Lola Liebers is a straight-A student at Communications High School in Wall, NJ, who aspires to attend Harvard University. As a student myself, we connected when we talked about our worries for college. I was afraid that I would be able to get into my dream schools, but I wouldn’t be able to pay for them.
Tuition prices are simply outrageous – I divulged that I was nervous about the cost, but she did not share my feelings. That was when I discovered she was hiding something. She has kept her life as a millionaire a secret… until now.
GG: Tell me a little about yourself.
LL: So, I’m actually a millionaire. It’s kind of crazy. In my normal day, I’m a normal 16-year-old kid. I go to school, I have friends and everything. It’s kind of like a Hannah Montana situation. But in my spare time, I’m actually a millionaire. You see, when the Huffington Post was starting up, I got a share of that because – I don’t know – my dad knew somebody, and he invested in it for me. I don’t know, it was weird. Anyway, one of the founders of the Huffington Post, Jonah Peretti, also created BuzzFeed a little while later. When he started that I was – what? ten? – I got a little share of that, too. And now BuzzFeed and the Huffington Post are exploding. I am actually a multi-millionaire, and you wouldn’t know it, but my bank account shows it.
GG: And how do you like to spend your money?
LL: See, the problem with having a double life is that when I am in school, I can’t tell anybody what I am so I can’t show it. It’s the problem with being a millionaire, because you want to show that you’re a millionaire, but you can’t! Especially if you’re leading a double life. So right now, I haven’t spent any of it. But then once I graduate from school – well, first of all, college is paid for – I won’t need to do anything. I think I can get into an Ivy, I don’t know. I’m just saying. Anyways, after that, I’ll just have a bunch of millions and people will be like, ‘what happened to that girl, Lola Liebers?’ And they’ll be like, ‘she’s a millionaire now!’ but I always have been.
GG: Do any of your friends know you’re a millionaire?
LL: Well, now you do, I guess! You’re the only person who knows right now besides my family. Crazy.
GG: What is the thing you’ve spent the most money on?
LL: One day I made a super expensive Starbucks run. It was like $300. I just got, like, a bunch of coffee and that’s it. I mean, my dad’s a millionaire, too, so he’s pretty much paid for iPads, computers and that kind of stuff… Maybe I’ll buy myself a car next month when I turn 17. I don’t know. Maybe.
GG: Do you think you’ll be giving any of your money to charity?
LL: Uh, no. It’s my money. I made it myself. Why would I give to anyone else?
GG: Oh okay, thank you so much, Lola. This was certainly…um… enlightening.