Famous 20th Century Bankers

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 1 David Rockefeller

David Rockefeller.
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Famous As: Banker
Birthdate: June 12, 1915
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: New York City
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.

 2 Prescott Bush

Prescott Bush.
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: May 15, 1895
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Columbus, Ohio, USA
Died: October 8, 1972
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 3 Robert McNamara

Robert McNamara.
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Famous As: Former United States Secretary of Defense
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.

 4 David René de Rothschild

David René de Rothschild.
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Famous As: Banker, Politician, Businessperson
Birthdate: December 15, 1942
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: New York City

 5 Evelyn Robert de Rothschild

Evelyn Robert de Rothschild.
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Famous As: Banker, Polo player
Birthdate: August 29, 1931
Sun Sign: Virgo

 6 Mario Draghi

Mario Draghi
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Famous As: Economist, Banker, University teacher
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.

 7 Audrey Meadows

Audrey Meadows
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: February 8, 1922
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: New York City, New York, USA
Died: February 3, 1996
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 8 Mikhail Prokhorov

Mikhail Prokhorov.
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Famous As: Business Tycoon
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. 

 9 Viktor Yushchenko

Viktor Yushchenko
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Famous As: Economist, Politician, Banker
Birthdate: February 23, 1954
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Khoruzhivka

 10 Jonathan Bush

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

 11 Olivier Sarkozy

Olivier Sarkozy.
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Famous As: Banker
Birthdate: May 26, 1969
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Boulogne-Billancourt
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.

 12 Chanda Kochhar

Chanda Kochhar.
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Famous As: CEO of ICICI Bank
Birthdate: November 17, 1961
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Jodhpur, India

 13 Kyriakos Mitsotakis

Kyriakos Mitsotakis
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Famous As: Politician, Banker
Birthdate: March 4, 1968
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Athens

 14 Henry Sturgis Morgan

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

 15 Nicky Oppenheimer

Nicky Oppenheimer
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Famous As: Businessperson, Banker
Birthdate: June 8, 1945
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: South Africa

 16 Jean-Claude Trichet

Jean-Claude Trichet
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Famous As: Economist, Banker
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.  

 17 Sanusi Lamido Sanusi

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

 18 Alfred Herrhausen

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

 19 Jérôme Kerviel

Jérôme Kerviel
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Famous As: Trader, Banker
Birthdate: January 11, 1977
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Cairo

 20 Richard Holbrooke

Richard Holbrooke
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Famous As: Banker, Diplomat, Politician, Writer
Birthdate: April 24, 1941
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: New York City
Died: December 13, 2010

 21 Paul Wolfowitz

Paul Wolfowitz
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Famous As: Political scientist, Diplomat, Politician, Economist, Banker
Birthdate: December 22, 1943
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Ithaca

 22 Stanley Fischer

Stanley Fischer
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Famous As: Economist, Educationist, Writer, Professor, Banker
Birthdate: October 15, 1943
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Mazabuka

Stanley Fischer is an Israeli American economist. He was previously the chief economist at the World Bank and the vice-chairman of the Federal Reserve. In 2014, he was nominated by US President Barack Obama to be the vice-chairman of the US Federal Reserve Board of Governors. He is a member of the Inter-American Dialogue as well.  

 23 Prince Egon von Fürstenberg

Prince Egon von Fürstenberg
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Famous As: Fashion designer
Birthdate: June 29, 1946
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Lausanne, Switzerland
Died: June 11, 2004

 24 Chips Keswick

Chips Keswick
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Famous As: Banker
Birthdate: February 2, 1940
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: London

 25 Roberto Calvi

Roberto Calvi
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Famous As: Banker
Birthdate: April 13, 1920
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Milan
Died: June 18, 1982

 26 Edmond Safra

Edmond Safra
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Famous As: Banker, Philanthropist
Birthdate: August 6, 1932
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Beirut
Died: December 3, 1999

 27 Frank McKenna

Frank McKenna
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Famous As: Politician, Lawyer, Banker, Diplomat
Birthdate: January 19, 1948
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Apohaqui, New Brunswick

Frank McKenna is a Canadian businessman who is currently serving as the Toronto-Dominion Bank's Deputy Chairman. A former politician, McKenna served as the premier of New Brunswick between 1987 and 1997. An influential and authoritative leader, McKenna was expected to lead the federal Liberal Party in 2008 after the resignation of Stéphane Dion. However, he didn't contest for the position.

 28 Randy Lerner

Randy Lerner
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Famous As: Entrepreneur, Banker, Lawyer
Birthdate: February 21, 1962
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Brooklyn

 29 John Templeton

John Templeton
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Famous As: Investor
Birthdate: November 29, 1912
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Winchester, Tennessee, United States
Died: July 8, 2008

 30 George Bingham, Lord Bingham

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

 31 Raj Rajaratnam

Raj Rajaratnam
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Famous As: Financier, Banker
Birthdate: June 15, 1957
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Colombo

 32 Sulaiman Abdul Aziz Al Rajhi

Sulaiman Abdul Aziz Al Rajhi
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Famous As: entrepreneur, banker
Birthdate: 1920 AD
Birthplace: Saudi Arabia

 33 Jacques Delors

Jacques Delors
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Famous As: Economist, Politician, Banker, Trade unionist
Birthdate: July 20, 1925
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Paris

Born to a Banque de France employee, Jacques Delors followed in his father’s footsteps and joined the bank later. Educated at the Sorbonne, he became a Socialist Party member. The former French finance minister has also served as president of the European Commission and supported the formation of the euro.

 34 Bruce Wasserstein

Bruce Wasserstein
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Famous As: Banker, Financier, Investment banker
Birthdate: December 25, 1947
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Brooklyn
Died: October 14, 2009

 35 John Meriwether

John Meriwether
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Famous As: Banker, Financier
Birthdate: August 10, 1947
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Chicago

 36 Maggie Lena Draper Walker

Maggie Lena Draper Walker
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Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: July 15, 1864
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Richmond, Virginia, U.S.
Died: December 15, 1934

 37 Carlo Azeglio Ciampi

Carlo Azeglio Ciampi
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Famous As: Economist, Politician, Banker
Birthdate: December 9, 1920
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Livorno
Died: September 16, 2016

Former Italian president and prime minister Carlo Azeglio Ciampi had a major role in introducing Italy to the euro. He had been the governor of the Bank of Italy for 14 years and had held several portfolios, including the ministry of treasury. He was also a World War II veteran.

 38 Bob Diamond

Bob Diamond
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Famous As: banker
Birthdate: July 27, 1951
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Holyoke

 39 Ernest Oppenheimer

Ernest Oppenheimer
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Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: May 22, 1880
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Friedberg, Germany
Died: November 25, 1957

 40 Arseniy Yatsenyuk

Arseniy Yatsenyuk
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Famous As: Economist, Politician, Diplomat, Lawyer, Banker
Birthdate: May 22, 1974
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Chernivtsi

 41 John J. McCloy

John J. McCloy
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Famous As: Diplomat
Birthdate: March 31, 1895
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: March 11, 1989

 42 Guy de Rothschild

Guy de Rothschild
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Famous As: Banker
Birthdate: May 21, 1909
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: June 12, 2007

 43 Bebe Rebozo

Bebe Rebozo
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Famous As: Banker
Birthdate: November 17, 1912
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Tampa, Florida, United States
Died: May 8, 1998

 44 Khoo Teck Puat

Khoo Teck Puat
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Famous As: Entrepreneur, Banker
Birthdate: January 13, 1917
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Singapore
Died: February 21, 2004

 45 Licio Gelli

Licio Gelli
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Famous As: Journalist, Banker, Politician
Birthdate: April 21, 1919
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Pistoia
Died: December 15, 2015

Licio Gelli was an Italian financier remembered for his involvement in the Banco Ambrosiano scandal. Gelli was one of the men responsible for the collapse of Banco Ambrosiano. Found guilty of fraud, he was sentenced to prison for 18 years and six months. Gelli focused on writing in his later years, earning a nomination for the Nobel Prize in Literature.

 46 K. V. Kamath

K. V. Kamath
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Famous As: entrepreneur, banker
Birthdate: December 2, 1947
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Mangalore

 47 Lee Shau-kee

Lee Shau-kee
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Famous As: Entrepreneur, Banker, Businessperson
Birthdate: January 29, 1928
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Shunde District

 48 Charles E. Merrill

Charles E. Merrill
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Famous As: Philanthropist
Birthdate: October 19, 1885
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Green Cove Springs, Florida, United States
Died: October 6, 1956

 49 Bimal Jalan

Bimal Jalan
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Famous As: Economist, Politician
Birthdate: August 17, 1941
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Rajgarh

 50 H.H. K'ung

H.H. K'ung
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Famous As: Banker
Birthdate: September 11, 1881
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Shanxi, China
Died: August 16, 1967

H. H. Kung was a Chinese politician and banker best known as the husband of Soong Ai-ling, one of the Soong sisters. Kung was highly influential in formmulating the economic policies of the Nationalist government in the 1930s and 1940s.