Bankers

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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 1 J. P. Morgan

J. P. Morgan.
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Famous As: Financier
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.

 2 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.
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 3 Jamie Dimon

Jamie Dimon.
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Famous As: CEO of JPMorgan Chase
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.

 4 Ben Bernanke

Ben Bernanke.
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Famous As: Economist
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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 5 Mayer Amschel Rothschild

Mayer Amschel Rothschild.
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Famous As: Banker
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.

 6 Mark Carney

Mark Carney
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Famous As: Economist
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.

 7 Tom Steyer

Tom Steyer.
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Famous As: Banker
Birthdate: June 27, 1957
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: New York City, New York
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 8 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.
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 9 Cosimo de' Medici

Cosimo de' Medici
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Famous As: Banker
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.

 10 Herman Cain

Herman Cain
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Famous As: Businessperson
Birthdate: December 13, 1945
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Memphis, Tennessee, United States
Died: July 30, 2020

The son of a janitor and a domestic help, Herman Cain used his talent in math to join Purdue University. He had worked with the Navy and been an analyst for Coca-Cola. He later headed Pillsbury as its VP. He had announced his presidential candidacy in 2012 but later withdrew.

 11 Andrew William Mellon

Andrew William Mellon.
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Famous As: Industrialist, Philanthropist
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.

 12 Nicholas Winton

Nicholas Winton.
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Famous As: Banker
Birthdate: May 19, 1909
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: London, England
Died: July 1, 2015

 13 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

 14 Marvin Bush

Marvin Bush
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Famous As: Businessman
Birthdate: October 22, 1956
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Midland, Texas, USA
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 15 Carter Page

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

 16 Jim Walton

Jim Walton.
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Famous As: Businessman
Birthdate: June 7, 1948
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Newport, Arkansas, United States

A member of the Walton family—the world’s richest family— James Walton has inherited retail giant Walmart along with his siblings. A graduate from the University of Arkansas, the billionaire is also the chairman of Arvest Bank and heads newspaper company, Community Publishers Inc. He played football during his younger days and leant to pilot planes. He has four children.

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 17 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

 18 Lawrence Summers

Lawrence Summers
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Famous As: Economist
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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 19 Evelyn Robert de Rothschild

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

 20 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.

 21 Amadeo Giannini

Amadeo Giannini
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Famous As: Banker, Entrepreneur
Birthdate: May 6, 1870
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: San Jose
Died: June 3, 1949

 22 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

 23 Phil Murphy

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

 24 Timothy Geithner

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

 25 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. 

 26 Urjit Patel

Urjit Patel
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Famous As: Economist
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. 

 27 Viktor Yushchenko

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

 28 J. P. Morgan Jr.

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

 29 Jacob Schiff

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

 30 Jonathan Bush

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

 31 Harry Markopolos

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

 32 Eric Cantor

Eric Cantor
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Famous As: Political Leader
Birthdate: June 6, 1963
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Richmond, Virginia, USA

 33 Janet Yellen

Janet Yellen
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Famous As: Economist
Birthdate: August 13, 1946
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States

Economist Janet Yellen has had an illustrious career as an academic and researcher, and has taught at Harvard University and other reputed institutes. After chairing the Federal Reserve for 4 years, she is now the United States Secretary of the Treasury. She is married to Nobel-winning economist George Akerlof.

 34 Edmond James de Rothschild

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

 35 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.

 36 Leon Black

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

 37 James Forrestal

James Forrestal
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Famous As: Officer, Banker, Investment banker
Birthdate: February 15, 1892
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Beacon
Died: May 22, 1949

 38 Chanda Kochhar

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

 39 Nathan Meyer Rothschild

Nathan Meyer Rothschild
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Famous As: Banker
Birthdate: September 16, 1777
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Free City of Frankfurt Frankfurt, Holy Roman Empire
Died: July 28, 1836

 40 Zhou Youguang

Zhou Youguang
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Famous As: Chinese economist and linguist
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.

 41 C. D. Deshmukh

C. D. Deshmukh
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Famous As: Banker
Birthdate: January 14, 1896
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Mahad
Died: October 2, 1982

 42 Jacob Rothschild

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

 43 Terry McAuliffe

Terry McAuliffe
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: February 9, 1957
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Syracuse, New York, USA

Democratic Party member and former governor of Virginia, Terry McAuliffe is a qualified lawyer. Born to a Democratic politician in New York, he began his first business at 14, maintaining driveways and parking lots in his area, and grew up to be a successful banker, real-estate developer, and venture capitalist.

 44 Ronald Perelman

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

 45 Allen Stanford

Allen Stanford
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Famous As: Financier
Birthdate: March 24, 1950
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Mexia, Texas, United States

 46 Henry Paulson

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

 47 Jim Yong Kim

Jim Yong Kim
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Famous As: Physician
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.

 48 Kyriakos Mitsotakis

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

 49 Lucio Tan

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

 50 Andrey Melnichenko

Andrey Melnichenko.
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Famous As: Industrialist
Birthdate: March 8, 1972
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Gomel, Belarus
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