• 18 Oct 2012 at 7:54 PM

Area Man Recounts Brush With Greatness

In this case, greatness being Lloyd Blankfein’s glistening, stark-naked body.

Mr. Smith outlines moments when he came into close contact with Goldman’s chairman and chief executive, according to pages reviewed by The Wall Street Journal. Mr. Smith tells of one near-encounter when he saw Mr. Blankfein, sans clothes, after taking a shower at the gym. Mr. Blankfein was “air-drying,” Mr. Smith writes, something Mr. Smith took not as a display of power but as something men of an older generation tend to do. Another up-close-and-personal moment with the big boss came when Mr. Blankfein and Berkshire Hathaway Inc. Chief Executive Warren Buffett walked through the Goldman trading floor the day after Mr. Buffett’s $5 billion investment as Goldman was reeling in 2008. In the book, Mr. Smith says he had a co-worker snap a photo as he stood near Mr. Buffett.

Greg Smith: I Saw Blankfein Naked [Deal Journal]

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  1. Posted by 53%-er | October 18, 2012 at 6:57 PM

    Video or it didn't happen.

  2. Posted by Guest | October 18, 2012 at 9:41 PM

    All future Greg smith titles should definitely reference him as "area man"

  3. Posted by E. Cartman | October 18, 2012 at 10:42 PM

    A couple of months back, I listened to Paul Donovan's daily economic briefing. As he covered US monetary policy, after discussing Bernanke's speaking points: "meanwhile, some guy named 'Mitt Romney.'"

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  4. Posted by Lloyd | October 19, 2012 at 1:17 AM

    Take a picture, it'll last longer…

  5. Posted by PhillySteve | October 19, 2012 at 1:54 AM

    "draw me like on of your French girls". Pure brilliance.

  6. Posted by Guest | October 19, 2012 at 7:59 AM

    1) get job at GS
    2) get passed over for promotion at GS
    2) quit job at GS and write inflammatory piece for NYT
    3) write a shitty book that fails
    4) with no job prospects left on Wall Street or writing, take job handing out towels at gym

  7. Posted by GofG | October 19, 2012 at 9:08 AM

    5) profit???

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  9. Posted by Guest | October 19, 2012 at 9:29 AM

    Get a good look? Costanza?

  10. Posted by Greg Smiff | October 19, 2012 at 11:58 AM

    The weirdest part was I hadn't expected to see him at Crunch..

  11. Posted by Kruger | October 19, 2012 at 12:24 PM

    What a pear shaped loser.

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    Take a picture, it'll last longer…

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    Nice to meet you Mr.Smith…

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    Have you ever hold the $5 billion money on your own hands??

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    Who is Mr. Blankfein…?

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