If America ever had an empress, it would be Marjorie Merriweather Post. Heiress to the Post cereal fortune and four-times divorced, Marjorie was a socialite whose wealth was extraordinary. It enabled her to build estates like Mar-A-Lago, the fate of which would land in the hands of a modern-day president. But for how deep her pockets were, she knew that wealth meant nothing if it wasn’t in the service of others. It was her father who gave those wise words and whose tragic suicide would inevitably make her the wealthiest woman in America.
Her Father Humbly Invented Postum Cereal
Marjorie Merriweather Post was born in Springfield, Illinois in 1887. She was the only child of C.W. Post and Ella Merriweather, both from middle-class backgrounds. In 1894, C.W. Post developed Postum, a coffee alternative drink made of wheatberries, bran, and molasses.
As a child, Post would help her father sell Postum to stores with no success. C.W. Post then developed a major advertising campaign to generate a demand for his product. The ads helped boost sales of Postum and by the time Marjorie was a teenager, her family had become multi-millionaires.