Lloyd Blankfein Biography
(CEO of Goldman Sachs (2006-18))
Birthday: September 20, 1954 (Virgo)
Born In: New York, New York, United States
Lloyd Blankfein is the Chairman and CEO of Goldman Sachs, a renowned securities and investment banking firm. He is a living embodiment of the cherished “American Dream”, having blazed a trail from South Bronx, his birthplace, to the boardroom of one of the world’s biggest investment firms. While studying at Thomas Jefferson High School, he toiled as a lifeguard to earn some money as well as to keep himself in shape. With his father doing the graveyard shift at a post office and his mother employed as a receptionist in a firm dealing with burglar alarms, he peddled peanuts, soda, and hotdogs at Yankee Stadium to make ends meet. He secured the highest marks in the class of 1971 at Thomas Jefferson, making him eligible to deliver the valedictorian address. When Harvard came recruiting at his high school, he was picked up and scholarships as well as grants were offered so that he could enroll. After graduating from Harvard he went to Harvard Law School, and soon after landed a job at Donovan Leisure, a conservative law firm. He was turned away by Goldman Sachs when he applied for a position for the first time but entered the firm eventually as an employee of J. Aron & Company—a subsidiary of Goldman. What happened thereafter is history!