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I recall that "teacher" was cited in The Millionaire Next Door as showing up frequently on the list of millionaires since millionaire status is determined by the net worth of married couples rather than individuals. Often one spouse will be the primary income earner, enabling the other to enjoy a career in education, which is rewarding for reasons other than financial compensation. There are few better ways to make an impact on the future than educating those who will shape it.

Also, some may take up teaching as a second career for little or no pay, after achieving financial independence in their first career. I know a few people like that (including yours truly, if you count coaching young soccer players as teaching...)

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