Millionaire Secretary Leaves Fortune to Needy Students

It's 'very possible' not even Bloom's late husband knew the size of her fortune.

May 08, 2018 - 7:24 am
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NEW YORK (AP) A legal secretary who quietly amassed over $9 million through decades of investments has donated most of it to needy students.

The New York Times says $6.24 million from the estate of Sylvia Bloom has been given to the Henry Street Settlement. Bloom's niece says another $2 million will be split between Hunter College and another scholarship fund to be announced. Bloom grew up in Brooklyn during the Great Depression.

She earned a degree from Hunter at night while working days to make ends meet. In 1947, she joined Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton.

Bloom remained there until the age of 96, paying close attention when the lawyers invested in stocks. She died in 2016.

Her niece says it's ``very possible'' that not even Bloom's late husband knew the size of her fortune.