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The Testament of Solomon

Goldman Sachs C.E.O. David Solomon.
Goldman Sachs C.E.O. David Solomon. Photo: Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images
William D. Cohan
June 14, 2023

Nearly five years ago, when I interviewed David Solomon for a profile in Vanity Fair, soon after he succeeded Lloyd Blankfein as the new C.E.O. of Goldman Sachs, he was full of humility and expectation. Goldman was about to celebrate its 150th year in business as one of the leading investment banks in the world, and Solomon could not help but be awed by the opportunity and the responsibility he had just inherited. “You look at the history of any company, Goldman Sachs included, and it’s not a straight line,” he told me back then. “Wall Street happens to be a place with a long history of volatility. Like any organization, we have to continue to evolve if we want to be around for another 150 years. You’ve got to have a good strategy, and good people, and a good culture—and probably a little bit of luck.”