Henrietta “Hetty” Green who died in 1916 has been called “America’s Greatest Miser,” yet may have been the world’s richest woman. She left an estate valued at over $100 million, which would be the equivalent of $2-3 billion today.
According to Wikipedia Green’s stinginess was legendary. She was said never to turn on the heat or use hot water. She wore one old black dress and undergarments that she changed only after they had been worn out; she did not wash her hands and she rode in an old carriage. She ate mostly pies that cost fifteen cents. Continue reading