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Hamburger Wealthy

Marlene Geiser

Posted on March 13, 2018 17:26

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About fifty years ago, my husband Lee had the opportunity to make an investment that would have dramatically changed his life. Had he been able to come up with two thousand dollars, which was what he needed to invest in a new hamburger fast food franchise that today you know as McDonalds, we would now be multi-millionaires. He made the choice to pass on the opportunity. Here is the story he told me.

When last we ate at McDonalds, my husband told me that once long ago, he had an opportunity that would have undoubtedly changed both of our lives. The story is as follows:

About two days after graduating with his MBA, he received a telephone call from one of the graduates in his class. The man said that he had a great new investment opportunity that he would like to share with Lee. To quote my husband: 

"Opportunity indeed. I was broke, having borrowed $10,000.00 to help pay for my tuition at the very prestigious school that had just bestowed their honored degree upon me, a young guy from a tough neighborhood, the only member of my family who ever set foot in a university. Thanks to the U.S. Taxpayers via the G.I. Bill, my undergraduate finances were manageable, but I had exhausted my benefits. My dad was slowing down as arthritis and age forced him to work on a part time basis, and my mother's meager income as a sales clerk was just enough to support them. Dad told me they had a couple of thousand in the bank, and if I needed it he would lend me some money. My brother was in even worse shape, as he had finally been granted a place in line on the fireman's list, which actually was a six to twelve month wait. His part-time jobs were just enough to keep him from having to move back with our parents, something he didn't want to do."

He went on to say that his best friend was just one semester away from graduating from law school, and was also on the poor man's list. The last time Lee had spoken to him, he had asked, "how's it going?" His friend replied, "Just fine, I've got all the money I need as long as I don't eat."

The story continued with Lee sharing even more. "I had two rich uncles on my Dad's side, but they didn't have anything to do with my father or mother, as my grandfather had been banished from the family and their church as dad dared to marry a Jew."

Lastly, he told me, "A great new opportunity to invest in a brand new chain, a hamburger fast food franchise, and all I needed was $2,000.00. I probably could have borrowed the money from my parents, maybe the bank, or even my uncles. But I said, "No thanks Charles, I'm not fond of fast food, and I appreciate the offer, but I'll pass for now."

Had Lee taken the opportunity he would now have a net worth of $10,000,000.00. as that was what his friend made on his McDonald's investment.

Quite a story, eh? Had Lee been able to come up with $2,000.00 I would be married to a multi-millionaire! Life doesn't always happen the way one would wish. We live in a senior citizen residence, eating at McDonalds quite often. 

 

 

Marlene Geiser

Posted on March 13, 2018 17:26

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