When Money Was In Fashion: Henry Goldman, Goldman Sachs, and by June Breton Fisher

By June Breton Fisher

This epic biography tells the tale of the increase of Wall highway and the expansion of Goldman Sachs from a small advertisement paper corporation to the foreign banking company we all know this present day. At its center is the tale of Henry Goldman, a guy who spoke out passionately for his ideals, understood the significance of the base line, and was once recognized to snigger, draw on his cigar, and remind his younger protégés, "Just take into consideration . . . cash is usually in fashion."Though you'll hardly ever discover a point out of him within the legitimate heritage of Goldman Sachs, it was once Henry who verified the various practices of recent funding banking. He devised the plan that made Sears, Roebuck Co. the 1st publicly owned retail operation on the earth, helped persuade Woodrow Wilson to cross the Federal Reserve Act of 1913, and have become an influence participant on the earth of Wall road finance at a time whilst Jews have been thought of outsiders. The ebook lines Henry Goldman's hard-fought and sometimes problematical occupation with Goldman Sachs, an organization based by means of his father Marcus and fraught with expert rivalries. The tensions among the Goldman and Sachs households prolonged outdoors of the boardroom and into the bigger international because the usa went to conflict. Henry’s steadfast help for Germany in the course of global warfare i'd tarnish his acceptance and force him from the company. yet his involvement with finance could proceed all through his lifestyles, as may shut friendships with luminaries like Albert Einstein, whom he may later take part outspoken denunciation of Hitler’s atrocities opposed to ecu Jews. right here, June Breton Fisher, Henry Goldman’s granddaughter, tells his entire tale for the 1st time—a tale that has formed modern finance and keeps to resonate with us at the present time.

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A game of musical chairs had been set up for Robert and the little granddaughters—Florence, Bertha, Agnes, Hetty, and Ella, the only little girl among the Sachs children— who were all charmingly dressed in white organdy, ribbons, and lace. Sam and Louisa’s son Arthur came down on the train from Harvard, and Julius Goldman’s brilliant son traveled all the way from Texas, where he was involved in geological digs for one of the giant oil companies. (All of Julius’s children were exceptional. —whom everyone called “Junie”—his long blond curls newly shorn, cuddled on his grandmother’s lap until everyone was called to the table for lunch.

Nellie Bly had returned from her highly publicized trip around the world, and Sarah Bernhardt had received rave revues for her interpretation of Joan of Arc on Broadway. The New York Times breathlessly described the incredibly over-the-top flower-bedecked cotillion _ 41 _ When Money Was in Fashion for five hundred guests at Mrs. ”6 And in a show of their typical disdain for publicity, there was no announcement of the Goldmans’ wedding in the rotogravures. One hundred fifty close friends and family were invited to the festivities, which were held in the gilt-and-plaster ballroom of the Kaufmanns’ home.

When she was introduced to Henry, she wrote that he was more a man of mystery than a prospect for romance. But the elder Goldmans and the Kaufmans, convinced that a good marriage was as desirable for the son of a tycoon as it was for a daughter of the “haute bourgeoisie,” were persistent in bringing the two together, and, when pushed, Henry had to admit that he couldn’t find any fault with Ba- _ 40 _ Banking in “The Swamp” Henry and Babette Kaufman were married on January 21, 1890 bette. Heedless of a fifteen-year difference in their ages, they married seven months later.

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