up until a Forbes piece a few days ago, the Philadelphia native was mostly anonymous. Heck, if you had to walk past him on a street, you would think he was just another pensioner. You cannot tell it by his appearance or lack of media attention but Herbert Wertheim is a billionaire! To get to the ten figure mark, Herbert invested in companies such as Apple, Alphabet (Google), BP, Heico and Microsoft. He bought many companies at IPO and still holds them today. This is the story of how Herbert Wertheim made him money. Herbert Wertheim was not like […]


AJ Bell Stock (LON:AJB) – Front Running An IPO

Last week, I applied  for shares in AJ Bell PLC at the Initial Public Offering (IPO). Normally I am averse to IPO’s. Empirical evidence has shown that IPO’s tend to underperform . Insiders who have more knowledge of the firm usually sell out at the top and this is why IPOs in many instances tend to underperform.  But with AJ Bell, I did not have the usual concerns that come with an IPO issue.  This is because the founder Andy Bell decided to keep his stock. Furthermore the IPO was only available to customers of AJ Bell that had an account as of 18 October 2018. And only 26.6% of […]


buildyourstax.com – Free Online Stock Market Simulation Game

I recently came across the website buildyourstax.com which provides a free online stock market simulation game. According to NGPF (the makers of the game), Stax is meant to teach students how to invest using an engaging, fast-paced game in which students will make 20 years of investment decisions in….20 minutes. Players can choose among stocks, bonds and index funds while also learning about the importance of having an emergency fund as “life happens” to them in this simulation. The game takes data from a real 20 year period this is really cool – it let’s you know which 20 year period after the game is finished. This allows you to see […]


Smithson Investment Trust Portfolio Breakdown – Terry Smith Holdings

The most anticipated investment trust launch of 2018 finally happened in the month of October. Investors will be hoping the trust will produce similar stellar returns to that of the main Fundsmith fund (holdings here). Even though Terry Smith won’t be the manager of the fund, the ethos of the Smithoson trust will be similar to the flagship Fundsmith Fund – Buy Quality Companies, Don’t Overpay and Do Nothing. What Individual Stocks are held in the Smithson PLC Portfolio? Smithson, like most investment trusts, only gives its top 10 holdings at any one time. As the trust is new, we currently don’t know the full 29 holdings in the portfolio. […]


Anne Scheiber – Secret Buy and Hold Dividend Millionaire

Today’s secret millionaire story comes from the vault. It starts all the way back in 1893, the year our secret buy and hold millionaire Anne Scheiber. Like most other secret stock market millionaires, Scheiber did not come from a family of means. In fact, her early childhood was worse than most. Anne grew up in poverty. Her father died when she was very young. As a result, she was forced to began to work in her teen years. Through sheer determination and graft, she saved some money, put herself through law school and began a career’ at Internal Revenue Service’ – the tax department of USA. Anne excelled at her […]


Phillip Morris (PM) Stock Purchase – The Best Performer Over The Past 100 Years

It’s a well known secret that one of the single best investments you could have made over the past fifty or sixty years was to buy and hold Philip Morris stock (LINK) . Had you invested $1,000 in the late 1960s, and continually reinvested the dividends along the way, then your holding would be worth roughly $7,000,000 + today. The sheer scope of those returns – compounding at a rate of about 20% a year – is unmatched by any other stock in the S&P 500. (Check the stock return calculator here – please note Phillip Morris was part of Altria (MO) before the 2008 spinoff). Credit Suisse published a report in 2015 […]