Most Famous Investment Bankers of All Time

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Who would be included on this list?

Byron D. Trott..............and?

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Sep 21, 2011

Joseph Perella, Bruce Wasserstein

Sep 21, 2011

Quattrone

Sep 21, 2011
Sep 21, 2011

JP Morgan and Felix Rohatyn were the only guys I'd heard of before coming into this industry. JP Morgan is in the same bracket of famous as Einstien and Jordan. When your fame is so big that children and people not in your field know who you are, you've made it to the big time.

Sep 21, 2011

ken moelis

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Sep 21, 2011

felix rohatyn. john meriwether (although technically not a banker, but a trader if i remember correctly from liar's poker). check hereisthecity.com 's wall street legends list.

Sep 23, 2011
another monkey:

felix rohatyn. john meriwether (although technically not a banker, but a trader if i remember correctly from liar's poker). check hereisthecity.com 's wall street legends list.

Meriwether? He said famous, not infamous.

Also, no one wants to click the link to your more than likely shitty webpage.

Sep 21, 2011
jos.a.bankhard:
another monkey:

felix rohatyn. john meriwether (although technically not a banker, but a trader if i remember correctly from liar's poker). check hereisthecity.com 's wall street legends list.

Meriwether? He said famous, not infamous.

Also, no one wants to click the link to your more than likely shitty webpage.

think salomon brothers and stay cool

Sep 25, 2011
jos.a.bankhard:
another monkey:

felix rohatyn. john meriwether (although technically not a banker, but a trader if i remember correctly from liar's poker). check hereisthecity.com 's wall street legends list.

Meriwether? He said famous, not infamous.

Also, no one wants to click the link to your more than likely shitty webpage.

Hereisthecity isn't exactly a shitty webpage bro.

Sep 21, 2011

michael milken

Sep 21, 2011

J.P. Morgan, the Rothschilds, the Warburgs

That's about it

Sep 21, 2011

jp, rothschilds thats it.

Sep 21, 2011

It's a sad day indeed when it takes 10 comments in a most famous bankers thread before someone thinks to mention Sidney Weinberg.

Sep 21, 2011
Nouveau Richie:

It's a sad day indeed when it takes 10 comments in a most famous bankers thread before someone thinks to mention Sidney Weinberg.

I thought of him, but couldn't remember his name. Then I realized he might not be that famous if I couldn't remember it...

Sep 21, 2011

50 cent

Sep 21, 2011

Henry Paulson, Robert Greenhill, Joe Perella, etc... Unless they're C-level bankers or founded their own firms they won't be very "well known"

Sep 21, 2011

Andre Meyer, Thom Weisel, Steve Schwarzzman,

All things are possible with Him i have to deal

Sep 21, 2011

Damon Mezzacappa, The ZAOUI Brothers

All things are possible with Him i have to deal

Sep 21, 2011

Get a Lifestein

when you're accustomed to privilege, equality feels like oppression

Sep 22, 2011
onemanwolfpack:

Get a Lifestein

Hahaha LOL

Sep 23, 2011
onemanwolfpack:

Get a Lifestein

Surprise surprise...ANOTHER successful Jewish banker...

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Sep 22, 2011

who are your fav accountants?

I cant decide between Ernst and Young!!

Nov 30, 2012
deal_mkr:

who are your fav accountants?

I cant decide between Ernst and Young!!

LOL @ this comment!

Sep 22, 2011

Lets be real bys the most famous investment banker of all time is GORDON GEKKO haha

Sep 22, 2011
Sep 22, 2011

Bankers (non-markets guys) -

Wasserstein
Perella
Greenhill
Schwarzman
Rohatyn
Weinberg
Quattrone
Boutros
Moelis
Dingemans

Sep 21, 2011

Gekko was a trader not a banker

Sep 22, 2011
DreamMonkey:

Gekko was a trader not a banker

Then what was his takeover of charlie sheen's dad's airline? haha

Sep 21, 2011
dmackorth:
DreamMonkey:

Gekko was a trader not a banker

Then what was his takeover of charlie sheen's dad's airline? haha

Please please please tell me you're joking.

Sep 22, 2011
Nouveau Richie:
dmackorth:
DreamMonkey:

Gekko was a trader not a banker

Then what was his takeover of charlie sheen's dad's airline? haha

Please please please tell me you're joking.

Dont worry, joking....BUT IT WORKED haha

Sep 22, 2011
dmackorth:
Nouveau Richie:
dmackorth:
DreamMonkey:

Gekko was a trader not a banker

Then what was his takeover of charlie sheen's dad's airline? haha

Please please please tell me you're joking.

Dont worry, joking....BUT IT WORKED haha

he was just after the over-funded pension...

Sep 21, 2011

C'mon.....ALEXANDER HAMILTON

Sep 22, 2011

Sidney Weinberg's the man. Probably sat on more corporate boards than anyone else in corporate America's history.

Sep 22, 2011

Gary Parr

Sep 22, 2011

Frankie Q

Sep 22, 2011

Yes Sidney Weinberg,

I can still vividly remember the first time I heard about Sidney in one of Malcolm Gladwell's articles. His journey from being a janitor's assistant to being the CEO of one of the greatest investment banks in the world is nothing short of a miracle. Kinda makes you want to believe people can rise above adversity and succeed if they work hard :)

Here is the article if you haven't read already:
http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2008/11/10/0811...

My formula for success is rise early, work late and strike oil - JP Getty

Sep 22, 2011

I can't believe you guys missed Bill Hambrecht. The grandfather of all tech bankers who formed H&Q... Apple, Genentech, Adobe.

Also, maybe former GS Byron Trott like you noted OP, depending on what Buffett does in a few years...

Sep 22, 2011

the de Medicis
the Rothschilds
the Warburgs

these are the only bankers heard of outside of the street

they will be remembered long after the Blankfeins and the Milkens of the world are forgotten even by the street

Sep 22, 2011

JS Morgan, George Peabody, Haym Solomon (Funded the American revolution), T. Boone Pickens, Jacob Schiff and the Lazard brothers

Sep 23, 2011

Quattrone...has made a huge name for himself in during this Tech boom over the past 15 years

Sep 23, 2011

Weinberg

Sep 26, 2011

Carl Icahn

I have to return some video tapes.

Sep 26, 2011
noname1001:

Carl Icahn

I don't know that I'd call him so much of an investment banker, more of a general financier. ;

Sep 22, 2011

^^ he's a corporate raider.

Sep 21, 2011
Gekko_KKR:

^^ he's a corporate raider.

A real life gekko...badass lol

Nov 30, 2012

How has no one said the Oppenheim family? Salomon Oppenheim was huge

Nov 30, 2012

Not in meetings, but I have run into two of the guys mentioned above and a couple of other guys running top boutiques at golf clubs, like National, Seminole, CC of Purchase, etc. They are surprisingly pretty regular guys from my experience.

Nov 30, 2012

Dimon isn't a banker. He's the CEO of a financial institution, where investment banking is just a division. If memory serves right he come up through the commercial side.

Sep 22, 2011
ideating:

Dimon isn't a banker. He's the CEO of a financial institution, where investment banking is just a division. If memory serves right he come up through the commercial side.

True, but I wasn't being that specific. Someone very well-known in investment banking circles. And Dimon did make his way up the ranks through acquisitions.

And yes, Ling, I meant talked to at least for a minute or so. Or been around for a while.

Nov 30, 2012

I don't know what you mean of meeting them? As talking to them? Dimon gave all the SA a talk last summer. I don't know if that counts as of meeting.. Most Summer programs does that..

-) Ling

Ling~

Ling~

Nov 30, 2012

ideating, you are a retarded douchebag. You are a douchebag for calling an investment bank a "financial institution" (who uses that term?), and you are retarded for not knowing who people refer to when they refer to "bankers."

"Jamie Dimon, the new CEO of J.P. Morgan Chase is taking a shot at the title of world's most important banker..."
http://money.cnn.com/magazines/fortune/fortune_arc...
There's a book, published in '69, called Winthrop Aldrich: Lawyer, Banker, Diplomat. Why the "banker" label? Was he a loan officer in Tulsa? No, he was the chairman of Chase Manhattan.

The title of this article about McColl (when he was chairman of BofA): "PRIVATE SECTOR; A Powerful Banker's Other Hat"
http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9C0...
When Lloyd Blankfein donates to campaigns, he writes down his occupation as "investment banker."

Let me explain something to you: the lower you are on the ladder at a bank, the less likely you are to get away with calling yourself a "banker." When people talk about bankers running Wall Street they aren't talking about associates and analysts. Sometimes, when an MD is pitching a monster deal, the President will come along to the pitch. Why? Shouldn't he be doing CEO stuff and "managing" by your definition?

Also, who gives a sh*t if he came up through the commercial side? Is that not still banking? The OP was obviously asking about more than M&A advisors when he mentioned Pandit.

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Nov 30, 2012

Commercial bankers are still "bankers". So are bank tellers. Banking is a spectrum if ya didn't know.

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Nov 30, 2012

Thank you for one of the more pointless bumps of 2013.

Nov 30, 2012

Mark Klein needs a girlfriend.

Nov 30, 2012

all the time?

Nov 30, 2012

I'd consider Dimon a "banker" as well. MKMD makes all good points.

Nov 30, 2012

Hmm... yeah not sure why he is irritated all the time.

My point in using the term "financial institution" is to point out that JPMorgan is much more than an investment bank. The levels of hierarchy are different between the CEO of Goldman and a lowly GS analyst than Dimon and a JPM analyst. And I don't think that "banker" on this board has ever referred to a commercial banker. True, Pandit wasn't an M&A advisor in the way some of those other guys were but he did come up through S&T.

Dimon went from b-school to Amex to consumer finance and climbed the ladder that way- his background clearly is not in investment banking.

Thanks for the post though, good to see they are well researched and noted.

Nov 30, 2012

Last week we were meeting with a certain European bank and their CEO of Americas stopped by for a chat.

Not sure if that counts as "famous."

Nov 30, 2012

hahahahaha...tim sykes...famous. Famous for being an ass and a bad hf manager

So what do you do?
-I work for an investment banking firm.
Oh okay; you are like my brother, he works for Edward Jones.
-No, a college degree is required in my profession

Reality hits you hard, bro...

Nov 30, 2012

I got meet Frank Quattrone briefly during an interview a few weeks ago with his new team. I'm not much for being star-struck, but it was nice to meet him. Funny guy.

I didn't expect to see him, I figured he was having lunch with Erich Schmidt or some other Silicon Valley celeb somewhere, but there he was, in his own group's office. Whoduh thunk it.

Nov 30, 2012
Alphaholic:

I got meet Frank Quattrone briefly during an interview a few weeks ago with his new team. I'm not much for being star-struck, but it was nice to meet him. Funny guy.

I didn't expect to see him, I figured he was having lunch with Erich Schmidt or some other Silicon Valley celeb somewhere, but there he was, in his own group's office. Whoduh thunk it.

That's tight, Frank is the man. What kind of impression did you get from their office?

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