Law: Green Grist

Peg-legged, pleasure-loving Edward Rowland Robinson Green died at the Lake Placid Club last June at 67, his wealth estimated between $40,000,000 and $100,000,000. He was the son of Hetty Green, once the world's richest woman—the penny-pinching "Witch of Wall Street" who used to shuttle between Brooklyn and Hoboken to avoid establishing residence and paying taxes while she was making millions in the stockmarket. Hetty conducted her affairs from any desk she chose in Manhattan's old Chemical National Bank, often ate a lunch of sliced Spanish onions while sitting on the bank's...

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