In summary, they could be interpreted as follows:
1. The Rich are all about money;
2. The Rich are all about making money;
3. The Rich value good information (i.e., intelligence) about money;
4. The Rich like to work their magic in secret (i.e., without a paper trail);
5. The Rich and rich wannabes learn how to avoid paper trails (e.g, by using voice mail which is the favorite communication tool of Lloyd Blankfein);
6. When you are Rich, being caught and found guilty of fraud, for example, doen not mean the end of your financial career;
7. Ethics classes are not de rigueur for the financial elites.
Here's an excerpt from the article by Nitasha Tiku:
What We've Learned About Wall Street From Watching the Raj Rajaratnam Trial
by Nitasha Tiku - New York Mag
Depending on whom you talk to, the allegations of $63.8 million in securities fraud against the Galleon hedge-fund owner Raj Rajaratnam amount to either the biggest insider-trading case since Michael Milken or the largest insider-trading case, ever, period, the end. Twenty-seven people were charged, and nineteen have pleaded guilty. Authorities investigated Rajaratnam's alleged network of co-conspirators like they were the Sopranos, with 2,400 wiretaps producing 90 hours of tape. Thanks to those recordings and testimony from power brokers at Goldman Sachs, Intel, and McKinsey, the first few weeks of the trial have offered a rare glimpse into the Brioni-collared, Ferragamo-slippered tribe normally hidden behind closed doors. The defense has yet to present its arguments. But as the prosecution prepares to rest its case today, here’s what we learned so far.
Being Astronomically Rich Is All Relative
To the uninitiated, it might seem like Rajat Gupta had it made. The former head of McKinsey had a Harvard MBA, board seats at Goldman Sachs and Procter & Gamble, and a resplendent crown of hair to rival Alec Baldwin's. But even for established multimillionaires, cash rules everything around them. According to a wiretap between Rajaratnam and ex-McKinsey director Anil Kumar, Gupta was contemplating leaving Goldman for a gig at KKR, a global private equity firm. The two discussed Gupta's motivation:
"But is it really that he was so greedy for the $12 million that K.K.R. has offered him?” Mr. Kumar asks on the recording.
“I think he wants to be in that circle,” Mr. Rajaratnam says. “That’s a billionaire circle, right? Goldman is like the hundreds of millions circle, right?”
Sixty-three-year-old bankers take their cues from The Social Network. Lesson learned.
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