Ronald Read, a gas station attendant and janitor from the state of Vermont, passed away this past February at the age of 92. This would not be extraordinary except for the fact that he left behind an $8 million fortune, and leaving a good portion of it to a local library and a local hospital. According to sources that were close to him, he amassed this wealth through investing in companies he knew (GE, AT&T, Bank of America, etc.) and that paid dividends. Financial expert Chris Hogan stated that in order to acquire the gain that Read did over his lifetime it would require investing $300 per month for 65 years at an 8% interest rate. Hogan stressed that if one lives within their means and finds a financial advisor that is a teacher more than a salesperson this is a legitimate possibility for others. Some are more skeptical about the potential of doing this in today’s economic environment. Diane Garnick, CEO of Clear Alternatives, states that she believes it is fantastic that something of this nature happened over the past 40 years, but it is a great deal less likely for something of this nature to happen again over the next 40 years.