Biographical profile of Hetty Green, considered by most historians to have been the richest American woman of all time. Dubbed "America's First Female Tycoon," or the "Witch of Wall Street," Green deservedly earned a place in the pantheon of American titans. Unfortunately, she is better known for her eccentricities and miserly ways--and she was as tightfisted as a bare-knuckled boxer--than for her unprecedented accomplishments in what was an exclusively male domain: finance. Where William Vanderbilt doubled his father's fortune in 10 years, Hetty astutely invested her inheritance and saw it grow more than twenty-fold in the half century following her father'is death. Award-winning author and syndicated columnist Daniel Alef, who has written the biographical profiles of more than 300 of America's greatest tycoons, tells the story of Hetty Green's remarkable, at times bizarre, but always moving life. [1,299-word Titans of Fortune article]
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Meta4 Press LLC
May 12, 2010
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