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Morgan Stanley-Charlie Rose Collusion?

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So Bearpont Morgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon was on Charlie Rose last night talking about the purple pot smoking elephant in the room and even though it would've been a lot cooler if Dimon had gone on Inside The Actor's Studio instead, it was still a pretty interesting interview. They talked about the $2, staying up all night, the Fed and so on and so forth. Of note to some was the fact that Dimon said that those responsible for BSC's fall should go to prison "for a long time," but that wasn't the most shocking aspect of the sit-down.
Toward the end of the interview, when things were getting loose, and Rose was comfortable enough to start asking unprofessional questions (ex. "Have you ever taken steroids?" "Have you ever killed a person?"), the conversation turned to looks. Seemingly out of the blue, the interviewer asked the interviewee, "Forgetting out balance sheets, and exposure, and all that shit, who is the hottest piece of man meat on Wall Street?" After registering some initial shock at the question, Dimon answered "Blankfein," with a confidence that suggested he'd thought about this before. There's no accounting for taste and beauty is subjective, so one would've assumed that Rose would accept the answer and move on to a follow-up question ("Have you ever thought about taking things with LB to the next level?") but oddly, he bellowed "No! Wrong answer. Try again."
Confused but game, Dimon offered "Pandit?" Apparently this was wrong again. For the next ten minutes, Rose proceeded to shoot down every name offered by JD until, in an apoplectic fit, Rose screamed "Mack, god damn it, the answer is Mack! Not Blankfein, MACK. Not Pandit, MACK. Not Fuld, MACK. No one really knew what to make of the thing, and it sort of seemed best to just act like everything was normal so nobody got hurt. Today, though, we've uncovered the reason behind Rose's bizarre and Rain Man-esque partiality toward the Lebanese Lothario. And, not to start a baseless rumor, a possible collusion between The Charlie Rose Show and Morgan Stanley that, when the smoke clears, we'll be able to point out as the reason for the (impending) implosion of JPMorgan.

Mack is undaunted. He has dreamed for three decades of running his own investment bank. As the youngest of six sons of a Lebanese-American wholesale grocer in Mooresville, N.C., Mack, 57, has little tolerance for big shots. He attended Duke University on a football scholarship, then started working in a small brokerage in North Carolina, which led to a job as a bond salesman for Smith Barney. At the time, Duke classmate Charlie Rose, the TV host, introduced Mack to Rose's first wife at a party. Mack was impressed. "Do you have a sister?" he asked her. Four years later, when the sister, Christy, came to New York, they met--and married soon after.

-- BusinessWeek, 09/23/2002


At Height Of Financial Crisis, One Morgan Stanley Employee Stood Up For Her Rights

Specifically, her rights to Perrier on the company dime. It's unclear what this woman's name is so moving forward she'll simply be referred to as The One With Brass Balls And A Dislike Of Tap. The daily Seamless stipend is considered sacred for employees, and any abuse of the system appears generally overlooked by higher-ups. When Lehman Brothers went under, for instance, Morgan Stanley lowered the Seamless limit from $30 to $25, much to the anger of workers. "People went nuts," recalls a former employee. "Every so often there were these fireside chats with [Morgan Stanley CEO] John Mack 'Da Knife' and a collection of analysts. One of the women on the call asked Mack to raise the limit to $30 again. Mack, not really having paid much attention to expenses, was surprised to hear it had been reduced. Concerned, he asked her why she needed $30 instead of just $25. She said that with the new reduction, 'I can't order my Perrier anymore.'" The next day, as legend has it, there was an entire case of Perrier on her desk--courtesy of John Mack. In related news, the Morgan Stanley Seamless stipend is currently at $20. And while filing formal complaints at the top might have worked when MS was a free-for-all orgy of sparkling water and Italian pastries and whatever else your heart desired,** anyone considering pleading his/her case to James Gorman re: why this just won't do should also think about boxing their shit up first, lest a hasty exit be necessary. How Wall Street Bankers Use Seamless To Feast On Free Lobster, Steak, And Beer [Fast Company] **Particularly if what your heart desired was a pair of fierce as fuck shoes.