Cash Envelopes San Francisco: Twitter Clues Hint at Hidden Money

Wednesday, 28 May 2014 07:53 AM

By Michael Mullins

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A mysterious millionaire who planted envelopes full of cash ranging from $20 to $100 has San Francisco residents running around the city and using Twitter clues in an attempt to find the hidden money.

Individuals are tipped off to the locations of the envelopes through hints provided by the Twitter handle @HiddenCash.

The millionaire, who says he's between 35 and 45, described himself as a successful real estate investor in San Francisco, telling ABC News that the cash handout was his way of giving back to his city.

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"People complain that the price of real estate here is pretty high and I have benefited from that," the man told ABC News by phone after the network reached him via email. "I wanted to do something fun for the city of San Francisco, something that would get people excited."

In a separate interview with The San Francisco Chronicle the mysterious man said, "I just closed a real estate deal where my profit was about half-a-million dollars, and I decided even before it closed that one of the things I wanted to do with the money was something fun in SF."

The millionaire told the network that he plans to expand his generous act to San Jose, Los Angeles and even as far away as New York City in due time. As of Thursday night, the man claimed to have given away nearly $4,000 across San Francisco, ABC News reported.

"I'm giving right now about a thousand a day," the man added. "For me, that's definitely manageable. I know that for most people it's more than they earn, but I'm in the top 1 percent. I can keep doing this."

In addition to giving back to the city that made him wealthy, the man told ABC News that he hopes his generosity will inspire others to pay it forward in their own way.

The cash handouts resulted in an immediate outpouring of tweets with San Francisco residents showing their new found cash through online selfies.

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