Famous 20th Century Bankers

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David Rockefeller
(Investment Banker, Chairman and Chief Executive of ‘Chase Manhattan Corporation’)
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
(American Economist and 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.

 3 
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
(Governor of the Bank of England (2013 - 2020))
Mark Carney
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Birthdate: March 16, 1965
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Fort Smith, 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.

 5 
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.
 6 
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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Prescott Bush
(Former United States Senator from Connecticut (1952 - 1963))
Prescott Bush
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Birthdate: May 15, 1895
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Columbus, Ohio, United States
Died: October 8, 1972

Prescott Bush was an American politician and banker. He is best remembered for his service as the US Senator from Connecticut from 4 November 1952 to 3 January 1963. Prescott Bush is also remembered as the father of former President George H. W. Bush.

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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
 9 
J. P. Morgan Jr.
(American Finance Executive, Banker and Philanthropist)
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

J. P. Morgan Jr. was an American finance executive, banker, and philanthropist. He became the head of the investment banking institution, J.P. Morgan & Co., after his father J. P. Morgan's demise in 1913. J. P. Morgan Jr. was also an important philanthropist, who donated his London residence to the U.S. government in 1920.

 10 
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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Lloyd Blankfein
(Former Chairman and CEO of 'Goldman Sachs')
Lloyd Blankfein
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Birthdate: September 20, 1954
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States

A reputed investment banker, Lloyd Blankfein, who began his career as a tax lawyer, later served as the chairman and CEO of the American multinational company Goldman Sachs. However, he was also criticized for drawing a huge salary and for making controversial comments such as he was “doing God’s work.”

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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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Hjalmar Schacht
(Reichsminister of Economics (1934 - 1937))
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.

 14 
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

Born into the famous Rothschild banking family, French financier David René de Rothschild heads Rothschild & Co. as its Supervisory Board Chairman. He has previously been the chairman of Rothschild & Co Gestion and of the iconic diamond mining and retail company De Beers.

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Steven Mnuchin
(77th United States Secretary of the Treasury)
Steven Mnuchin
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Birthdate: December 21, 1962
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: New York, United States

Investment banker Steven Mnuchin, who has served as the U.S. Secretary of the Treasury under Donald Trump, has earlier been associated with Goldman Sachs, Sears Holdings, and Kmart. He later purchased IndyMac, renamed it OneWest Bank, and sold it to CIT Group. Mnuchin was also part of Trump’s 2016 campaign.

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Harry Markopolos
(American Whistleblower and Financial Fraud Investigator)
Harry Markopolos
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Birthdate: October 22, 1956
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Erie, Pennsylvania, United States

Harry Markopolos is an American financial fraud and forensic accounting investigator. A former securities industry executive, Markopolos is best known for his investigation that exposed Bernie Madoff's Ponzi scheme much before the latter's arrest in 2008. Harry Markopolos later penned No One Would Listen as he was initially ignored by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

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Gary Cohn
(American Business Leader Who Served as the Director of the National Economic Council from 2017 to 2018)
Gary Cohn
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Birthdate: August 27, 1960
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, United States

Gary Cohn is an American business leader best known for his service as the Director of the National Economic Council from 2017 to 2018. Prior to his service in the White House, Cohn was the COO and president of Goldman Sachs. Gary Cohn is also a well-known philanthropist and has donated money to various organizations.

 18 
Jonathan Bush
(Co-founder and Former CEO of 'Athenahealth')
Jonathan Bush
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Birthdate: May 6, 1931
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Greenwich

The CEO and co-founder of the healthcare services provider Athenahealth, businessman Jonathan Bush has also been at the center of domestic violence accusations made by his first wife. He has penned the bestseller Where Does It Hurt? He is also a cousin of former US president George W. Bush.

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Olivier Sarkozy
(French Banker and Half-Brother of Former President of France, Nicolas Sarkozy)
Olivier Sarkozy
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Birthdate: May 26, 1969
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Paris, 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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Marvin Bush
(American Businessman and Son of Former US President George H.W. Bush)
Marvin Bush
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Birthdate: October 22, 1956
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Midland, Texas, United States

Marvin Bush is known as the son of former US president George H.W. Bush and the brother of another former president, George W. Bush. He has also been a businessman in his own right, heading SECURACOM and HCC Insurance Holdings, and appeared in the documentary Boogie Man: The Lee Atwater Story.

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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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Allen Stanford
(Financier)
Allen Stanford
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Birthdate: March 24, 1950
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Mexia, Texas, United States
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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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Jacob Rothschild
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Birthdate: April 29, 1936
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Berkshire, United Kingdom
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Carl C. Icahn
(American Financier Who was the Founder and Controlling Shareholder of ‘Icahn Enterprises’)
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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Henry Sturgis Morgan
(American Banker and Co-Founder of 'Morgan Stanley')
Henry Sturgis Morgan
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Birthdate: October 24, 1900
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: London, England
Died: February 8, 1982

The grandson of J.P. Morgan founder John Pierpont Morgan, Sr., Henry Sturgis Morgan co-founded the multinational investment company Morgan Stanley. A Harvard alumnus, he also headed the Morgan Library & Museum as its president and chairman. A sailing enthusiast, too, he was part of the New York Yacht Club.

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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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Ronald Perelman
(Chairman, CEO, and Owner of the Diversified Holding Company 'MacAndrews & Forbes Incorporated')
Ronald Perelman
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Birthdate: January 1, 1943
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Greensboro, North Carolina, United States

Ronald Perelman is an American banker, investor, and businessman. He is the current chairman, CEO, and owner of the diversified holding company, MacAndrews & Forbes Incorporated. He also holds significant shares in companies like Revlon, Deluxe Entertainment, RetailMeNot, and SIGA Technologies. Ronald Perelman is also known for his philanthropic efforts and has donated millions of dollars to various causes.

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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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Carter Page
(American Petroleum Industry Consultant and a Former Foreign-Policy Adviser to Donald Trump)
Carter Page
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Birthdate: June 3, 1971
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States

Carter Page is an American investment banker and foreign policy analyst. He played an important role during the 2016 presidential election campaign when he served as a foreign-policy adviser to Donald Trump. A petroleum industry consultant, Carter Page is credited with founding Global Energy Capital, which specializes in the Central Asian and Russian oil and gas business.

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Henry Paulson
(74th United States Secretary of the Treasury (2006 - 2009))
Henry Paulson
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Birthdate: March 28, 1946
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Palm Beach, Florida, United States

Henry Paulson is an American financier, banker, and political figure. He is best known for his service as the US Secretary of the Treasury from 10 July 2006 to 20 January 2009. A respected banker, Henry Paulson was the CEO and Chairman of Goldman Sachs prior to his role in the US Department of the Treasury.

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Phil Murphy
(Governor of New Jersey Who Has Had a Flourishing Career at 'Goldman Sachs' for Over 2 Decades)
Phil Murphy
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Birthdate: August 16, 1957
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Needham, Massachusetts, United States

American politician Phil Murphy was the US ambassador to Germany under former president Barack Obama and now serves as the governor of New Jersey. He previously had a career as a financier and has served Goldman Sachs for over 2 decades, working in places such as Germany and Hong Kong.

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Raj Rajaratnam
(Sri Lankan-American Former Hedge Fund Manager Who Was Sentenced for Securities Fraud)
Raj Rajaratnam
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Birthdate: June 15, 1957
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Colombo, Sri Lanka

Raj Rajaratnam is a Sri Lankan-American retired hedge fund manager. He is best known for founding a popular hedge fund management firm called the Galleon Group. In 2009, he was arrested for insider trading and was found guilty on 14 counts of securities fraud and conspiracy. In 2011, he was sentenced to 11 years in prison.

 34 
Jorge Paulo Lemann
(Businessman, Investment Banker, and Co-Founder of the Brazilian Investment Firm ‘3G Capital’)
Jorge Paulo Lemann
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Birthdate: August 26, 1939
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Jorge Paulo Lemann is a Brazilian billionaire businessman and investment banker. Lemann is credited with co-founding 3G Capital, a Brazilian investment firm, which owns brands like Anheuser-Busch, Burger King, and Heinz. In 2019, Jorge Paulo Lemann was named the world's 37th richest person by Forbes magazine, thanks to his net worth of 24.6 billion US dollars.

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Sanusi Lamido Sanusi
(Spiritual Leader and Former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria)
Sanusi Lamido Sanusi
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Birthdate: July 31, 1961
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Kano
Sanusi Lamido Sanusi is a Nigerian spiritual leader and banker. He served as the Emir of Kano from 8 June 2014 to 9 March 2020. During his reign as Emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi advocated cultural reform in Northern Nigeria. From 2009 to 2014, he also served as the Central Bank of Nigeria's governor.
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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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William M. Daley
(White House Chief of Staff from 2011 to 2012)
William M. Daley
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Birthdate: August 9, 1948
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States

William M. Daley is an American politician, lawyer, and former banker. He is best known for his service as the White House Chief of Staff from 2011 to 2012 when Barack Obama was the President. William M. Daley also served as the US Secretary of Commerce from 1997 to 2000.

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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

The CEO of Lazard, Peter R. Orszag has previously also been associated with Citigroup and has headed the OMB. A Princeton alumnus and a PhD from the London School of Economics, he has also been associated with organizations such as the National Academy of Medicine and been a lecturer of macroeconomics.

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Gina Miller
(Businesswoman and Activist, Who Won a Case over Brexit Implementation, against the British Government)
Gina Miller
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Birthdate: April 19, 1965
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Guyana

Guyanese-British businesswoman and activist Gina Miller is the co-founder of the management firm SCM Direct. A former Labour Party member, she campaigned for transparency with regard to Brexit. She won a case challenging the UK government's authority to invoke Article 50 without an approval from the Parliament.

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Paul Wolfowitz
(10th President of the World Bank Group (2005 - 2007))
Paul Wolfowitz
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Birthdate: December 22, 1943
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States
Initially a Democrat, American politician Paul Wolfowitz later turned into a Republican. His illustrious career has seen him serve as the president of the World Bank and as the US Deputy Secretary of Defense. He was also one of the major forces behind the Iraq War. 
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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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Edmond Safra
(Lebanese-Brazilian Banker )
Edmond Safra
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Birthdate: August 6, 1932
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Beirut, Lebanon
Died: December 3, 1999

Edmond Safra was a Lebanese Brazilian banker. His father was a prominent banker, and he began his career working at his father’s bank. He was hardworking, ambitious, and street-smart and started earning millions while still in his teens. He was also a major philanthropist. He died in an arson that attracted wide media interest.  

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Alfred Herrhausen
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Birthdate: January 30, 1930
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Essen, Germany
Died: November 30, 1989
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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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Stanley Fischer
(Economist, Educationist, Writer, Professor, Banker)
Stanley Fischer
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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.  

George Bingham, Lord Bingham
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Birthdate: September 21, 1967
Sun Sign: Virgo
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Nicky Oppenheimer
(Businessperson, Banker)
Nicky Oppenheimer
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Birthdate: June 8, 1945
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: South Africa

South African diamond magnate Nicky Oppenheimer is the heir to the De Beers fortune and Africa’s third-richest man. He also helms a chartered flight company and owns over 700 sq. km. conservation land in Africa. He also launched the Brenthurst Foundation with his son, to encourage sustainable development in African nations.

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Joseph Safra
(Lebanese Brazilian Banker and Businessman Who Was the Chairman of All 'Safra' Companies)
Joseph Safra
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Birthdate: September 1, 1938
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Beirut, Lebanon
Died: December 10, 2020

Joseph Safra was a Swiss-based Lebanese Brazilian banker and businessman. A billionaire, he ran the Brazilian banking and investment empire, Safra Group, and was the chairman of all Safra companies. At the time of his death in 2020, he was the richest person in Brazil. He was married to a Greek-born woman named Vicky and had four children. 

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Roberto Calvi
(Former banker, dubbed "God's Banker")
Roberto Calvi
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Birthdate: April 13, 1920
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Milan, Italy
Died: June 17, 1982
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Frank McKenna
(Politician, Lawyer, Banker, Diplomat)
Frank McKenna
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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.