Fortune editor Bethany McLean ’92 writes on Goldman Sachs and CEO Lloyd Blankfein

Over the past few months Fortune had the chance to learn of Blankfein’s worries and visions for Goldman firsthand, giving us an unusually personal view of the man who has the daunting job of sustaining Goldman’s winning streak in an increasingly treacherous market. What we saw was partly what you’d expect – a stunningly smart, demanding, and competitive executive at the top of his game – but also a surprisingly thoughtful, self-reflective leader with a wicked sense of humor. “Anything I haven’t asked about?” I say at one point in our conversations. “Virgo, blue,” he shoots back. (It took me a moment to figure that out, which probably explains why I left Goldman Sachs in 1995, after working as an analyst for three years.) Of course, the joke goes only so far. As a former Goldman executive puts it, Blankfein is “funny and self-deprecating and can reach across the table and rip your throat out when it’s warranted.”

Fun stuff. Alas, no mention of the critical role played by Mike Swenson ’89 in allowing Goldman to make so much money in 2007. Note the high quality of McLean’s prose and the way she ties the start and finish of the article together so nicely. Associated interview with McLean here.

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