Sam Eig looking out at his golf course from the top of his Washingtonian Tower, 1970's


Sam Eig was one of the first people to envision the tremendous growth potential of the Gaithersburg area. A Russian immigrant, Eig came to this country with nothing and left this world a millionaire. He once advised a neighbor to buy a farm in Montgomery County and told him that one day he'd be rich. The man did so for $8,500 and 19 years later sold it to his friend Sam Eig for $200,000 cash. Eig was also known as a generous man - donating money for churches, synagogues, a Red Cross building and Holy Cross Hospital in Silver Spring. Before his death, Eig said he attributed his success to the fact that he "never lost faith in the U.S., and kept on going".