Biographies & Memoirs

Hetty: The Genius and Madness of America's First Female Tycoon

Hetty: The Genius and Madness of America's First Female Tycoon

A full century before Martha Stewart, Oprah, and Madonna became icons, generations before women swept through Wall Street, and decades before they even had the right to vote, there was Hetty Green, America's richest woman, who stood alone among the roguish giants of the Gilded Age as the first lady of capitalism and is remembered as the Witch of Wall Street.

At the time of her death in 1916, Hetty Green's personal fortune was estimated at $100 million ($1.6 billion today), and the financial empire she built on real estate and railroads rivaled that of Andrew Carnegie, Jay Gould, J. P. Morgan, John D. Rockefeller, and some of the nation's biggest banks. Today, Hetty Green ranks near the top of America's list of greatest financiers, in company with Microsoft founder Bill Gates and billionaire-investor Warren Buffett. But in history books she has remained merely a footnote, a miser and an eccentric, whose character flaws and personal choices unjustly overshadowed her remarkable accomplishments on the fierce battlefield of American industry and commerce.

PREFACE

Chapter 1: NEW BEDFORD

Chapter 2: AUNT SYLVIA

Chapter 3: A TEST OF WILLS

Chapter 4: ALONE IN A CROWD

Chapter 5: SELF-IMPOSED EXILE

Chapter 6: PRIDE AND PAIN

Chapter 7: HETTY STORMS WALL STREET

Chapter 8: THE VIEW FROM BROOKLYN

Chapter 9: GROOMING A PROTÉGÉ

Chapter 10: THOU SHALT NOT PASS

Chapter 11: A LADY OF YOUR AGE

Chapter 12: ACROSS THE RIVER

Chapter 13: IF MY DAUGHTER IS HAPPY

Chapter 14: THE HAT WAS “HETTY” GREEN

Chapter 15: I’LL OUTLIVE ALL OF THEM!

Chapter 16: HIGH TIMES AT ROUND HILL

Chapter 17: SCATTERED TO THE WIND

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