Abigail with attitude: Financiers stray into sexual politics
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Abigail with attitude: Financiers stray into sexual politics

Increasingly however, bankers want to be seen as human beings and not as money machines. I was amused that even Lloyd Blankfein, the chief executive of Goldman Sachs, is keen to portray a cuddlier image. In March, Blankfein appeared on CBS’s evening news programme espousing the cause of gay marriage.

“We are a big employer, [and] it’s a business issue as well as a civil rights issue,” he said earnestly. And then just to show that bankers can do empathy, Lloyd continued: “I know there are still people today who are living lives burdened by not being able to reveal who they really are and are living in a state of discomfort. That is really unfortunate and I feel sorry.”

Increasingly, bankers want to be seen as human beings and not as money machines. Even Lloyd Blankfein is keen to portray a cuddlier image

Loveable Lloyd has recently grown a stubbly beard and now resembles a cross between a hedgehog and an eccentric professor. But he is not the only financier straying into the area of sexual politics. I also noticed that Helena Morrissey, chief executive of Newton Investment Management and the mother of nine children, has been appointed by the British Liberal Democrat party to examine the party’s culture and processes.

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