Kravis and Roberts first cousins; Kravis’ mother and Roberts’ father were siblings. Both learned the energy business from their fathers. Roberts’ father was an oil broker in Houston who took his son to business meetings; Kravis’ father was a petroleum engineer in Tulsa. The Kravis and Roberts families spent summers and holidays together, and the future lions of Wall Street swear they haven’t had an argument since they were 8 years old.1 The last one involved who would get to ride Kravis’ new bicycle first. [Barron’s]
1. Obviously when one pictures an 8 year-old Henry Kravis one pictures Kravis’s current face/head on a child’s body.↩
Here is a fun thing we can do, which is put arbitrary numbers in a list and see how they look. Shall we? We shall.
First, here is how much various bank CEOs and assorted other miscreants made in 2011, if you don’t worry too much about what “made” and “in 2011″ mean*:
This list is, of course, inspired by this exercise by Bloomberg, ranking the top 50 highest paid financial institution CEOs. But if you’re Lloyd Blankfein or, I mean, really, Henry Kravis, you are probably not planning your retirement around your paycheck. Instead you could to some approximation view your job running your financial institution as keeping an eye on the people responsible for your private wealth, in the form of your share ownership in that institution, and Lloyd’s $16mm 2011 paycheck hardly makes up for the $155mm of lost value on his GS shares. Read more »