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Hetty

[het-ee]
Green, Hetty, 1835-1916, American financier, b. Henrietta Howland Robinson, New Bedford, Mass. She inherited a large fortune from her father and invested it so shrewdly that she was considered the greatest woman financier in the world. Extremely miserly during her lifetime, the "Witch of Wall Street" left an estate valued at $100-200 million.

See biographies by B. Sparkes and S. T. Moore (1930) and C. Slack (2004); A. H. Lewis, The Day They Shook the Plum Tree (1963).

orig. Henrietta Howland Robinson

Hetty Green, 1897

(born Nov. 21, 1834, New Bedford, Mass., U.S.—died July 3, 1916, New York, N.Y.) U.S. financier, reputedly the wealthiest American woman of her time. 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 at her death.

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orig. Henrietta Howland Robinson

Hetty Green, 1897

(born Nov. 21, 1834, New Bedford, Mass., U.S.—died July 3, 1916, New York, N.Y.) U.S. financier, reputedly the wealthiest American woman of her time. 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 at her death.

Learn more about Green, Hetty with a free trial on Britannica.com.

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