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The Richest Woman in America - Hetty Green in the Gilded Age

Janet Wallach

A captivating biography of America's first female tycoon, Hetty Green, the iconoclast who forged one of the greatest fortunes of her time. 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 2 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. Following the simple rules of her wealthy Quaker father, she successfully invested her money and along the way proved to herself that she was wealthy and therefore worthy. Never losing faith in America's potential, she ignored the herd mentality and took advantage of financial panics and crises. When everyone else was selling, she bought railroads, real estate, and government bonds. And when everyone was buying and borrowing, she put her money into cash and earned safe returns on her dollars. Men mocked her and women scoffed at her frugal ways, but she turned her back and piled up her earnings, amassing a fortune that supported businesses, churches, municipalities, and even the city of New York itself. She relished a challenge. When her aunt died and did not leave Hetty the fortune she expected, she plunged into a groundbreaking lawsuit that still resonates in law schools and courts. When her husband defied her and sank her money on his own risky interests, she threw him out and, marching down to Wall Street, quickly made up the loss. Her independence, outspokenness, and disdain for the upper crust earned her a reputation for harshness that endured for decades. Newspapers kept her in the headlines, linking her name with witches and miscreants. Yet those who knew her admired her warmth, her wisdom, and her wit. Set during a period of financial crisis strikingly similar to our current one, acclaimed author Janet Wallach's engrossing exploration of a fascinating li

A captivating biography of America's first female tycoon, Hetty Green, the iconoclast who forged one of the greatest fortunes of her time. 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 2 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. Following the simple rules of her wealthy Quaker father, she successfully invested her money and along the way proved to herself that she was wealthy and therefore worthy. Never losing faith in America's potential, she ignored the herd mentality and took advantage of financial panics and crises. When everyone else was selling, she bought railroads, real estate, and government bonds. And when everyone was buying and borrowing, she put her money into cash and earned safe returns on her dollars. Men mocked her and women scoffed at her frugal ways, but she turned her back and piled up her earnings, amassing a fortune that supported businesses, churches, municipalities, and even the city of New York itself. She relished a challenge. When her aunt died and did not leave Hetty the fortune she expected, she plunged into a groundbreaking lawsuit that still resonates in law schools and courts. When her husband defied her and sank her money on his own risky interests, she threw him out and, marching down to Wall Street, quickly made up the loss. Her independence, outspokenness, and disdain for the upper crust earned her a reputation for harshness that endured for decades. Newspapers kept her in the headlines, linking her name with witches and miscreants. Yet those who knew her admired her warmth, her wisdom, and her wit. Set during a period of financial crisis strikingly similar to our current one, acclaimed author Janet Wallach's engrossing exploration of a fascinating li
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A captivating biography of America's first female tycoon, Hetty Green, the iconoclast who forged one of the greatest fortunes of her time. 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 2 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. Following the simple rules of her wealthy Quaker father, she successfully invested her money and along the way proved to herself that she was wealthy and therefore worthy. Never losing faith in America's potential, she ignored the herd mentality and took advantage of financial panics and crises. When everyone else was selling, she bought railroads, real estate, and government bonds. And when everyone was buying and borrowing, she put her money into cash and earned safe returns on her dollars. Men mocked her and women scoffed at her frugal ways, but she turned her back and piled up her earnings, amassing a fortune that supported businesses, churches, municipalities, and even the city of New York itself. She relished a challenge. When her aunt died and did not leave Hetty the fortune she expected, she plunged into a groundbreaking lawsuit that still resonates in law schools and courts. When her husband defied her and sank her money on his own risky interests, she threw him out and, marching down to Wall Street, quickly made up the loss. Her independence, outspokenness, and disdain for the upper crust earned her a reputation for harshness that endured for decades. Newspapers kept her in the headlines, linking her name with witches and miscreants. Yet those who knew her admired her warmth, her wisdom, and her wit. Set during a period of financial crisis strikingly similar to our current one, acclaimed author Janet Wallach's engrossing exploration of a fascinating li

Language:

English

Narrators:

Coleen Marlo

Length:

8h 28m


Chapters

Free Sample

04:25

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:16


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

00:53


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

04:26


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

08:04


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

08:03


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

04:42


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

07:48


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

04:35


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

04:50


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

07:16


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

07:22


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

07:45


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

07:47


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

06:34


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

07:37


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

06:52


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

06:32


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

04:26


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

04:56


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

08:37


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

08:07


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

06:06


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

07:06


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

05:54


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

04:27


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

09:10


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

07:51


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

09:13


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

07:40


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

08:07


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

08:44


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

09:05


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

08:10


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

06:19


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

06:42


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

05:26


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

07:50


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

05:13


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

06:08


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

05:54


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

06:29


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

08:29


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

07:13


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

05:44


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

05:44


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

04:48


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

07:58


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

05:00


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

02:08


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

02:41


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

05:48


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

06:16


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

07:41


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

06:28


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

08:53


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

06:32


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

05:39


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

08:13


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

03:26


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

06:27


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

02:43


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

07:16


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

06:21


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

03:40


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

02:47


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

08:09


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

04:56


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

05:57


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

07:34


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

06:10


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

06:20


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

07:16


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

08:01


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

07:26


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

07:17


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

07:34


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

04:28


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

06:48


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

07:46


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

03:07


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

02:22


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

00:29