Curse of Riches

Wendel family picCurse of Riches reveals the extraordinary untold story of the Wendels, one of Gilded Age New York’s wealthiest and most dysfunctional families.

In the eyes of the world, the Wendels had everything. They owned vast swathes of Manhattan real estate, lived in a handsome Fifth Avenue mansion and had more money than they could possibly spend.

But the last generation of the family – one brother and seven sisters – lived an emotionally impoverished existence. They battled with each other for freedom and space, fearfully shunning suitors and struggling with their own demons. 

Curse of Riches prises open the door of the Wendel mansion – dubbed “the house of mystery” by the press – to reveal a fascinating family imprisoned in a gilded cage.