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The Richest Woman in America

Friday, October 05, 2012

Janet Wallach tells the story of America's first female tycoon, Hetty Green. Her biography, The Richest Woman in America: Hetty Green in the Gilded Age, revives a rarely mentioned queen of American finance, who, at the time of her death in 1916, was worth at least 100 million dollars, equal to more than 2 billion dollars today.

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Janet Wallach

Comments [3]

Mike from Manhattan

Quakers were among the detractors of slavery. In fact Hetty Green, her entire family, and almost ALL Quakers were staunch supporters of freeing the slaves. Hey Anonymous from Becky: Maybe before you start making wild accusations you could check your facts?

Oct. 05 2012 02:19 PM
clark from nj

Her family were Quakers from New Bedford, MA. Seems the "slaves" were the sailors on her father's whaling fleet.

Oct. 05 2012 01:18 PM
Anonymous from Becky

Rich on money earned on the backs of slaves no doubt.

Oct. 05 2012 12:51 PM

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