100 years ago, he died very greedy woman in the world
• 100 years ago died very greedy woman in the world
July 3, 1916 died the most greedy woman in the world. Henrietta Howland Hetty Green, which for the eye called the "Witch of Wall Street," Greed is not ruined - she died in '81 of a heart attack. Her name is listed in the Guinness Book of Records with a mark "The most miserly person in the world." At the time of the death of the Getty was the richest woman of the time, its state totaled 4 billion. Dollars. It owned more than 8 thousand plots of land, was a notable moneylender and bought up shares of companies related to railways.
Henrietta was born in 1834 in a family that owned a good state at the time. The main source of income was Howland whale oil. Her education entirely engaged grandfather - Gideon Howland. Henrietta belonged to a Protestant religious group of Quakers, quite common at that time in the New England states. The name "Quaker" comes from the English "quake" - to tremble, tremble. Among the vital precepts Quakers have always been self-restraint, simplicity in food and clothing.
When the old Gideon's sight began to weaken, the seven year old Getty climbed onto his lap, and with interest was reading newspaper reports of financial news, passable sorting out the difference between stocks and bonds. In 13 years - it has been a family accountant.
On her incredible frugality that turned eventually into stinginess is legendary. Henrietta was quite a pretty girl, but grooms slightly alarmed that the young girl goes in the same shabby dress and worn-out shoes. After her mother's death, Getty rarely suited techniques. And the word "suit" is inappropriate here too: they say that the young Green extinguished expensive candles before leaving the guests, and cinders sold the next day; wipes the daughter of a millionaire is not discarded, and sprinkled with water and iron an iron to use them again.
After the death of his father in 1865, Henrietta became the successor state to an impressive 7, $ 5 million. It was at that time she met her future husband - Edward Green.
The Greens were old American congressmen and judges, and uncle stayed Boston mayor. as Edward himself, speaks several languages, including Chinese, has traveled halfway around the world. At eighteen he was delayed in the Philippines, where he made a fortune in the silk trade, tea, tobacco and hashish.
Edward backed Henrietta, when his father died, and then - when her aunt died. Two years later, Henriette agreed to go down the aisle with Edward Green. Couple legalize their relationship and "bonded" their marriage contract, according to which Edward had no right to a penny from the state of the Getty. Family family, and money separately. And even when her husband went bankrupt and got into debt, the Getty has not helped his wife. She just drove it.
At that time everyone knew Hetty Green on Wall Street. She owned acres of land and real estate. She was not equal to the usury and gambling: brokers know if Hetty Green buys shares of the company, then tomorrow the price of these securities will soar to the heavens. Buying securities Getty learned everything about the company and could talk about it even more than the owner. From marriage Henrietta left two children, Ned and Sylvia, which periodically suffered from excessive thrift mother. Green did not have their own homes, living in cheap motels, savings on medicines and foods. Henrietta almost never spent on clothes and shoes, and underwear changed only when the previous turned into rags. She never used the services of maids and laundresses. After reading the latest press, she sent Ned to sell the newspaper. The store could bargain for hours for each cent - most sellers hated Getty.
Because of avarice Henrietta, her son Ned lost his leg. In one of the frosty winters, Ned were bought sleds. The guy could not believe their luck and immediately chose to ride the coolest and dangerous roller coaster. During one of the slopes and sled overturned boy severely injured his leg. In a fit of saving Henrietta went for help to the hospital for the poor. Unfortunately, skuperdyayku all knew in the face. The doctors refused to help her son. Getty then decided to treat her son at home: a few years, Ned was suffering from terrible pain, and after - underwent amputation of his leg above the knee.
The Getty aging never abandoned the fear of an assassination attempt and a rare friend she had come with their own food and even alcohol burner for cooking eggs. After receiving a license to carry a weapon, I never parted with him. Appeared cars, as well as any luxuries rejected, saying: "Jesus Christ was enough to move the ass." It was in the time of passage of the morning, "the service," photos of objects and grabbed the woman's unusual appearance: black dull coat, hat with a widow's veil, evil old woman's face, and sharp, not senile gait. Whether this kind of repulsive, whether persistent rumors about strange, unusual actions were the appearance of its newspaper nickname "Witch of Wall Street."
In '81 Getty died of a heart attack. Two of her children have inherited a vast fortune - about 4 billion dollars at today's money.. Ned Greene later became known by the nickname "Uncle Ned". His part, he had put in a good life, cars and technological developments. Sylvia became a generous benefactor. Getty pictured with his daughter Silvia.
After her mother's death, Ned married and almost immediately became interested in the automotive industry. Of course, your own car has become one of the first families of acquisitions.