Even Ronald Read’s closest friends were surprised to learn of the multimillion dollar estate he managed to create during his life, much of which was spent working at a service station (he spent his “retirement” years working as a janitor at JC Penney). WaPo’s Barry Ritholtz on the remarkable life and lessons of the $8 million janitor.

+ “It doesn’t sound right in my head; it’s unbelievable, but I’m really excited, it’s awesome. It’s been my first choice since I was like 5.” After growing up among Yalies, the son of New Haven pizzeria owner was accepted at the university.