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Bankers see themselves in Dimon, Blankfein

The results are in, and they’re not terribly surprising. Earlier this week, we put together profiles of 10 banking CEOs, looking at their management styles, personalities and quirky habits, and asked readers to click through to the unnamed person with whom they share the most qualities, creating an informal survey of sorts.

What we found was that most people identify themselves with the few old school, pre-crisis bankers that are still at the helm of bulge bracket firms. The top vote getters were Jamie Dimon, chief executive of JPMorgan, who earned 16% of the vote, and Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein, who garnered a 15% share. The next closest was Brian Moynihan, the quiet workaholic who runs Bank of America, with 10% of the vote.

While we mentioned their perceived strengths, Dimon and Blankfein’s profiles didn’t coddle them. We called Dimon borderline blunt and arrogant; Blankfein a know-it-all who’s a touch vain. Still, their confident and bold personalities fit with what Wall Streeters see in themselves.

Interestingly, Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf, a relative unknown in wider circles, at least when compared Blankfein and Dimon, finished in a virtual tie with Moynihan for third. Readers apparently related to his underdog story and his outward rejection of the glimmer and glam of Wall Street. Either that or they were terribly curious which bank CEO would be compared to a small town department store owner.

The least relatable chief executive in our informal survey was Ross McEwan from RBS. A natural communicator who hasn’t spent his whole career banking, McEwan once admitted that he’s “more comfortable with people than with figures.” Indeed, McEwan is not your stereotypical banker. Click here to see the original profile article.


Jamie Dimon, JPMorgan – 16%

Lloyd Blankfein, Goldman Sachs – 15%

Brian Moynihan, Bank of America – 10%

John Stumpf, Wells Fargo – 10%

Antony Jenkins, Barclays – 9%

Sergio Ermotti, UBS – 8.5%

Michael Corbat, Citigroup – 8%

Brady Dougan, Credit Suisse – 8%

James Gorman, Morgan Stanley – 8%

Ross McEwan, RBS – 7%


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AUTHORBeecher Tuttle US Editor

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