The Millionaire in the Making Series – Stats!

Earlier I compiled the complete list of CNN Money's Millionaires in the Making (MITM).  Over the past 5 years, these individuals and couples submitted their information to CNN Money and were profiled online and in print.  The profiles followed a similar theme and contained specific personal finance nuggets, like savings account balances, annual incomes, and ages.  I took all these pieces of info and built a complete database.  Now I'll share with you the compiled financial information of the 60 profiles.


Here are the average stats of the 60 profiles:

  • Age*: 35
  • Number of Kids: 1.00 (yes, exactly 1)
  • Household Income: $121,046.15
  • Retirement Savings**: $180,434.75
  • Emergency Savings***: $38,569.76
  • Real Estate Equity****: $210,635.42
  • Business Value*****: $536,250.00

What I think we can learn from these averages is that generally speaking to be a millionaire in the making you should plan on having a pretty decent sized household income and only one kid.

*Age is based on the oldest known member of the household at the time of profiling
**Includes taxable and non-taxable accounts, as well as education accounts
***Includes cash in savings (and checking, if included) , CDs, and money market accounts
****Includes personal residence and rental properties
*****Only four profiles listed a business value


Profiles with the highest value in each category:


Profiles with the lowest value in each category (excludes profiles with zero):





Bubble Busted?

These five profiles had at least $300,000 more in real estate equity than they did in retirement and emergency savings combined:

Notice the States.  Four of the five are from a bubble state, and the Texan is a real estate broker.  It'd be great to check in on these people to see how the real estate bust has affected their MITM status.

Well Balanced

These five profiles had less than $10,000 difference between their real estate equity and their savings (both retirement and emergency):

Hopefully you enjoyed viewing these profiles and compiled information.  I find all the profiles very inspiring in some way and all have helped to put some perspective on my own financial situation.  Be sure and check out the other lists I've put together:

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Last Edited: July 26, 2017 @ 5:15 pm
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  1. Ryan Thompson says:

    And I made my goal 3 years early, how was I missed?

    • Philip Taylor says:

      Hi, Ryan. I’m not sure how I missed you. I checked out your CNN profile and I’m impressed. I’ll have to add it in to the list. Congrats on making your goal. Would you be interested in doing an interview with me about your success?

  2. Ryan Thompson says:

    Hey PT , you missed Ryan Thompson, age 22 from 2002…holla!

  3. One observation is that the MITM profiles do not list a category for ‘College Savings’.

  4. I agree, EnoughWealth. I didn’t think to use the Median. Thanks for stopping by and digging into the stats with me.

  5. EnoughWealth says:

    For calculating the “Average” Business Value as $536,250.00 , it looks like you just averaged the four profiles that reported a business value. It would be more usual to calculate the average business for the entire cohort of 60 profiles ie. $35,750. This of course assumes that all 56 MITM that didn’t report a business value have no business…

    In any case, with a sample size of only four, the average business value is severely skewed by the one high value ($1.7m). The other three reported business values only total $445,000! With such a small sample size the median value of the four would probably be a better indicator (around $180,000?)

  6. money funk says:

    This is a really neat analyzation of the MITM. I’m definitely gonna let people know about it on my blog, as I think the results are very interesting (also, makes me realize I am far from par). 😉

  7. Wow. That’s actually a really deep dive into it. Surprised it didn’t get more traffic. Love the input. Looks like I’m off the map with 2 kids (and the wife wants another) – I may not make it to a million as I’d planned! 🙂

  8. Interesting compilation you got there. Initially, I thought it might reveal some sort of bias as to who they chose to profile. But overall, it seems like they have a good mix going on.