Hank Paulson: Phone Lover

motorolabrick.jpgToday seems to be Hank Paulson day here at DealBreaker. The Observer ran a good profile on the incoming Treasury Secretary today, with details on his fly-fishing habits (catch and release). Meanwhile, over on Slate, Timothy Noah provides the details on Paulson’s political contributions (heavily Republican).
In light of what we’ve heard about Paulson leaving a sappy voicemail for Goldman’s employees yesterday, this older story from Fortune is particularly telling.

I’ve never used e-mail, but I’m a huge voicemail user. I do a couple hundred voicemails a day. And I return every call right away, whether it’s a client or someone in the firm. There are positives and negatives to this. I don’t have a lot of time for small talk.
Occasionally there are wing nuts who call, and I pass them on to Julie, my assistant. But Julie doesn’t screen my voicemails. The people at Goldman Sachs have to be able to get to me. Clients have to be able to get to me.
I’ve always spent a lot of time on the phone. Even when cell phones were a novelty in the 1980s when I lived in Chicago, I was using one of those huge Motorola phones as I walked from the train station to the office. This past Christmas, my wife, Wendy, and my daughter, Amanda, and her husband and I spent ten days hiking in Chile, and my daughter took so many pictures of me with this big satellite phone attached to my ear.

If anyone has yesterday’s voicemail and wants to send it our way, that would be like super. Actually, if you’ve got any Paulson voicemail you should send it to TIPS at DealBreaker.com.

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[Fortune via CNN Money]

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