Serious question- has James Dimon, he of JPMorgan, come out looking better than some other Wall Street CEO’s because of a nice face, “fluffy white, unbankerish hair” and an ass you could bounce a quarter off of? Alternatively, has Dick Fuld become something of a villain not because of that business with Lehman Brothers’ balance sheet, per se, but because he’s got a mug that will haunt your dreams? Both are theories currently being floated.

Sayeth Vanity Fair

JPMorgan Chase C.E.O. Jamie Dimon is tall. He’s fit. For a banker, he’s nice-looking. And he’s got that head of fluffy white, unbankerish hair. You could argue that Dimon’s single greatest asset is that he doesn’t look like Dick Fuld. Fuld, the former C.E.O. of Lehman Brothers, is a virtual Thomas Nast caricature of the venal banker; all that is missing is the stovepipe hat and the mustache-twirling. Because of his looks, Fuld has probably had a rougher ride of it over the past two and a half years. And because of his looks, Dimon has probably had too easy a ride. While Goldman Sachs C.E.O. Lloyd Blankfein became a piñata for legislators and the press, Dimon fully embraced his role as Wall Street’s fair-haired boy—or “America’s Least-Hated Banker,” as The New York Times Magazine put it just last December.

Dimon In The Rough [VF]

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  1. Posted by Guest | March 8, 2011 at 6:03 PM

    Only in NY Mag and in the world of investment banking would 5’10″ be called “tall” – and, believe me, 5’10″ is quite generous.

  2. Posted by Guest | March 8, 2011 at 6:06 PM

    No, I don’t think he has gotten off easy because of his striking good looks. The dusky Mediterranean skin doesn’t hurt, mind you, but I don’t think it’s the deciding factor. The gentle whisps of salt-and-pepper in that oh-so-full head of hair definitely suit him, and could influence a weaker person, but I don’t think it’s making all that much of a difference. The high cheekbones, broad shoulders, the trim build, and those piercing blue eyes . . . so dreamy . . . no, not any influence that I can see from here. Sitting, starting, at that portrait of Wall Street perfection.

  3. Posted by Guest | March 8, 2011 at 6:06 PM

    No, I don’t think he has gotten off easy because of his striking good looks. The dusky Mediterranean skin doesn’t hurt, mind you, but I don’t think it’s the deciding factor. The gentle whisps of salt-and-pepper in that oh-so-full head of hair definitely suit him, and could influence a weaker person, but I don’t think it’s making all that much of a difference. The high cheekbones, broad shoulders, the trim build, and those piercing blue eyes . . . so dreamy . . . no, not any influence that I can see from here. Sitting, starting, at that portrait of Wall Street perfection.

  4. Posted by Anonymous | March 8, 2011 at 6:12 PM

    It’s the hair isn’t it?

    – Larry David

  5. Posted by Anonymous | March 8, 2011 at 6:12 PM

    It’s the hair isn’t it?

    – Larry David

  6. Posted by Guest | March 8, 2011 at 6:15 PM

    Just threw up. Please get a room.

  7. Posted by Guest | March 8, 2011 at 6:15 PM

    Just threw up. Please get a room.

  8. Posted by No | March 8, 2011 at 6:18 PM

    No.

  9. Posted by GoldDigger | March 8, 2011 at 6:26 PM

    Agreed. Still think of firemen and purses when I need to be in the mood.

  10. Posted by Anonymous | March 8, 2011 at 6:27 PM

    WINNING!

  11. Posted by Guest | March 8, 2011 at 6:30 PM

    5’10″ is huge!!

    -overrepresented minority in banking

  12. Posted by Hot Hedge Fund Mom | March 8, 2011 at 6:32 PM

    Good to see we are now judging men like we judge women.

  13. Posted by OldSalty | March 8, 2011 at 6:36 PM

    I don’t think judging means what you think it means.

  14. Posted by DitchDiggers | March 8, 2011 at 6:39 PM

    he’d be a ten if he wore my 1960′s Lennon specs…….

    ~ Phil the Ten

  15. Posted by streetman | March 8, 2011 at 6:40 PM

    Ugh, linked to the article and read the whole thing. Forgot how much of a rabid idiot Graydon is. Great Oscar party though…

  16. Posted by Anonymous | March 8, 2011 at 6:49 PM

    Please get a sarcasm detector.

  17. Posted by Mardi Gras | March 8, 2011 at 6:51 PM

    87 year old billionaire makes plans for his 125th birthday party.

  18. Posted by Mardi Gras | March 8, 2011 at 6:52 PM
  19. Posted by Guest | March 8, 2011 at 7:05 PM

    Please kill yourself.

  20. Posted by Anonymous | March 8, 2011 at 7:08 PM
  21. Posted by Confused Commenter | March 8, 2011 at 7:09 PM

    I’m torn about what to do.

  22. Posted by Confused Commenter | March 8, 2011 at 7:09 PM

    I’m torn about what to do.

  23. Posted by Guest, West | March 8, 2011 at 7:17 PM

    Look deep inside your soul. I think you really, really do know the answer.

  24. Posted by Guest, West | March 8, 2011 at 7:17 PM

    Look deep inside your soul. I think you really, really do know the answer.

  25. Posted by Guest | March 8, 2011 at 7:21 PM

    here’s a cup.

  26. Posted by Guest | March 8, 2011 at 7:22 PM

    it moved.

  27. Posted by Anonymous | March 8, 2011 at 7:23 PM

    Bankerish hair = slicked back 80s-style with hand-produced oil from the musk glands of an now-extinct rainforest mammal on whom the local indigenous tribes depended on for sustenance and as a result of which are now selling their children for food.

  28. Posted by Admiring Greek | March 8, 2011 at 8:38 PM

    He is a Greek God right out of Ancient Greece spilling wisdom to the legislators and public. We need to worship at his temple!

  29. Posted by BigR | March 8, 2011 at 9:01 PM

    Yeah, he got the kid’s glove treatment while Fuld got pushed under the bus because of their looks……yeah, that…AND the fact that Fuld put all the firm’s money on green and spun the roulette wheel and lost….while Dimon “lost a bit, won a bit”.

  30. Posted by Aon | March 9, 2011 at 2:55 AM

    Dated photo. Jamie be gettin’ jowly.

  31. Posted by GueSt | March 9, 2011 at 4:44 AM

    how about a water bottle?

  32. Posted by Guest | March 9, 2011 at 5:47 PM

    These are after all his legitimate years

  33. Posted by Tatiag | April 8, 2011 at 7:24 AM

    Jamie Dimon’s Knowledge Map – Business links, career history, education and associations. All in an interactive & visual relationship map by MarketVisual.com

    http://goo.gl/urQK4

  34. Posted by bookmarking submission | September 10, 2012 at 5:06 AM

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