Most people thought he was poor.
When he spotted a bargain price on frozen orange juice one year, Jack MacDonald bought so many cans that he had to purchase a new stand-alone freezer just to hold them all. He clipped coupons and took a bus — not a cab — to a University of Washington alumni luncheon he attended in his later years.
Only a tight circle of family and friends knew that MacDonald was nurturing a secret fortune.
When he died in September at the age of 98, he left a $187.6 million charitable trust for three charities, two of them serving poor and sick children.
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