Who was Hetty Green? She was the wealthiest and most miserly woman in the history of America. When she died in 1916, she was worth between $100-200 million which is equivalent to $17 billion in today's dollars.|
She inherited $5 million dollars when her father died. She inherited another $2 million from her aunt with a will that appeared Hetty had forged. She made her money investing in Civil War Bonds, real estate and railroad stocks and barely spending a cent.
Hetty wore the same black dress everyday until it would disintegrate. She had the nickname "The Witch of Wall Street" probably because of her dress and personality. She worked sitting on the floor of her bank surrounded by trunks of papers because she refused to spend the money to rent an office. She got married, but got rid of him when she was forced to pay one his debts. Her son lost his leg because she refused to take him to the hospital after breaking his leg.
She argued over every bill she got and was routinely sued by lawyers to collect legal fees. She would travel thousands of miles to collect debts owed to her.
She lived in cheap grungy leased apartments. She ate broken cookies that she bought in bulk and warmed oatmeal on the office radiator. She had a bad hernia but refused to have an operation because it cost. Hetty was convinced that everyone was after her money.
Hetty's only extravagance was her dog who they say ate better than her.
She died at age 81, and left all of her money to her two children. Her children spent and gave money to charities generously.
ONE OF A KIND!
He made and lost
and loved every minute.
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