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Business people in the banking sector include the individuals who either solely or jointly with partners form a private bank. Banks are the financial institutions that accept deposits from customers, pay interest and provide other financial services like loans and mortgages to them. Banks play a vital role in the financial system and economy of a country, and are therefore highly regulated by the governments. Even the owners of the private banks need to adhere to the governmental policies regulating banks. Business people wanting to start banks have to possess business acumen along with a strong base in finance and have to have a deep knowledge and understanding of the various laws and regulations governing the banking sector. Private Banks play a major role in the expansion of business activities by proving essential financial services to the general public. The owners of private banks are also more receptive towards adopting newer tools and technologies to enhance the banking experience of their clients, especially in the developing countries. Starting a private bank is a challenging task, more challenging than starting any other kind of a venture; it is something only highly ambitious individuals with a profound knowledge of legal and financial matters will venture into. What follows is a collection of the biographies, timelines, trivia and other information about the professional and personal lives of some of the world’s most famous bankers.

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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.
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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.

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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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Tom Steyer
(Founder of the Popular Investment Firm 'Farallon Capital')
Tom Steyer
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Birthdate: June 27, 1957
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: New York City, New York

Tom Steyer is an American businessman, philanthropist, hedge fund manager, liberal activist, and environmentalist. He is credited with founding the popular investment firm Farallon Capital. He is also credited with co-founding OneCalifornia Bank, which later became Beneficial State Bank. Since 2012, Tom Steyer has focused on the environment and politics.

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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.

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Cosimo de' Medici
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Birthdate: April 10, 1389
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Florence, Italy
Died: August 1, 1464

One of the main patriarchs of the famed Medici family that ruled Florence, Italian banker Cosimo de' Medici was one of the richest men of his time. Medici was also a great patron of art and architecture. He also arranged a search for ancient manuscripts and opened a public library.

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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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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
(Former United States Senator from Connecticut (1952 - 1963))
Prescott Bush
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Birthdate: May 15, 1895
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Columbus, Ohio, USA
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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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.

Mayer Amschel Rothschild
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Birthdate: February 23, 1744
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Frankfurt, Germany
Died: September 19, 1812
The Founding Father of International Finance, Mayer Amschel Rothschild, started what is known as the Rothschild dynasty, which shaped the trajectory of banking and finance in Europe. He had started off as a rare coins dealer and later expanded his banking business through his five sons.
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Amadeo Giannini
(Founder of '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

Amadeo Giannini was an American banker best remembered for founding the Bank of Italy, which later became Bank of America. He is credited with inventing numerous modern banking practices. Amadeo Giannini is also credited with establishing one of the first trans-national institutions.

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Audrey Meadows
(American Actress Known for Her Role in the Sitcom 'The Honeymooners')
Audrey Meadows
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Birthdate: February 8, 1922
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: New York City, New York, USA
Died: February 3, 1996

Audrey Meadows was an American actress best remembered for her portrayal of Alice Kramden in the popular television sitcom, The Honeymooners. Also a banker, Audrey Meadows was the first woman to serve as the director of the First National Bank of Denver, a position which she held for 11 years.

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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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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
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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.
(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.

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Timothy Geithner
(American Banker and 75th United States Secretary of the Treasury (2009 - 2013))
Timothy Geithner
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Birthdate: August 18, 1961
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, USA
Nathan Meyer Rothschild
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Birthdate: September 16, 1777
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Free City of Frankfurt Frankfurt, Holy Roman Empire
Died: July 28, 1836
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Jacob Schiff
(German-born American Banker & Philanthropist Who Financed the Expansion of American Railroads)
Jacob Schiff
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Birthdate: January 10, 1847
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Frankfurt
Died: September 25, 1920

Jacob Schiff was a German-born American banker, philanthropist, and businessman. He is credited with financing the expansion of American railroads. Jacob Schiff also played an important role during the Russo-Japanese War where he helped finance the Japanese military efforts.  

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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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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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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.

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Jonathan Bush
(Co-founder and Former CEO of 'Athenahealth')
Jonathan Bush
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Birthdate: May 6, 1931
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Greenwich
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James Forrestal
(1st United States Secretary of Defense (1947 - 1949))
James Forrestal
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Birthdate: February 15, 1892
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Beacon
Died: May 22, 1949

James Forrestal was an American financier who served as the first US Secretary of Defense from 1947 to 1949. He is also remembered for his service as the US Secretary of the Navy from 1944 to 1947. James Forrestal was honored with the Medal of Merit and the Distinguished Service Medal by President Harry S. Truman.

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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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Leon Black
(American Investor Who Co-Founded the Popular Investment Management Firm 'Apollo Global Management')
Leon Black
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Birthdate: July 31, 1951
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Manhattan, New York, United States

Leon Black is an American investor who co-founded the popular investment management firm, Apollo Global Management. He is also known for his association with the Museum of Modern Art in New York City where he served as the chairman from 2018 to 2021. An art collector, Leon Black owns an impressive collection of artworks by artists like Raphael and Picasso.

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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.

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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, USA
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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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Jakob Fugger
(Entrepreneur, Banker)
Jakob Fugger
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Birthdate: March 6, 1459
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Augsburg, Germany
Died: December 30, 1525

Jakob Fugger was a German merchant, banker, and mining entrepreneur. Born into the famous Fugger merchant family, Jakob Fugger helped expand the family business and stretched it across Europe. Thanks to his banking transactions with the House of Austria, Fugger also had a strong influence on European politics. He is counted among the wealthiest individuals of all time.    

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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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Viktor Yushchenko
(Economist, Politician, Banker)
Viktor Yushchenko
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Birthdate: February 23, 1954
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Khoruzhivka
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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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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: nowrap Greensboro, North Carolina, U.S.

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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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
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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.

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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
 46 
Robert Morris
(One of the Founding Fathers of the United States)
Robert Morris
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Birthdate: January 20, 1734
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Liverpool, England
Died: May 8, 1806

Robert Morris was an English-born merchant best remembered as one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. He was also one of the signers of the United States Constitution, the Articles of Confederation, and the Declaration of Independence. From 1789 to 1795, Robert Morris served as the United States Senator from Pennsylvania.

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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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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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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
(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.