May is for Millionaires
Beginning in 1955, The Millionaire television program aired, starring Marvin Miller. In each fictional episode, the millionaire gave away a million dollars to a stranger. Many of us dream of becoming a millionaire through hard work, inheritance or a winning lottery ticket.
Another way to get a million dollars is on the game show, Who Wants to be a Millionaire? Who doesn’t! We have many wishes to fulfill with money. Some want to pay off mortgages, school loans, or pay for a long-wished-for vacation. Others want to give money to grandchildren for education, charities or non-profits.
Millionaire fun facts:
- The average age of millionaires is 62
- 3% of the US population are millionaires
- 16% inherited wealth
- New York City, Los Angeles and Chicago have the most millionaires (in that order)
- The US, China and Japan, have the most millionaires (in that order)
The song “If I Had a $1,000,000” provides lyrical ideas to listeners how to spend such a large sum of money, including a house, a tree fort, a fur coat, and a monkey among other functional and high-priced, luxury items. But that begs the question, what would you do with a million dollars? Have fun and discuss with friends on May 20: Be a Millionaire Day.