Never heard of before this Most of us would have at least a passing familiarity with names like Jay Gould Andrew Carnegie Cornelius
Vanderbilt J P Morgan EtcJ P Morgan etc how many have actually heard of Hetty Green n e Hetty Howland Robinson Dubbed The Witch of Wall Street she inherited a small fortune from her aunt and multiplied it many many times over through shrewd investments and business dealings until she was widely considered the richest woman in America during its Gilded Age She also had the gumption to go head to head with the much feared Collis P Huntington leader of the Big Four who CONTROLLED MOST OF THE EARLY AMERICAN most of the early American networks She built up such a formidable money lending business that newspapers used to feature headlines like Hetty Green Cuts Rates much like how the WSJ would report on the Fed s moves today Perhaps what she was most famous for at the time was her extreme miserliness despite her enormous wealth to the extent where she brought dresses to the cleaner s and asked for only the bottom parts to be washed to save money and neighbours would see her on top of her house fixing her own roof The writer tries to be balanced in his portrayal of her though citing her support of as many as 30 churches at one time by providing them cheap loans at way below market rates Yes they were loans not outright donations because with Hetty Green nothing came free but stillYou will not get a step by step manual on how to get rich with this book but the principles she stood by are there and overall it was an interesting bit of history. Cial papers to her father to the battle over her inheritance that was one of the most controversial legal cases of her time; from her collisions with railroad magnate Collis Huntington to her rescue of New York City from financial ruinLooking well beyond the lore and historical prejudices Charles Slack presents a full portrait of a true American original a female Citizen Kane who having turned away from the conventions of her time as a woman a wife a mother and a mogul led a life of a different sort with occasionally tragic results becoming both a hero and a victim of her era Above all it is a story of an uncompromising larger than life flawed woman who ruled a vast financial empire but was known simply as Hetty. E ate cold oatmeal while having kajillions in the bankButit seems that s the most interesting thing about her This book put me to sleep better than a shot of sherry This is a very average book It contains a few interesting snippets but if one wants to read about interesting business people there are many better optionsI found too much of the text was devoted to ears before she started in business Undoubtedly this was because the author was able to gather material about these ears not because they were business Undoubtedly this was because the author was able to gather material about these ears not because they were relevant in themselvesIt also turns me off when an author makes conjectures using the term undoubtedly which this author does than onceA die hard reader of business biographies may like this book and rate it average as I did A reader who is not that keen on the genre will undoubtedly be put off the the genre completely after this The 1996 book The Wealthy 100 ranked the net work of 100 wealthy Americans by the percentage of the Gross National Product their personal fortunes represented Hetty the only woman on the list came in 36th five places behind Bill Gates and three places ahead of Warren BuffettThis is a fascinating well written book about an amazing woman On her own using financial acumen unheard for a woman in her day and age she died in 1916 at age 81 she managed to parlay a family inheritance into a fortune so large that she freuently bailed out the City of New York when they encountered cash crunches When JP Morgan called a "meeting of new ork s financial leaders aft "of New York s financial leaders aft was a uick and enjoyable read on a lady I had. Pany 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 commerceIn Hetty Charles Slack reexamines the life work and conflicted legacy of the exceptionally resourceful ruthless and inimitable woman who turned a comfortable inheritance into a fortune through instinct courage cunning greed and determination to succeed at a man's game on her own terms from her childhood in the uaker community of New Bedford Massachusetts where she learned about business by reading finan. Enigma eccentric exceptional endearingThe price of independence versus Because men have always in the past controlled history it follows that there have always been biographies about men than wom A well researched in the past controlled history it follows that there have always been biographies about
*men than wom A well researched deftly written biography of one of the early 20th century s most *than "Wom A Well Researched Deftly Written Biography Of One Of "A well researched deftly written biography of one of early 20th century s most Americans I want her money but not by being like her She rocks I loved this book and have read it twice The first female tycoon and a horrid miser Evil men are interesting evil women are fascinating Hetty Green known to her legion of detractors as the Witch of Wall Street became the richest woman in the world through a combination of financial genius and utter ruthlessness living like a pauper and caring nothing for what the world thought of her Her two children found it much less pleasant Not a likable character by any means and et there is something almost admirable in the way this flinty uintessentially New England Yankee competed with powerful men in a man s world and won This is a fascinating story now largely forgotten with numerous local angles and locations from New Bedford to Vermont Alan I thought I d totally dig this book I love reading about 1 American history 2 especially women in American history 3 especially women beating men at their own game in American history and 4 especially women beating men at their own game in American Victorian to Progressive era history And I remembered seeing a picture of Hetty in the Guinness World Records when I was in grade school She was deemed the world s worse miser or something because sh. 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 StreetAt the time of her death in 1916 Hetty Green's personal fortune was estimated at 100 million 16 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 com.
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