Famous American Bankers

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 1 
J. P. Morgan
(Financier)

J. P. Morgan
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Birthdate: April 17, 1837
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Hartford, Connecticut, United States
Died: March 31, 1913
J.P. Morgan was an iconic figure of the economic boom of the Gilded Age and established the investment banking firm J.P. Morgan & Co. He also controlled companies such as U.S. Steel, General Electric, and AT&T. He prevented the American economy from collapsing during the Panic of 1907.

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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.

 3 
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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 4 
Tom Steyer
(Banker)

Tom Steyer
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Birthdate: June 27, 1957
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: New York City, New York

 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 
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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Andrew William Mellon
(Industrialist, Philanthropist)

Andrew William Mellon
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Birthdate: March 24, 1855
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: August 27, 1937

The son of wealthy Pittsburgh banker Thomas Mellon, Andrew William Mellon had followed in his father’s footsteps, to be a banker. He had also been the American ambassador to the U.K. and the American secretary of the treasury. He owned companies such as Alcoa, Old Overholt whiskey, and Gulf Oil.

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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

 10 
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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Lawrence Summers
(Economist)

Lawrence Summers
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Birthdate: November 30, 1954
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: New Haven, Connecticut, United States

Apart from being the president of Harvard, Lawrence Summers has also been the U.S. secretary of the treasury, the World Bank’s chief economist, and the NEC director. The MIT alumnus became one of the youngest tenured faculty members at Harvard. He also writes regularly for The Washington Post.

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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

 13 
Jamie Dimon
(CEO of JPMorgan Chase)

Jamie Dimon
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Birthdate: March 13, 1956
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: New York, 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.

 14 
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

 16 
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

 17 
Amadeo Giannini
(Banker who founded the Bank of Italy, which became Bank of America)

Amadeo Giannini
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Birthdate: May 6, 1870
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: San Jose, California, United States
Died: June 3, 1949

 18 
James Forrestal
(Officer, Banker, Investment banker)

James Forrestal
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Birthdate: February 15, 1892
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Beacon
Died: May 22, 1949

 19 
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

 20 
Leon Black
(Investment banker)

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

 21 
Marvin Bush
(Businessman)

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

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

 23 
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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Jacob Schiff
(Banker, Financier)

Jacob Schiff
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Birthdate: January 10, 1847
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Frankfurt
Died: September 25, 1920

 25 
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.

 27 
Phil Murphy
(Governor)

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

 28 
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

 31 
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

 32 
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

 33 
Robert Morris
(Politician)

Robert Morris
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Birthdate: January 20, 1734
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Liverpool, England
Died: May 8, 1806

 34 
Jim Himes
(Politician)

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

 35 
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

 37 
Eric Cantor
(Political Leader)

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

 38 
Marcus Goldman
(Banker, Entrepreneur, Financier)

Marcus Goldman
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Birthdate: December 9, 1821
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Trappstadt
Died: July 20, 1904

 39 
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

 40 
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.  

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Charles Keating
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Birthdate: December 4, 1923
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.
Died: March 31, 2014

 42 
Neel Kashkari
(Investment banker, Politician)

Neel Kashkari
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Birthdate: July 30, 1973
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Akron, Ohio, United States

 43 
Junius Spencer Morgan
(Banker, Financier)

Junius Spencer Morgan
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Birthdate: April 14, 1813
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Holyoke
Died: April 8, 1890

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Michael Novogratz
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Birthdate: November 26, 1964
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: United States

 45 
Theodore Roosevelt V
(Investment Banker, Managing Director at Barclays Capital Corporation)

Theodore Roosevelt V
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Birthdate: November 27, 1942
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Jacksonville, Florida, United States

 46 
Vikram Pandit
(Banker, Investor)

Vikram Pandit
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Birthdate: January 14, 1957
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Nagpur, Maharashtra, India

 47 
John Jacob Astor III
(Financier, Philanthropist)

John Jacob Astor III
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Birthdate: June 10, 1822
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States
Died: February 22, 1890

 48 
Henry Wells
(Businessman)

Henry Wells
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Birthdate: December 12, 1805
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Thetford, Vermont, United States
Died: December 10, 1878

 49 
Haym Salomon
(Businessman)

Haym Salomon
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Birthdate: April 7, 1740
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Leszno, Poland
Died: January 6, 1785

Polish-American businessman Haym Salomon not only contributed to the establishment of the Philadelphia synagogue Mikveh Israel, but also lent huge amounts of interest-free money to soldiers and other borrowers during the American Revolutionary War. The financier eventually died in poverty, with the American government owing thousands of dollars to him.

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George Herbert Walker
(Banker, Financier)

George Herbert Walker
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Birthdate: June 11, 1875
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: St. Louis
Died: June 24, 1953