How to Make a Million (or More!)

Four success stories — and guidance on how you, too, could reach this milestone.

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There’s more than one route to riches. Among the people featured here, one couple earned their first million by buying rental properties, and another amassed seven figures—and retired early—through a combination of saving and smart investing.

What these success stories have in common is passion, patience and persistence—and a vision for what their wealth can achieve. Money may not buy happiness, but having more of it gives you the freedom to make choices that can bring satisfaction, whether that means buying your dream home, escaping the 9-to-5 grind or giving generously to charity.

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Sandra Block
Senior Editor, Kiplinger's Personal Finance

Block joined Kiplinger in June 2012 from USA Today, where she was a reporter and personal finance columnist for more than 15 years. Prior to that, she worked for the Akron Beacon-Journal and Dow Jones Newswires. In 1993, she was a Knight-Bagehot fellow in economics and business journalism at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. She has a BA in communications from Bethany College in Bethany, W.Va.