Lloyd Blankfein, Sun God


It has been alleged that the CEO of Goldman Sachs has extraordinary powers, specifically in his nether region. But he may be more powerful than we even thought, Joe Nocera and Bethany McLean suggest in their financial-crisis chronicle, All the Devils Are Here. Soon after joining the firm in 1981, they write, Lloyd began to exhibit the kind of empyreal qualities that suggest he may not be just a man with nuclear testicles, but a different kind of being altogether.

He proved that he had a sixth sense about making money and a rare ability to manage traders. His power began to grow. As he rose, he lost weight (about fifty pounds), quit smoking, and shaved his beard ... Although he wasn't physically prepossessing, tough-talking trader types were drawn to him. One partner described it as, "a little bit of the sun god phenomenon."

All the Devils Are Here: The Hidden History of the Financial Crisis [Amazon]
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