In 1949 my grandfather basically bought 10 acres of shoreline property in North lake Tahoe for $500,000. It was in escrow and everything was proceeding just fine when he died of a heart attack at the age of 59. All of a sudden, my grandmother and her siblings ended the escrow and took the money, $500,000 and that was that. I was born in 1954 and remembering living in a nice house, a typical suburban house. In 1959 we moved to San Bruno 15 miles south of San Francisco. My aunt got one house, my mom got another house, these were nice homes with a fantastic view of San Francisco Bay and SF airport, pluse the view across the bay into Oakland and the East Bay. Today these are 2 million dollars. Cut to the chase. Grandma died in '60 and by '61 the houses and money seemed to be gone. My family lived in poverty for the most part. I could go deeper and deeper but no need because my point here is that if we held on to the Tahoe property the family would have been multi millionaires. In today's terms one acre average is $12.5 million. The 10 acres we would own is built up with expensive restaurants and vacation fun places. Those properties are now going for $75 million in some cases. I basically live the life of a struggling musician and that's perfectly fine, but I often ponder what could have been. Do you have similar loss of fortune stories? Please share.