If you've spent any time here on WSO, you surely would have noticed that starting a career in finance is not easy. The competition for jobs is fierce to say the least, and once you get in its no cakewalk. Being an analyst isn't fun and the higher up the ladder you get you realize life isn't a hoot either. Be it from the countless hours of banking or the sleepless nights of a trader, the pursuit of "baller" status is full of trials and tribulations.
But chin up little monkey, all is not lost.
Before you throw in that towel, here's a quick reminder why you're in the game, and the perks you might (or might not) get if you persevere.
In no particular order, I give you the top banker cribs:
With neighbors like Sandy Weill, Daniel Och and a host of other Goldman MD's and partners, this place has become a veritable fortress for financiers. Third point's Daniel Loeb lives in the $45 million penthouse he bought in 2008.
Schwarzman owns the former apartment of John D. Rockefeller Jr. (and then Saul Steinberg's), a major trophy in WASPdom. The CEO's pad has 37 rooms and was at the time the most expensive apartment in New York; he paid $37 million for it back in 2000. Henry Kravis is a former resident as well.
The former Guccione (of Penthouse fame) Mansion, the 25,000+ sq. ft. home was witness to several orgies and was rumored to have had moldings of T&A all over the place. Falcone is said to have since removed them.
The legend purchased his mansion for $17 million back in 1999. After a $10 million renovation, the chief now enjoys 12 baths, a soundproof media room, and 2-story master bedroom. It is also rumored to have a panic room built to withstand chemical weapons attacks.
Another address that may not be "cool" since it loses points for being north of 86th street, 1185 Park is home to Jamie Dimon and family, the CEO combined 2 apartments in the building with an estimated price of $10 million in 2004.
If this doesn't give you the push you need, at least it gives you a chance to network like a stalker.