Cụ ông Jack MacDonald sống đạm bạc
Một cụ ông lớn tuổi sống đạm bạc, thường mặc áo quần vá víu và đi xe Buýt thay vì taxi, đã làm cho bệnh viện Seattle Children's Research Institute kinh ngạc, khi để lại cho viện món tiền lớn nhất từ trước đến nay, dành cho việc nghiên cứu sức khỏe trẻ em.
Trung tâm nghiên cứu của bệnh viện sẽ nhận được phần lớn nhất trích từ quỹ từ thiện $188,000,000 do cụ Jack MacDonald, qua đời ở tuổi 98, sau nhiều thập niên hoạt động từ thiện bí mật.
Chỉ có một vài thân nhân và thân hữu biết được là cụ ông có nếp sống rất đơn giản này, trong vòng 60 năm qua, đã sử dụng tài đầu tư chứng khoán, chọn mua cổ phiếu, để biến gia tài cha mẹ để lại cho ông thành một tài sản khổng lồ, dành cho mục đích giúp đời.
Được biết cụ MacDonald cũng để lại một phần quỹ từ thiện của mình cho University of Washington School of Law và Salvation Army.
Jack and wife Mary
Thủ quỹ của Seattle Children's Research Institute cho biết cụ McDonald là người rất khiêm nhường, sống ẩn dật, hay thăm viếng bệnh viện và tỏ ra thông cảm với bệnh nhân và người nhà của họ.Cụ MacDonald rất yêu thích những câu chuyện bình phục của người bệnh, nói rằng những câu chuyện này chứa nhiều niềm hy vọng, khiến cụ xúc động, và muốn hiến gia tài của mình cho việc nghiên cứu y khoa.
Frugal man Jack MacDonald of
leaves $205m fortune to Seattle Children's Hospital, Uni of Washington and Salvos Seattle
A MAN who wore jumpers with holes in them to seem poor has left $US187.6 million ($205 million) to a children's hospital, a university and the Salvos.
The Seattle Times reports that local attorney Jack MacDonald, who died in September aged 98, once spotted a sale on frozen orange juice and bought so many cans that he had to buy a stand-alone freezer just to store them all.
That was the type of man he was. Never one to catch a cab when a bus was available. Even after he suffered a fall in July and acquired a head injury that would eventually end his life, MacDonald's stepdaughter Regen Dennis says he told the neurosurgeon to use generic drugs and not "those expensive brand-name drugs."
"Jack went out of his way to look poor, partly because he didn’t want to be badgered by people who wanted money," Ms Dennis said.
About 40 per cent of MacDonald's $US187.6 million trust will go to Seattle Children's Hospital, even though he had no children of his own.
University of Washington's
, where MacDonald got his law degree,
will receive 30 per cent of the trust's income for student scholarships. The
remaining 30 per cent will go to the Salvation Army Northwest Division. School of Law
MacDonald chose the organisations to honour his parents. His mother Katherine was a longtime fundraiser for the Seattle Children's Hospital, while his father, Frederick, worked closely with many blue collar workers, hence the donation to the Salvation Army.
"He was very, very loyal to his parents' wishes," Ms Dennis said.
MacDonald inherited some money from his parents after they died and was able to stockpile the large fortune through his frugal ways and by clever stock market picks.
"He didn’t trust a lot of other people to do his research; he directed what he wanted bought, and he really knew what he wanted," Ms Dennis said of her stepfather's involvement in the stock market.
MacDonald didn't marry until 1971, when he was in his 50s, to Ms Dennis's mum, Mary Moore, who had two grown children.
Ms Dennis said they didn't move into a glamorous house or buy an expensive car but her mum did encourage MacDonald to travel and the pair saw Europe,
and Africa before
passed away in 1999. Moore
MacDonald though didn't just wait until he died to spread his wealth.
He sent about $150,000 - anonymously, at first - to the little
village of Elora,
Canada, where his paternal
grandfather lived after emigrating from . Scotland
used it to construct an ice rink and rebuild the town hall. Ontario
"It doesn’t sound like a lot of money, but we’re not a big town, and without his contribution we wouldn’t have been able to build it (the town hall)," said Steve Thorning, who served on the town council in the 1990s.Elora named the town's square in MacDonald's honour. He is now buried there alongside his parents.