Brad Duke, a 34-year-old manager for Gold's Gym franchises in Idaho, took home a lump sum of $85 million in 2005 after winning a $220 million Powerball jackpot. His first task with his windfall: assembling a team of financial advisors. His goal: to use his winnings to become a billionaire.
Here's what he’s done with his money so far.
• $45 million: Invested in safe, low-risk investments such as municipal bonds
• $35 million: Put into aggressive investments like oil and gas and real estate
• $1.3 million: Started a family foundation
• $63,000: Treated 17 friends to a trip to Tahiti
• $125,000: Paid off the mortgage on his 1,400-square-foot house
• $18,000: Paid off student loans
• $65,000: Bought new bicycles, including a $12,000 BMC road bike
• $14,500: Bought a used black VW Jetta
• $12,000: Annual gift to each family member
I’m not sure what I’d do with such a windfall. For sure, I’d do some traveling. I’m sure I would buy a new house. I’d probably buy a new car, too – and definitely not a used VW. With money to burn, why not go for my dream car, say a shiny new Porsche?
What dreams would you fulfill if such a bundle of money landed in your lap?
Today’s Words Gone Wild have royally stumped Twisted Linguistics. I got the first one:
gave her a great complement - Provided her with a sweater that perfectly matched her pants.
Trying to figure out the rest was causing my synapses to do extremely bizarre things. I’ve tempted fate too much lately, so how about you guys tackle these?
What’s your ideal career?
|Your Career Type: Artistic|
You are expressive, original, and independent.
Your talents lie in your artistic abilities: creative writing, drama, crafts, music, or art.
You would make an excellent:
Actor - Art Teacher - Book Editor
Clothes Designer - Comedian - Composer
Dancer - DJ - Graphic Designer
Illustrator - Musician - Sculptor
The worst career options for your are conventional careers, like bank teller or secretary.