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Hetty Green
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    (November 21, 1834-July 3, 1916)
    Born in New Bedford, Massachusetts
    Birth name was Henrietta Howland Robinson
    Inherited $7.5 million (1864)
    Was worth $100-200 million at her death ($2-4 billion in 2007 dollars)
    Richest woman in the world at the time of her death
    Nicknamed the 'Witch of Wall Street'
    When her aunt left $2 million to charity, she sued to get the will overturned.
    She left her husband, Edward Green, when he lost his fortune and expected her to bail him out.
    She was an extreme miser who refused to undergo a hernia operation because it would cost $150.
    After her son broke his leg, her attempts to get him into a free clinic delayed treatment for so long that gangrene set in and the leg had to be amputated.
    At age six, she was reading the financial papers to her father and at age 13, she was the family bookkeeper.
    She was a shrewd investor who was one of the few women to make a fortune during the Gilded Age.
    She reconciled with her husband and nursed him during the years before his death from chronic kidney disease (1902).
    During the Panic of 1907, she loaned New York $1.1 million to keep the city afloat.

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