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The nine most important people at Goldman Sachs

Goldman’s hierarchy has been pored over by kremlinologists for more than a century. As the company enters a new, more challenging, era, these are the key people calling the shots at the storied financial powerhouse.

David Solomon, chairman and CEO
The Big Kahuna. A savvy, street-smart former high-yield bond underwriter, Solomon is one of the very few outsiders to make it to the top of Goldman. But if his experiences at Bear Stearns (where he was head of investment banking), Salomon Brothers, and Drexel Burnham Lambert (where he was a junior banker with regular access to Mike Milken) have taught him anything, it’s that Wall Street can indeed be a dangerous place.

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