Staggering success, unexpected loss, over-the-top parties, shocking betrayals, and profound intimacy are woven together into a high-profile family-therapy session. The Just Enough Family follows the meteoric rise and staggering fall of the Steinbergs, once one of America’s richest families, through the eyes of Liz Lange— successful fashion designer, captivating storyteller, and niece of the infamous corporate raider Saul Steinberg. Host Ariel Levy (The New Yorker, The Rules do Not Apply), Liz’s friend, gets an inside look at what happened to the once seemingly invincible clan. New money, old secrets, and the fine line between success and excess.
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Liz Lange grew up in one of New York City’s richest families, and then accidentally started a maternity wear empire that revolutionized the look of American pregnancy— she led a charmed life until all at once, her family went bankrupt, she was diagnosed with cancer, and everything she believed to be dependable was proved precarious.
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Park Avenue Shtetl
The Steinberg wealth is all thanks to Liz’s uncle Saul, who became a multi millionaire before he turned thirty, and brought his entire family along for the ride—especially Liz’s father, Bobby, Saul’s life-long right-hand man.
Pumpkins and Monkeys
Liz learned about glamour from her mother, Kathy—a “shopper’s shopper”—whom she fought with all the time as a kid, to the great distress of her little sister, Jane, and their father, Bobby.
It’s a Wasp World
Saul was a genius—a business phenomenon who went to Wharton at sixteen, had a publicly-traded company by the end of his twenties, and led a “Halston kind of life” dating models and going to Studio 54—but the gentile establishment stood in his way when he went after august institutions like the Chemical Bank.
When Liz married Jeff Lange everyone thought she’d won the lottery, but ultimately his mental illness led to a tragic end that challenged even Liz’s relentless Pollyanna optimism.
The Magic Kingdom
Liz and Jane—and most of New York City—were dazzled by the gorgeous woman with the strange name who Saul took up with after his second divorce: Gayfryd. Meanwhile, Kathy and Bobby seemed to be competing for who could spend more extravagantly, and their marriage unraveled.
The Just Enough Family
Enjoyed it so much that I shared it a second listen with my wife rather than watching TV. Interested in similar recommendations
Thanks to everyone featured for being so open and honest! Such an amazing story and I loved the honesty with which it was told. Please please please make one more about reactions on hearing the podcast from the family! I’m dying to know what Bobby thought after listening.
We get it
E1 - we get it , they were rich , don’t need to drone on about how special they were for 15 minutes. It’s obnoxious and annoying.