Famous 20th Century Bankers

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David Rockefeller
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Birthdate: June 12, 1915
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: March 20, 2017
David Rockefeller, son of John D. Rockefeller Jr., was a banker who had also been the chairman and CEO of Chase Manhattan Corporation. He was the world’s oldest billionaire when he died in 2017 at age 101. He was criticized for his role in the Iran hostage crisis.

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Ben Bernanke
(14th Chair of the Federal Reserve (2006-2014))

Ben Bernanke
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Birthdate: December 13, 1953
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Augusta, Georgia, United States

Ben Bernanke is an American economist who served two terms as the chair of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System from 2006 to 2014, during which he supervised the Federal Reserve's response to the global financial crisis (GFC). For his efforts during GFC, Ben Bernanke was named Time Person of the Year in 2009.

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Mario Draghi
(Economist, Banker, University teacher)

Mario Draghi
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Birthdate: September 3, 1947
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Rome

The son of a banker father, Italian economist Mario Draghi initially served as the president of the European Central Bank and the Bank of Italy governor, and is the current prime minister of Italy. The media named him Super Mario for efficiently handling the Eurozone debt crisis.

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Mark Carney
(Economist)

Mark Carney
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Birthdate: March 16, 1965
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Fort Smith, Northwest Territories, Canada

After his 13-year stint with Goldman Sachs, Mark Carney served as the governor of the Bank of Canada and the Bank of England. He was also part of the Canadian finance department. He is an ice-hockey lover and played the sport actively during the school and university days.

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Robert McNamara
(Former United States Secretary of Defense)

Robert McNamara
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Birthdate: June 9, 1916
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: San Francisco, California
Died: July 6, 2009
Robert McNamara was the U.S. secretary of defense from 1961 to 1968. He supported the Gulf of Tonkin resolution to engage the U.S. forces in the Vietnam War. He was also one of the “Whiz Kids” who worked for Ford Motors. He was the president of the World Bank, too.

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Edmond James de Rothschild
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Birthdate: August 19, 1845
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Boulogne-Billancourt, France
Died: November 2, 1934

Edmond James de Rothschild was a French businessman with deep connections to the Rothschild banking family. He was a strong supporter of Zionism and donated significant amounts that went towards the establishment of the State of Israel. He also provided funds for the foundation of the Friends of the French National Museum of Natural History Society. 

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Prescott Bush
(Politician)

Prescott Bush
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Birthdate: May 15, 1895
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Columbus, Ohio, USA
Died: October 8, 1972
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Jamie Dimon
(American Businessman, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of ‘JPMorgan Chase’)

Jamie Dimon
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Birthdate: March 13, 1956
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States

Jamie Dimon is an American business executive, currently serving as Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the largest of the popular American banks, JPMorgan Chase. He is among the few bank chief executives in the world to become a billionaire. In 2006, 2008, 2009, and 2011, Jamie Dimon was named in Time magazine's world's 100 most influential people lists.

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Lloyd Blankfein
(CEO of Goldman Sachs (2006-18))

Lloyd Blankfein
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Birthdate: September 20, 1954
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States

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Carter Page
(Petroleum industry consultant)

Carter Page
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Birthdate: June 3, 1971
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States

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David René de Rothschild
(Banker & Member of the French Branch of the 'Rothschild Family')

David René de Rothschild
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Birthdate: December 15, 1942
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: New York, United States

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Audrey Meadows
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Birthdate: February 8, 1922
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: New York City, New York, USA
Died: February 3, 1996

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Evelyn Robert de Rothschild
(Banker, Polo player)

Evelyn Robert de Rothschild
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Birthdate: August 29, 1931
Sun Sign: Virgo

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Mikhail Prokhorov
(Business Tycoon)

Mikhail Prokhorov
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Birthdate: May 3, 1965
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Moscow, USSR

Mikhail Prokhorov is a Russian billionaire, former owner of the American professional basketball team Brooklyn Nets, and politician. One of Russia's most prominent industrialists, Prokhorov is credited with helping Norilsk Nickel become the largest producer of palladium and nickel in the world. 

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J. P. Morgan Jr.
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Birthdate: September 7, 1867
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Irvington, New York, United States
Died: March 13, 1943

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Timothy Geithner
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Birthdate: August 18, 1961
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, USA

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Harry Markopolos
(Accountant)

Harry Markopolos
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Birthdate: October 22, 1956
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Erie, Pennsylvania, United States

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Jonathan Bush
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Birthdate: May 6, 1931
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Greenwich

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Olivier Sarkozy
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Birthdate: May 26, 1969
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Boulogne-Billancourt, France
French banker Olivier Sarkozy, half-brother of former French president Nicolas Sarkozy, is based in the U.S. and is known for his efforts in Sallie Mae’s recapitalization. He has also held prominent posts, such as that of the Managing Director of the Financial Institutions Group at Credit Suisse First Boston.

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Hjalmar Schacht
(Reichsminister of Economics (1934-37))

Hjalmar Schacht
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Birthdate: January 22, 1877
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Tinglev, Denmark
Died: June 3, 1970

German banker Hjalmar Schacht was appreciated for his role in saving the Weimar Republic from inflation and later served as the Reichsminister of Economics under Adolf Hitler. Following as assassination attempt on Hitler, her was imprisoned, but was later freed and then set up his own bank in Düsseldorf.

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Gary Cohn
(Vice chairman of IBM (Since 2021))

Gary Cohn
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Birthdate: August 27, 1960
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, United States

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Leon Black
(Investment banker)

Leon Black
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Birthdate: July 31, 1951
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Manhattan, New York, United States

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Marvin Bush
(Businessman)

Marvin Bush
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Birthdate: October 22, 1956
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Midland, Texas, USA

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Zhou Youguang
(Chinese economist and linguist)

Zhou Youguang
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Birthdate: January 13, 1906
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Changzhou, Jiangsu, Qing dynasty Qing Empire
Died: January 14, 2017

Best remembered for creating a new writing system that allows Mandarin to be written in Roman alphabets, Chinese economist Zhou Youguang started working on the project in 1955, reaching his goal after three years of labor. Known as Father of Pinyin, he has also authored forty books, most notable among them being The Historical Evolution of Chinese Languages and Scripts.

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Jacob Rothschild
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Birthdate: April 29, 1936
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Berkshire, United Kingdom

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Carl C. Icahn
(Investor)

Carl C. Icahn
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Birthdate: February 16, 1936
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Queens, New York, United States

Carl C. Icahn is an American businessman. He is credited with founding a diversified conglomerate holding company called Icahn Enterprises, which is based in New York City. He also serves as the chairman of the popular auto parts manufacturer and developer, Federal-Mogul. Also known for his charity work, Icahn joined the Giving Pledge list in 2010.

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Lucio Tan
(Entrepreneur)

Lucio Tan
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Birthdate: July 17, 1934
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Fujian, Republic of China (1912–1949) Republic of China

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Viktor Yushchenko
(Economist, Politician, Banker)

Viktor Yushchenko
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Birthdate: February 23, 1954
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Khoruzhivka

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Ronald Perelman
(Entrepreneur)

Ronald Perelman
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Birthdate: January 1, 1943
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: nowrap Greensboro, North Carolina, U.S.

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Marc Rich
(Businessman and Founder of 'Glencore')

Marc Rich
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Birthdate: December 18, 1934
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Antwerp, Belgium
Died: June 26, 2013

One of the most well-known white-collar criminals ever, Marc Rich, an NYU dropout, was a self-made business magnate and commodities trader who established Glencore but was later charged with fraud and tax evasion, among other crimes. He also donated generously for leukemia research and Jewish causes.

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Brian Moynihan
(CEO of Bank of America)

Brian Moynihan
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Birthdate: October 9, 1959
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Marietta, Ohio, United States

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Phil Murphy
(Governor)

Phil Murphy
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Birthdate: August 16, 1957
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Needham, Massachusetts, United States

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Jim Yong Kim
(Physician)

Jim Yong Kim
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Birthdate: December 8, 1959
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Seoul, South Korea

Jim Yong Kim, or Kim Yong, was born in South Korea and later moved to the US, where he grew up to be the president of the World Bank. The physician and anthropologist has also taught at Harvard Medical School, his alma, and co-owns the medical care company Partners in Health.

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Henry Paulson
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Birthdate: March 28, 1946
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Palm Beach, Florida, United States

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Raj Rajaratnam
(Banker who is founder of the Galleon Group)

Raj Rajaratnam
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Birthdate: June 15, 1957
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Colombo, Sri Lanka

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Gina Miller
(Business owner and activist)

Gina Miller
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Birthdate: April 19, 1965
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Guyana

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Henry Sturgis Morgan
(Banker, Sailor)

Henry Sturgis Morgan
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Birthdate: October 24, 1900
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: London, England
Died: February 8, 1982

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Chanda Kochhar
(CEO of ICICI Bank)

Chanda Kochhar
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Birthdate: November 17, 1961
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Jodhpur, India

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Sanusi Lamido Sanusi
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Birthdate: July 31, 1961
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Kano

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Jim Himes
(Politician)

Jim Himes
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Birthdate: July 5, 1966
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Lima, Peru

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William M. Daley
(24th White House Chief of Staff (2011-12))

William M. Daley
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Birthdate: August 9, 1948
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States

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Paul Wolfowitz
(28th United States Deputy Secretary of Defense, 10th President of the World Bank Group)

Paul Wolfowitz
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Birthdate: December 22, 1943
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States

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Eric Cantor
(Political Leader)

Eric Cantor
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Birthdate: June 6, 1963
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Richmond, Virginia, USA

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Peter R. Orszag
(CEO of Financial Advisory at Lazard)

Peter R. Orszag
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Birthdate: December 16, 1968
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States

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Kyriakos Mitsotakis
(Politician, Banker)

Kyriakos Mitsotakis
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Birthdate: March 4, 1968
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Athens

Kyriakos Mitsotakis is a Greek politician who has been serving as the president of the New Democracy political party since 2016. The current Prime Minister of Greece, Mitsotakis also served as the Minister of Administrative Reform between 2013 and 2015. He is also one of the most controversial leaders, having been associated with the Siemens Greek bribery scandal in 2007.

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Jérôme Kerviel
(Trader, Banker)

Jérôme Kerviel
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Birthdate: January 11, 1977
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Cairo

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Jean-Claude Trichet
(Economist, Banker)

Jean-Claude Trichet
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Birthdate: December 20, 1942
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Lyon

Jean-Claude Trichet is a French economist. He was the president of the European Central Bank from 2003 to 2011. Previously, he had been the governor of the Bank of France from 1993 to 2003 under the presidencies of François Mitterrand and Jacques Chirac. A much-decorated personality, he is a Commander of the Legion of Honor.  

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Urjit Patel
(Economist)

Urjit Patel
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Birthdate: October 28, 1963
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Nairobi, Kenya

Urjit Patel is an Indian economist. From 2016 to 2018, he served as the Governor of the Reserve Bank of India. In 2018, he resigned stating personal reasons. He also became the fifth governor to have resigned before the completion of his term. Urjit Patel is the recipient of Yale University’s Wilbur Cross Medal. 

George Bingham, Lord Bingham
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Birthdate: September 21, 1967
Sun Sign: Virgo

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Alfred Herrhausen
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Birthdate: January 30, 1930
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Essen, Germany
Died: November 30, 1989