Yu Youzhen, a millionaire from Wuhan City, China, has been making headlines recently, after it was discovered that she has been working as a street cleaner for 14years, and for a 1,420 yuan (228 USD) monthly salary, in order to set a positive example for her two children.
Yu Youzhen hit it big, when according to the policies of requisitioning and redevelopment of land in China, she and her family were compensated with 21 apartments for the three 5-storey houses they had built in Huojiawan, after several years...most of which were rented out. She wasn’t the only one, of course, but she personally witnessed how fellow villagers squandered away their fortunes on gambling, drinking and even drug use, so she made it a goal to set a good example for her kids and act responsible.
So instead of staying home and counting her riches, Yu kept working as a sanitation worker, a job she had applied for in 1998. She has to be at work at 3 in the morning, six days of the week, and she spends 6 hours a day cleaning a 3,000-meter long stretch of road, sweeping and cleaning trash cans.
“Mrs. Yu’s family is so rich, yet still she comes to put up with this suffering”, says one of the co-workers who don’t understand her motivation. “I want to set an example for my son and daughter, a person can’t just sit at home and ‘eat away’ a whole fortune,” the hard-working millionaire worker is quick to explain.
After witnessing what great fortune and a bad attitude can do to a person, Yo Youzheng became determined to keep her family on the right track. She’s already warned her son and daughter: “If you don’t work, I’ll donate the apartments to the country.”
It seems to have worked, as now her son works as a driver in the Donghu Scenic Area, making over 2,000 yuan (321 USD) a month, and her daughter is an office worker, with a 3,000 yuan (482 USD) salary.