Thelma Pearl Howard’s name may not immediately ring a bell – even with those who possess in-depth knowledge of Walt Disney. But the housekeeper was actually a key figure in the great animator’s life. And although Howard had originally come from poverty and misfortune, she ended up dying as a secret multi-millionaire.
More specifically, Howard had accrued a whopping $9 million fortune during her lifetime. The maid never flaunted her wealth, though. In fact, she continued to live such a modest life that many of her nearest and dearest had no idea that she was rich until after she had passed away.