Janet Wallach on The Richest Woman in America: Hetty Green in the Gilded Age
No woman in the Gilded Age made as much money as Hetty Green. At the time of her death in 1916, she was worth at least 100 million dollars, equal to more than two billion dollars today. A strong believer in women being financially independent, she offered valuable lessons for the present times.
Abandoned at birth by her neurotic mother, scorned by her misogynist father, Hetty set out as a child to prove her value. Never losing faith in America's potential, she ignored the herd mentality and took… Show more
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