Banker -- or Reptile?!

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Dick Fuld Sea TurtleWhen Wall Street money men talk about their work, the metaphors fly. A successful banker or trader needs to be "cold-blooded," with "killer instincts," attuned to "animal spirits" and ready to "rip the face off" other traders. Or, as Solomon Brothers' John Gutfreund succinctly put it, a trader must start the day ready to "bite the ass off a bear."

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.


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PAULA

Sound like Craig, is a banker.

September 20 2010 at 11:01 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
PAULA

cphaed, Because we let them, some folks do not get it if you let them stay, which is what they want you to do they will figuare that you like what they are doing if you run them out on a rail, they will see that your not happy, we have for far to long just set back and hoped for the best. Well guess what that has not helped. So come Nov. try to grow a pair and clean the slate, and continue to do so until we the peolpe are happy with our Government, and in 2012 send this other mistake that was made out on a rail as well. Just a thought.

September 20 2010 at 10:58 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
econbasics

Disgusting!!! What is this story doing in the news? Clearly you have real news to write about.

September 20 2010 at 10:41 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
druid0621

Bankers and Oba-Mao are equally responsible for the prolonged nature of the recession. They sit on cash - borrowing it at virtually no cost from the government, investing in safe instruments, and pocketing the difference. For this mindless nonsense, they are paid millions annually. They are as bad as the government in not helping to expand small business.

September 20 2010 at 9:42 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
jneal11254

Goodness! You must have failed high school biology. Frogs are amphibians.

September 20 2010 at 9:19 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
dcrocodile

Apparently the authors of this piece are unaware of the idfference between reptiles and amphibians....

September 20 2010 at 9:02 AM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply
dgs755

A better likeness for all of these bankster's would be a turd.

September 20 2010 at 8:53 AM Report abuse +6 rate up rate down Reply
Charles

What a silly and useless story!! Get a life Bruce!!

September 20 2010 at 8:45 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
Tony

I could barely tell the difference from the reptiles and their human counterparts.

September 20 2010 at 7:45 AM Report abuse +5 rate up rate down Reply
oredrag

Are Repubs and Teabaggers that brainwashed? An ongoing FBI investigation for years now has proven that 80% of all mortgage fraud IS and has been committed by Bankers and Wall Street(That's 8 out of 10 situations!)16% were treated ethically, correctly and honestly(That's over 1 in 10 situations!) and all those individuals that the Repubs lied about and claimed caused most of the problems in America on this mortgage fraud amounted to only 4%(That's less than 1 in 10 situations!) KNOW what you're talking about! Obama's appointment of Warren was right on, and the correct thing to do for middle-class Americans everywhere! No more abuse by Bankers and Wall Street!

September 20 2010 at 7:22 AM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply