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List of Famous Bankers

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List of famous bankers, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top bankers in the world? This includes the most prominent bankers, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable bankers is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic bankers were born and what their nationality is. The people on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned bankers.

List is made up of a variety of people, including David Rockefeller and Ben Bernanke. Featuring great bankers, successful bankers, and more, this list has it all. 

From reputable, prominent, and well known bankers to the lesser known bankers of today, these are some of the best professionals in the banker field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous bankers ever?" and "What are the names of famous bankers?" then you're in the right place.
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  • Ben Shalom Bernanke ( bər-NANG-kee; born December 13, 1953) is an American economist at the Brookings Institution who served two terms as Chair of the Federal Reserve, the central bank of the United...  more

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  • David Rockefeller (June 12, 1915 – March 20, 2017) was an American banker who served as chairman and chief executive of Chase Manhattan Corporation. He was the oldest living member of the third...  more

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  • Bernard Lawrence Madoff (April 29, 1938 – April 14, 2021) was an American market maker, investment advisor, financier, and convicted fraudster who served a federal prison sentence for offenses...  more

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  • Timothy Franz Geithner (; born August 18, 1961) is a former American central banker who served as the 75th United States Secretary of the Treasury under President Barack Obama, from 2009 to 2013. He...  more
  • John Pierpont Morgan Sr. (April 17, 1837 – March 31, 1913) was an American financier and banker who dominated corporate finance on Wall Street throughout the Gilded Age. As the head of the banking...  more

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  • Baron David René James de Rothschild (French pronunciation: ​[david ʁəne ʒɛms də ʁɔtʃild]; born December 15, 1942) is a French banker and a member of the French branch of the Rothschild family. He is...  more
  • Mikhail Maratovich Fridman (also transliterated Mikhail Friedman; Russian: Михаи́л Мара́тович Фри́дман; born 21 April 1964) is a Russian business magnate, investor and philanthropist. He also holds...  more
  • Sir Evelyn Robert Adrian de Rothschild (born 29 August 1931) is a British financier and a member of the Rothschild family....  more
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  • Michael James McDonald (born December 31, 1964) is an American actor, director, writer, and comedian. He is best known for starring in the sketch comedy show MADtv. McDonald joined the show during...  more

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  • Thomas Alexander Mellon (February 3, 1813 – February 3, 1908) was an American entrepreneur, lawyer, and judge, best known as the founder of Mellon Bank and patriarch of the Mellon family of...  more
  • Peter George Peterson (June 5, 1926 – March 20, 2018) was an American investment banker who served as United States Secretary of Commerce from February 29, 1972, to February 1, 1973, under the...  more
  • Jean-Claude Trichet (French: [ʒɑ̃ klod tʁiʃɛ]; born 20 December 1942) is a French economist who served as President of the European Central Bank from 2003 to 2011. Previous to his assumption of the...  more
  • Mervyn Allister King, Baron King of Lothbury, (born 30 March 1948) is a British economist and public servant who served as the Governor of the Bank of England from 2003 to 2013. Born in Chesham...  more
  • Prescott Sheldon Bush (May 15, 1895 – October 8, 1972) was an American banker and politician. After working as a Wall Street executive investment banker, he represented Connecticut in the United...  more
  • Alfred Herrhausen (30 January 1930 – 30 November 1989) was a German banker and the Chairman of Deutsche Bank, who was assassinated in 1989. He was a member of the Steering Committee of the Bilderberg...  more
  • Jürgen Ponto (17 December 1923 Bad Nauheim, Hesse - 30 July 1977 Frankfurt am Main) was a German banker and chairman of the Dresdner Bank board of directors. Previously, he had worked as a lawyer. He...  more
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  • Francis Joseph McKenna, (born January 19, 1948) is a Canadian businessman and former politician and diplomat. He is currently Deputy Chairman of the Toronto-Dominion Bank. He served as Canadian...  more
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  • Amadeo Pietro Giannini (Italian pronunciation: [amaˈdɛːo ˈpjɛːtro dʒanˈniːni]), also known as Amadeo Peter Giannini or A.P. Giannini (May 6, 1870 – June 3, 1949) was an Italian-American banker who...  more
  • Manmohan Singh (Punjabi: [mənˈmoːɦən ˈsɪ́ŋɡ] (listen); born 26 September 1932) is an Indian economist and politician who served as the Prime Minister of India from 2004 to 2014. The first Sikh in...  more