'Street Bum' Leaves Behind A $1.4mm USD Fortune!


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Curt Degerman, fondly known as 'Tin Can Curt', spent 30 years of his life, collecting bottles and cans from trash bins on the streets of Skelleftea, Sweden. Locals knew him as a street bum, who scrounged around for leftover food in his tattered clothes. What they did not know, is that he was also a financial genius, who left behind a fortune of over $1.4mm USD.

It turns out that when Curt was not scouting the trash cans, he hung out at the local library, where he learned how to be an astute investor, by reading the financial section of the newspaper.

Using that knowledge, he bought stocks, bonds and even gold bars, from the money he made from selling bottles and cans. When Curt died of a heart attack two years ago, his estate comprised of a home, a portfolio of stocks and bonds worth $900,000USD, 124 gold bars worth more than $60,000USD and, a bank account with a balance of about $6,000USD.

While Curt did not enjoy his wealth, his cousins, who he left his fortune to, are sure going to have good time - Did I hear someone say luuuuucccky?

sources:blogs.wsj.com, the local.se

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  • bob the fat guyTuesday, March 17, 2015 at 8:55 am
    thats smart not to spend the money
    • happypug12
      happypug12Tuesday, October 14, 2014 at 8:48 am
      Why didn't Curt spend the money?
      • xxwillkxx
        xxwillkxxTuesday, January 13, 2015 at 11:58 am
        Because he did not like spending it
      • ldThursday, May 1, 2014 at 8:36 am
        Lol wish I had that kind of money
        • zuza
          zuzaSunday, March 9, 2014 at 1:39 pm
          • abby717
            abby717Sunday, June 9, 2013 at 10:41 am
            • alex22469Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 12:21 pm
              • wowTuesday, September 18, 2012 at 11:04 am
                • nuttykidFriday, February 3, 2012 at 4:00 pm
                  why did he live like a street bum
                  • wowwowFriday, February 3, 2012 at 3:59 pm
                    thats wierd
                    • lilly
                      lillySunday, September 18, 2011 at 9:07 am