Wall Street People: True Stories of Today's Masters and Moguls / Edition 1

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Wall Street has a pantheon of fascinating heroes-and downright villains-who have shaped the face of the contemporary investment world and transformed a narrow street in lower Manhattan into a cultural icon recognized the world over. Who hasn't heard of the achievements and exploits of legends such as Warren Buffett, John Neff, Alan Greenspan, Peter Lynch, John Meriwether, Michael Milken, or George Soros and wondered what the people behind the deeds (or misdeeds) were really like, what they really did, and how?

Wall Street People is a marvelous collection of fascinating profiles of the most interesting, powerful, and talked-about financial luminaries ever to light up the investment world. From influential money managers to ingenious private investors, and from rising stars to fallen heroes, these financial heavyweights have created and performed the great roles on Wall Street-with brilliant stories of money won and lost, amazing financial coups, blind ambition, and brazen cons.

Going behind the image, Wall Street People provides a close look at the personal and professional lives of these powerful, financial personalities and offers inside glimpses into where they got their starts, how they attained their success, what keeps them going, and what earned them fame-or in certain cases-notoriety. Here are portraits of such well-known personalities as:

WARREN BUFFETT-the investment genius whose skill enabled him to become one of America's wealthiest individuals

SIEGMUND WARBURG-the refugee from Nazi Germany who led the transformation of London's financial markets

JOHN TEMPLETON-the self-made man who established a distinguished record in investment management and amassed a billion-dollar fortune

SIDNEY WEINBERG, JOHN WHITEHEAD, AND JOHN WEINBERG-who converted Goldman Sachs from disaster in 1930 to global leadership in 2000

EDWARD C. JOHNSON 2nd AND 3rd-as father in the 1940s and, later, son in the 1960s, led Fidelity from managing $3 million in 1943 to nearly $900 billion today

LARRY TISCH-who parlayed the purchase of a resort hotel into a major American fortune

MICHAEL BLOOMBERG-the engaging, hard-driving, irreverent entrepreneur who made a fortune servicing investors' need for data and transformed the world's markets

JACK DREYFUS-the founder of the billion-dollar Dreyfus Fund and the idea of performance investing

JOHN NEFF-the longest running, most successful mutual fund manager in history

JONATHAN BELL LOVELACE-the gentle genius who took over a troubled mutual fund in the 1930s and, with his son as successor, developed what is now recognized by professionals as the world's leading investment management organization

Revealing, captivating, and at times surprising, the profiles in Wall Street People offer you a rare glimpse of the masterminds behind Wall Street's wheeling, dealing, and everyday dynamics. This unique collection of profiles will be savored by all who are fascinated by or curious about the adventures of finance and investment-and the most significant people who made it happen.

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Editorial Reviews

A seasoned Wall Street investment manager gathers a collection of profiles of the influential financial luminaries of the investment world. Drawn from magazines, colleagues' accounts, newspapers, and other sources, the profiles examine the personal and professional lives of these powerful characters and how they earned their fame or notoriety. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471238096
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 4/16/2001
  • Series: Wiley Investment Ser.
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 360
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Meet the Author

CHARLES D. ELLIS served 28 years as managing partner of Greenwich Associates. He has taught courses in investment management at Harvard Business School and Yale School of Management; served as a trustee on the investment committees of Phillips Exeter Academy, Yale University, and the Whitehead Institute; and as chairman of the Association for Investment Management and Research (AIMR).
JAMES R. VERTIN was the founding manager and chief investment officer of Wells Fargo Investment Advisors-which grew to be Barclays Global Investors, one of the world's largest investment firms. He has long served as a leader in the investment profession's organization. Jim and Charley have enjoyed over 30 years of friendship and have produced two prior books together.

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Table of Contents


Bernard M. Baruch.

Albert J. Hettinger Jr.

Roy Neuberger.

Benjamin Graham.

David L. Babson.

Philip Fisher.

Charles Allen Jr.

John Hay Whitney.

Benno Schmidt.

Fayez Sarofim.

Michael Steinhardt.

Laurence A. Tisch.

Warren Buffett.

Charles T. Munger.

Jack Dreyfus.

Howard Stein.

John Templeton.

Paul Miller.

Claude Rosenberg.

Robert Kirby.

Dean LeBaron.

Peter Lynch.

John B. Neff.

Leon Levy and Jack Nash.

Barton Biggs.

Julian Robertson.

George Soros.

Philip Carret.


Saul P. Steinberg.

William Zeckendorf.

Roland Rowland.

James Goldsmith.

Carl Icahn.

Albert and Paul Reichmann.

Bruce Wasserstein.

Scarsdale Fats.

Alfred W. Jones.

Gerald Tsai.

Fred Alger.

Jerry Kohlberg, Henry Kravis, and George Roberts.


Longstreet Hinton.

Hermann J. Abs.

George S. Moore.

David Rockefeller.

George S. Johnston.

Jonathan Bell Lovelace.

Arnold Bernhard.

Edward C. Johnson II.

Edward C. Johnson III.

John C. Bogle.

Joseph K. Klingenstein.

T. J. Carlyle Gifford.

Siegmund Warburg.

Henry Grunfeld.

David Scholey.

Maurice (Hank) Greenberg.

Sanford Weill.

James D. Wolfensohn.

Henry Crown.

Albert H. Gordon.

John L. Loeb.

Gustave Levy.

John C. Whitehead.

John L. Weinberg.

Robert H. B. Baldwin.

Alan C. (Ace) Greenberg.

Pete Peterson and Lewis Glucksman.

Donald Regan.

Michel David-Weill.

William Salomon.

John Gutfreund.

John Meriwether.

Michael Bloomberg.

Richard H. Jenrette.


Sidney Homer.

Henry Kaufman.

John J. McCloy.

William McChesney Martin Jr.

Paul Volcker.

Alan Greenspan.

Gary Lynch.

Ivan F. Boesky.

Dennis B. Levine.

Martin Siegel.

Michael Milken.

Robert Maxwell.

Nicholas Leeson.

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