Column: From riches to richer
- Last Updated: Tuesday, 18 January 2022 13:22
January 19, 2022
-by Frank Macdonald
A conversation I was having with a friend several years ago, was about a man we both knew, recently deceased. He died, we learned, with a million bucks in the bank. Wherever he went after death, he obviously couldn’t take it with him.
“Stupid fool!” my friend said. “I’d be ashamed to die and have people say I saved a million dollars. Better they said I spent a million dollars before I died.”
Of course, this was at a time when a million dollars was substantially more money than it is today. Now it’s merely a game show jackpot. I suppose millionaires don’t even receive invitations to billionaires’ get-togethers. And the price of a ticket to that club just got a lot higher.
Over the past two years, the rest of the world has been just trying to survive COVID-19 and its daily risk of exposure, trying not to become one of its 850,000 US death to date (31,500 in Canada.)