Known as the “Oracle of Omaha”, Warren Buffet remains one of the most storied and consummate investors of Wall Street. The third wealthiest man in the world by net worth, he is synonymous with contrarian investing – the art of going against the herd when it comes to investing in the stock markets. Buffet was born in 1930 and continues to inspire investors around the world with his shrewd acumen and nose for profits.

However, long before Buffet became the poster boy of contrarian investing, one woman had made contrarian investing all her own. That woman was Hetty Green, who earned the moniker “The Witch of Wall Street”. Born almost a century before Buffet, Green started off by reading financial papers to her father at the tender age of six, and went on to become the richest woman in America during what was called the ‘Gilded Age’.

So, here’s a lowdown on the woman who dared to breach the masculine world of financial lending, and excelled at it: