Tag: net worth

The Millionaire Next Door Mile Markers

By Thomas J. Stanley on Feb 17th, 2015 in Current Events

Most households in America with good to even great incomes, “have small levels of accumulated wealth.  Many live from paycheck to paycheck.”  And, as I also wrote in The Millionaire Next Door, these are the people who will benefit most from the book.  With this in mind you will understand my keen interest in the […]

Fantasies of Wealth; Misinterpreting the Data

By Thomas J. Stanley on May 14th, 2013 in Lessons Learned

A couple recently asked me about the relationship between home ownership and net worth. They are contemplating buying their first home.  “In your books, Tom, you mention that nearly all millionaires are homeowners . . . approximately 95%.”  Most homeowners, however, are not millionaires.  And no one is going to hand you a check for seven figures when you close […]

Stocks: Not the Only Bull Market

By Thomas J. Stanley on Apr 23rd, 2013 in Mentor's Corner

A recent newspaper headline proposed that “the best way to get rich is the stock market.”  Building wealth via stocks or other investments is akin to growing trees.  You can’t grow oak trees if you don’t have enough money to buy acorns.  So, suggesting that the stock market leads to wealth is putting the cart […]

$1M Income Producers: 5.5% Receive Trust/Estate $$

By Thomas J. Stanley on Feb 7th, 2012 in Studying the Wealthy

It has come to my attention that there are quite a few reporters and columnists who read my blogs in search of data and ideas for their future endeavors.  And I take that as a compliment.  Of course not all of these people agree with my revelations!  But, as best I can, I just objectively count […]

Cars and Homes as Costumes

By Thomas J. Stanley on Oct 29th, 2009 in Current Events

As long as we are headed towards a controlled economy, I would like to add my two cents worth and perhaps a bit of comic relief. We can encourage people to become more fiscally responsible! I suggest that we begin by altering the spending habits of the hyperconsuming/income statement affluent (IA) population. I mentioned on Twitter that […]

How to Live Like a Real Millionaire, Part II

By Thomas J. Stanley on Oct 13th, 2009 in Millionaire Next Door Stories

More from our millionaire next door in the Southwest – Part II of the Millionaire Next Door story I received last month. We read in Part I that our “scientist of wealth” became a millionaire while his annual income was $78,000 and now has a net worth of $2.4 million. He and his wife did not/do not act rich, and […]

How to Live Like a Real Millionaire

By Thomas J. Stanley on Oct 8th, 2009 in Millionaire Next Door Stories

Case studies are a critical part of my research on millionaires and the affluent. Below is the first part of a Millionaire Next Door story I received last month from a “scientist of wealth.”  As you will see, you do not have to have a seven figure income to become a millionaire. A Letter from […]

The Money Pit and The Decline of Enhanced Millionaires

By Thomas J. Stanley on Oct 6th, 2009 in Books and Publications

Apparently, my interview with Dave Ramsey on September 30th hit a cord when I mentioned that only a minority of people who own/occupy homes valued at $1M or more are millionaires. In my latest book, Stop Acting Rich, I use the term millionaire to refer to those households with net investments of $1M or more. This is not the […]

Avoiding The Money Pit

By Thomas J. Stanley on Oct 1st, 2009 in Books and Publications

In my interview on The Dave Ramsey Show yesterday, I discussed the relationship between where one lives and the ability to accumulate wealth. Here is a continuation of the discussion from my new book, Stop Acting Rich. Most of the self-made millionaires I have studied have one thing in common: They were able to build wealth […]

The Downside of Understating Your Wealth

By Thomas J. Stanley on Sep 29th, 2009 in Books and Publications

“Not acting rich” may be great for your net worth, but it might not let you into the parking lot at work. Below is an excerpt from Chapter 2 in Stop Acting Rich. Dear Dr. Stanley:Our physician recently telephoned to tell us laughingly that he had received the “Millionaire Next Door” award. When I questioned him, he […]