John Gutfreund, Salomon’s Leader in 1980s, Dies at 86 (2)

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John Gutfreund, Salomon’s Leader in 1980s, Dies at 86 (2)

Postby kreslik.news » Wed Mar 09, 2016 1:35 am



John Gutfreund, who was proclaimed the “King of Wall Street” in 1985 for harnessing the egos and fiefdoms of Salomon Brothers into one of the most profitable investment-banking firms, only to be deposed after a 1991 trading scandal, has died. He was 86.

He died Wednesday at New York Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center in New York, his son, John Gutfreund, said in a telephone interview. The cause was pneumonia.

As managing partner and later as chairman, Gutfreund (pronounced GOOD-friend) transformed Salomon from a traditional bond-trading firm into a pioneer in businesses such as mortgage-backed securities, under Lewis Ranieri, and computer-driven trading ... (read more)

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