Faces From The Past—VI


When Hetty Green died in 1916 at the age of eighty-one, she left her son and daughter an estate worth over one hundred million dollars. She also left a reputation about which she knew she could do nothing. “I do not blink facts,” she had said; ”… my life is written for me down in Wall Street by people who, I assume, do not care to know one iota of the real Hetty Green. I am in earnest; therefore they picture me heartless. I go my own way, take no partners, risk nobody else’s fortune, therefore I am Madame lshmael, set against every man.”

—Richard M. Ketchum