Jun 4, 2020
Robbing Hood - Part 1: Friends with benefits
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“Sometimes you have commentators talking of America as a meritocracy, and I think the case of Steve Mnuchin lays that to rest.”
— David Dayen

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin is one of the most powerful financiers in the world. As Treasury Secretary of the US, he is the principal advisor to the President and the Cabinet on economic issues and is responsible for formulating and recommending domestic and international financial, economic, and tax policies.

So how did he get there?

Mnuchin followed in his father's footsteps by joining Goldman Sachs after graduating from Yale. He quickly ascended the ranks at the investment bank and following his departure in 2002 he built a reputation as someone who profited from the misery of others after his bank, OneWest, turned into a "foreclosure machine" following the 2008 financial crisis.

During this 4 part series, we will be looking into Steve Mnuchin and his journey to becoming Treasury Secretary of the United States.

In part 1 of Robbing Hood we look into his early life, time at Yale and role at Goldman Sachs.

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What Bitcoin Did
What Bitcoin Did
Peter McCormack
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