Steve Cohen To Make Sure TriState Area Superbowl Will Cause All Other Super Bowls To Bow Down Before It In AweBy Bess Levin
Yes, Super Bowl XLVIII is a long way off. Yes, it’s hard to get jazzed about a game for which we have no idea who will be playing. Yes, you might actually freeze your ass off. While all of those things may be true, yesterday brought news that should have you salivating for 2014. Because yesterday, we found out that that SB? Stands to be the best one ever, based on a host committee that includes (among others such as Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan, Citi, BlackRock and Paul Tudor Jones): SAC Capital. While the official list cites SAC president Tom “Silver Fox” Conheeney as its point man on the project, make no mistake that Steve Cohen will be heavily involved, no doubt going above and beyond the responsibilities of a typical host. Obviously, Cohen has a lot on the line here, given that his venerable initials are on the thing. Therefore, in an effort to make sure SAC isn’t associated with a sack-freezing joke, he’ll be taking the following steps to ensure the game is a smash hit. Read more »
Back in August, it was revealed that Goldman Sachs had added a disturbing element to its cost-cutting efforts: plant murder. The lobby philodendrons? Gone. Boston Ferns by the elevator? To the dumpster. The third floor Geraniums that lined the windows? Left for dead.
The While every bank on Wall Street is bracing for serious reductions in staff, compensation and “extras,” Goldman had been the only one to date that choose to commit genocide to help its bottom line. Employees were, understandably, shocked by the decision, which reportedly “provoked disquiet at the bank,” with some putting their jobs on the line to “block the move, leading to a stand-off between the plant pickers and staff. In some cases, a solution was found only after employees agreed to sign forms guaranteeing to take responsibility for particular plants.”
At the time, other institutions scoffed at the seemingly heartless move to save a few bucks, claiming you’d never catch them following suit. And yet? According to the Times, Goldman is not alone. Read more »
John F. W. Rogers, some say, is “the single most powerful person at Goldman Sachs,” and has been for the last decade. The man behind the man behind the man. The Wizard of GS. The guy who Lloyd Blankfein was actually referring to when he said “We’re just doing god’s work.” Known as a “master tactician with a long record of behind-the-scenes accomplishments…for whom invisibility is part of a master plan,” Rogers, who came to the firm from Washington in 1994 with zero Wall Street experience, is an executive officer who sits on the management committee and has served as “chief of staff” to three CEOs: Blankfein, Paulson and Corzine, JSC being his first, on the recommendation of Bob Rubin. While his title is somewhat vague, Rogers is known as “the foremost guardian of Goldman’s partnership culture,” a man with not just gold-plated balls but crystal ones (“He said there would be some investigations and we would likely be the primary focus,” says Lucas van Praag. “He was right.”) and the guy you don’t want to fuck with (“If wronged, his vengeance can kill careers.”). Not convinced? Then answer this: would a guy with anything less than god-like power be able to pull off this? Read more »
In a recent interview with New York, Lloyd Blankfein said “I’m tired of [Charlie] Gasparino. I wish he would quit.” Chaz apparently caught wind of Blankfein’s wish, and earlier this afternoon, took to Twitter to respond. Read more »
The past few years have not been the best of times, professionally speaking, for Lloyd Blankfein. As CEO of Goldman Sachs, the shit storm of the financial crisis landed on his head and with it, angry protesters, 75-100 pieces of hate mail each day, lawsuits, investigations, hearings before the Congressional brain trust, calls for him to be fired and/or jailed, the title of “Worst Person in the World,” executive MBA students who think they know how to run a bank better than he does, and half man/half horse semen aficionado Matt Taibbi.
While Lloyd is much loved within 200 West and among those who can’t resist the Lloyd Face, the hate from the outside has been difficult to take. Though he’s fully aware that “there’s a little bit of ‘for better or worse’” about a gig like his, and that “you can’t be the CEO without having to do what the CEOs have to do in distressed moments,” as Blankfein’s college roommate puts it, not having coveted “a public persona,” the “vilification makes him sad.” He’s not planning on leaving the firm any time soon but it’s clear LB needs a pick me up. Sitting down with New York recently for some real talk, he floated a few wants/wishes that, if you care at about him at all, should do your part to help grant. Read more »
At the annual Allen & Company conference here, DealBook asked Mr. Buffett whether he thought Mr. Blankfein might resign from Goldman in the coming months. The Oracle of Omaha didn’t mince words. “I don’t think he is. I’ve seen nothing to indicate that myself, and I don’t want him to,” he said enthusiastically. “I want him to stay!” [Dealbook]