Hetty Green

What Would She Say Today?

"It was a colossal mistake on my part to spend all my life accumulating wealth. When I left the world of the living, I lost everything."

Factoid - Reputed to be the wealthiest woman of her time. She was born in New Bedford, Mass. In 1865 her father and aunt both died, leaving her an estate valued at $10 million. By shrewd management she increased it to more than $100 million by her death. Green is most famous for leading a life of extreme thrift. She ate unheated oatmeal and dressed in ragged clothes.