Almost from the beginning, Jamie Dimon always knew what he wanted. When Jamie was only nine years old, his father, Ted, a stockbroker, asked him and his two brothers what they wanted to be when they grew up. The older boy, Peter, said he wanted to be a physician. Ted, Jamie's twin brother, said he didn't know. Then it was Jamie's turn. ``I want to be rich,'' he replied. Says Ted, ``He wanted to run something and have power.''
At Harvard business school, Jamie was known for his bluntness. As a first-year student, Dimon disagreed with a professor in front of the class about how to interpret a case study. ``The teacher got very embarrassed, but Jamie was right,'' says classmate Peter Maglathlin. One day, in a course whose grades were based largely on class participation, Dimon was talking while another student sitting nearby was frantically waving his hand to get recognized. Dimon turned to the student and said: ``Put your stupid hand down while I'm talking.''
Dimon does have a more sensitive side, however. His friends say that in high school he was inseparable from his dog, a sheltie named Chippy. At B-school, he carried the pet around when it became too arthritic to walk.
Saturday, January 5, 2013
Bankster Jamie Dimon's Sensitive Side
From a 1996 BusinessWeek profile:
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