98-year-old Russ Gremel donated $2 million to wildlife sanctuary

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No one ever knew that Russ Gremel was a millionaire until the moment when he donated 2 million dollars to the 395-acre Gremel Wildlife Sanctuary to protect wetlands in Amboy, Illinois. 98-year-old Russ Gremel has led a very simple life. He wants people to enjoy nature the way he did as a kid, for which he has donated such a huge sum of money to preserve the wildlife.

A lot of people will be able to use it. It makes me happy, said Russ Gremel.

Gremel grew up in a poor family. Upon his brother’s advice, Gremel bought $1,007 of stock in Walgreens pharmacy chain which is now a worth more than $62 billion. Gremel served in World War II and then went to the law school at Northwestern University.

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He has served as a Boy Scout scoutmaster for more than 60 years. He’s been the scoutmaster to generations of the same families. Gremel, a bachelor with no kids has lived in the same Chicago house for 95 years.

You have to do some good in this world. That’s what money is for. I had a hell of a good life without all that money, said Russ Gremel.