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John Thain Is Going To Break The Unitard Out Of Archives And Kick Some Ass

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Merrill Lynch CEO and amateur beekeeper John Thain’s daughter, Victoria, was robbed last Friday. The thieves apparently entered the Duke junior’s apartment via bedroom window, stole $9,000 worth of stuff including her wallet, camera, and TV, and exited through the front door. Run of the mill burglary or a strategic hit from one of the many enemies daddy’s racked up over the years? The fact that nothing was taken from any of Victoria’s roommates seems to imply the latter. Suspects include: Jon Corzine, Stan O'Neal, bears and vegans, which is to say—Dan Loeb. Either way, she should thank her lucky stars that the phantom defecator couldn't get the funds together for a trip down South.
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Thief lifts goods from student's apartment [The Chronicle]


John Thain Is Ready For His Next Challenge

After he was unceremoniously fired from his post at the newly formed Bank of America Merrill Lynch, for reasons that included paying out big bonuses to ML executives and decorating his office with $1,500 garbage cans, John Thain understood that he would have to recede from the limelight for a bit. Take a job at a smaller firm and keep his head down for a while. Spend more time with his honeybees. Get back to his fighting weight. Drink a raw egg for breakfast every day. Run up and down the stairs of the Met. Work in a hideously decorated space, no matter how much it hurt.  Win some awards. Get his confidence back. Let people miss him. Well, Thain did all that. And now? He's ready for you to make him an offer. Thain, currently the CEO of a small lending outfit called CIT Group, has been quietly shopping the firm to a larger player with the goal of selling possibly to a big bank and emerging as a candidate to run the bigger company, according to investment bankers with direct knowledge of the matter. Bankers say Thain began putting out feelers to sell CIT after the firm failed in its bid to purchase ING Direct earlier in the year. “They've been shopping themselves off and on because they have virtually no deposit base and thus no low-cost source of funds to run their business,” said one banker at a major firm with knowledge of CIT’s activities. “Thain may also be putting out feelers, trying to get a drumbeat going. Who knows, but it's certain he's up to something.” Anyone want to give him a big boy bank (or something) to run? Read more: Looking For A Comeback, John Thain Shops CIT [FBN]