I am reading Empty Mansions: The Mysterious Life of Huguette Clark and the Spending of a Great American Fortune by Bill Dedman (WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE) and Paul Clark Newell, Jr.
From the book flap:
“At its heart (the book) is a reclusive heiress named Huguette Clark, a woman so secretive that, at the time of her death at age 104, no new photograph had been seen of her in decades. Though she owned palatial homes in California, New York, and Connecticut, why had she lived for twenty years in a simple hospital room, despite being in excellent health? Why were her valuables being sold off? Was she in control of her fortune, or controlled by those managing her money?”
I have read through page 41 and the story begins with Huguette’s father starting to make his fortune during the Gold Rush and discovering how to mine copper efficiently (you can imagine the extent of this fortune – copper!!). He is titled the Copper King in the book. Yeah, that kind of rich.
I’m always interested in the eccentric ones and I love to daydream about winning the lottery, so essentially this is a perfect book for me. I’m hoping it gets me off my daydreaming kick because I have a feeling that things are pretty lonely at the top for poor Huguette and I should be grateful for what I have.