Deep down everyone wonders what it would be like to be ludicrously wealthy. It is a natural curiosity, as the daily grind of life can often seem overwhelming, and escape from that becomes an appealing sentiment. The thing is, millionaires aren’t as different from the layman as many like to believe.
Most of the time millionaires tend to be about the same as any other person. However, they do have a few distinct traits that separate them. Some might not be what you expect. Millionaires may be financially stable, but it might surprise you to find out that they have a lot of quirks and their lives are far from perfect. That is why we put together some fun facts about your favorite millionaires:
(TOP: A shopper wheels his cart out of a Home Depot outlet. A survey found that over 57% of people worth over $5 million love to shop at Home Depot. Photo: Wiserlinks).
Millionaires of Maryland – Believe it or not, Maryland is home to more millionaires than anywhere else in the United States. 7.7% of all households in Maryland are millionaires, just don’t ask us why that is. New Jersey also has many millionaires. Connecticut has many of these high income moguls as well. Perhaps less surprising, Hawaii has plenty of millionaires too.
1 out of 21 – Known for being one of the most progressive and expensive places to live in the United States, it may not surprise you to learn that 1 out of every 21 New Yorkers are worth over a million dollars. Because of how densely populated New York is, if you were to walk down the street to a grocery store, you would statistically pass several millionaires on your way there and back.
The Majority – For the first time ever, the majority of Congress members are millionaires. While you will likely hear plenty of under the breath grumbling from this statistic, this in part is due to rising cost of living, and subsequently, wages.
Quirky Tidbits – Here we explore the quirky pasts of millionaires, specifically Bill Gates. Once named the richest man in America, Gates was so poor at one point in his life that him and a friend hacked a program in order to use its software for free. Bill Gates also lost thousands of dollars of his own money playing poker with fellow students in college.
Millionaires Worry About Retirement – That’s right, even millionaires worry about whether they will be able to retire or not. More money means more responsibility, 44% of those with 1 to 5 million in assets worry about if they will get to retire on time. So don’t worry so much, we all have problems.
15% of Millionaires Don’t have a College Degree – This is a fact that is important for many people to understand. College is something that was pushed on the past two generations. While a college education certainly has its merit, it is important to note that you don’t need one to be successful, and many millionaires, including Mark Zuckerberg, don’t have one.
Millionaires Shop at Home Depot – Interesting right? A survey found that over 57% of people worth over $5 million love to shop at Home Depot. Who wouldn’t? It is a great store.