The Witch of Wall Street

Hetty Green, nicknamed "The Witch of Wall Street
Hetty Green. Nov. 21, 1834 - July 3, 1916

Have you ever heard of her. She was nicknamed "The Witch of Wall Street." 

The Witch of Wall Street 

An American, financier. A business woman, who made millions on Wall Street. What made her famous at the time was she became the first woman to ever make an influence in the male dominated stock market, real estate markets, and money lending markets. And, get this, was a...

Penny pinching miser. 
Stingy and Cheap.
 To the max.

  • Born Henrietta Howland Robinson, in Bedford, Massachusetts.
  • Read financial papers to her father when she was 6.
  • Became the family bookkeeper at 13
  • Started school at 15
  • Inherited $7.5 million in 1864 today's value $107 million. When she heard her father left his sister $2 million she took her to court.

Her motto:

Conservative investments, substantial cash reserves to back up any movement, and an exceedingly cool head when talking business.

Rumours surfaced, she ate only Oatmeal heated on a radiator.  As if that's crazy.

That didn't seem too weird, I've tried to frying bacon and eggs on my car fender once. No it didn't work!

Rumours, rumours, rumours!

She never turned on heat, or used hot water.  Wore one black dress, and undergarments that she changed only after being worn out.  She did not wash.
She ate mostly pies that cost her 15 cents.

Rumours spread she spent a whole night looking for a lost two cent stamp. Washed only the dirtiest parts of clothing to same money on soap.

Her son Ned, broke his leg. She was so cheap she splint it herself instead of having to pay doctor, ending up with him having to get his leg amputated, years later.

She died at the ripe old age of 81. Her son was in charge of looking after her in her later years. I'm sure he took good care of her, even though she was the one responsible for him losing his leg.  I'm sure he took good care of her.   

She's also in the Guinness Book of World Records as the Worlds Greatest Miser.

The richest woman in the world at the time. Saving New York City from going bankrupt several times with secured loans.

So, why am I telling you this?

Oh, right!

You can't take it with you!  Her kids and their kids, and their kids got the money, spent most of it and gave what was left to charity.

Her frugality all done in vain.  Makes you wonder doesn't it.  I was thinking of breaking into my piggy bank and spending my thirty-seven dollars.

Who would I leave it to, in my will?

Plus it's in the crossword. Clue: Witch of Wall Street, Green.  Answer:  Hetty

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