Forget the seemingly civilized, paved streets of lower Manhattan: apparently, the financial world is -- like nature -- red in tooth and claw, a hard, harsh killing field where you're either predator or prey, victor or victim. Little wonder, then, that the men who thrive in the dark canyons of high finance sometimes seem to resemble the cold-blooded killers that they revere. Looking through the pages of The Wall Street Journal -- or even this week's recaps of 2008's Lehman collapse -- reveals a seemingly-endless parade of gimlet-eyed moguls with razor-blade smiles.
As a final capper to our week of Lehman coverage, we humbly offer a different look at the masters of the universe who played the game, ruled the street, and walked away with wheelbarrow loads of cash. In the gallery below, we've compiled shots of some of the coldest, hardest predators in the world... and a bunch of cuddly reptiles.
Wall Street Rogues and the Reptiles They Resemble
Click through the gallery to see some famous Wall Street rogues and the "animal spirits" that seem to animate them.
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