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by Judah S. Kraushaar,Sandy Weill

eBook The Real Deal: My Life in Business and Philanthropy download ISBN: 0446578142
Author: Judah S. Kraushaar,Sandy Weill
Publisher: Business Plus (October 9, 2006)
Language: English
Pages: 544
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Category: Biography
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THE REAL DEAL doesn't mince words on what it takes to be successful in business and life.

THE REAL DEAL doesn't mince words on what it takes to be successful in business and life. Sandy's drive and hard-earned lessons resonate throughout this fascinating book. Sandy Weill reinvented Wall Street, redefined banking, and reshaped the world of financial services. The Real Deal" is a rich case study and fascinating story of Sandy Weill, one of the contributors to the structuring of the financial services industry over the past half century and the resultant the crash of 2008. The book provides insights to how he consistently stayed ahead of the events and built two leading, but flawed, companies from scratch.

Sandy Weill, Judah S. Kraushaar. Shortly after we set up shop, the four of us and our wives convened at Arthur's home on Long Island to celebrate. From a middle-class Brooklyn childhood to corporate legend, philanthropist, financier, and chairman emeritus of Citigroup In. THE REAL DEAL tells a remarkable story-that of a financial superstar who always loved the game more than the gold.

Sandy Weill story is truly one for the ages. and became one of the best known businessmen in the world. After selling his company to American Express and becoming its president, he experienced a professional setback.

Weill, Sandy; Kraushaar, Judah . New York : Warner Business Books

Weill, Sandy; Kraushaar, Judah S. Publication date. New York : Warner Business Books. inlibrary; printdisabled; ; china. Memoir of American businssman and financial dealmaker Sanford I. Weill, chronicling his forty-year career from his days at American Express to his creation and chairmanship of CitiGroup"-Provided by the publisher. Memoir of American businessman and financial dealmaker Sanford I.

Sandy Weill‏ Judah S. Kraushaar‏۱۷ مهر ۱۳۸۵. The Sandy Weill story is truly one for the ages. وایت‌شده توسط Sandy Weill،‏ Harry Chase، و Chuck Prince. After rising to become the president of American Express, Weill saw his empire crash and burn. I first heard of Sandy Weill through another Billionaire book: Alwaleed: Businessman, Billionaire, Prince. The Author makes mention of this in this book, and a travel he took to Saudi to meet with him. I believe this book will not be for everyone. It is filled with details of mergers and acquisitions.

by Sandy Weill and Judah S. Kraushaar ISBN:044657446578141 Hardcover 6 x 9 WARNER BOOKS

by Sandy Weill and Judah S. Kraushaar ISBN:044657446578141 Hardcover 6 x 9 WARNER BOOKS. Somehow, I entered into many of my biggest deals over the years in May. The cycle seemed as regular as the seasons: another year, another deal. My colleagues insisted I'd purposely announce an acquisition by Memorial Day simply to wreck their summer vacation plans and demand that we roll up our sleeves with yet another big merger. Looking back on my very first deal, though, I barely could have imagined possessing that sort of sway over other people's lives.

The Sandy Weill story is truly one for the ages . Sandy Weill with writer Judah Kraushaar, has successfully written the story of his life for all of us to absorb and learn from. This is a fantastic biography of a man who re-made Wall Street, and then in phase II of his career, revolutionized banking

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Shortly after we set up shop, the four of us and our wives convened at Arthur's home on Long Island to celebrate. It was a festive occasion, and we all openly shared our aspirations. To this day, I remember the others stressing over and over their desire to become wealthy. Given that Joanie and I were raising two toddlers and lived nearly hand-to-mouth, the talk was certainly seductive. Still, what I remember most from that dinner was my declaration that the money should be secondary-what mattered more to me was to build a great firm: one that would lead the industry, employ lots of people, endure over many years, and, importantly, command respect.Over the next forty-three years, I never altered my priorities."-from THE REAL DEALThe Sandy Weill story is truly one for the ages. Starting with $30,000 in borrowed cash in 1960, and relying on uncanny entrepreneurial instincts, Sandy created one of the leading securities firms in the U.S. and became one of the best known businessmen in the world. After selling his company to American Express and becoming its president, he experienced a professional setback. Undaunted, he cannily parlayed it into a second career, starting over with a sleepy consumer loan company called Commercial Credit, which over the next seventeen years he transformed into the leading global bank, Citigroup. During this span, Weill as chairman and CEO delivered an astounding 2,600 percent return to investors-better than legendary CEO Jack Welch or investor Warren Buffett during that same period.Yet success is never an easy path, and Weill divulges the highs and lows. His ascent to power has been documented by the media over the years, but never before has Weill revealed the brutally honest and unvarnished side of an astonishing life and career.And Weill goes further, sharing his love of philanthropy, a journey that took him "from a mediocre bass drummer in my high-school marching band to the chairmanship of Carnegie Hall." He brings readers into his personal life, introducing them to his wife, Joan, his daily inspiration, and discussing his relationships with competitors and colleagues alike, including proteges like Peter Cohen and Jamie Dimon. Along the way, he shares the most important lessons he learned in business and in life. From a middle-class Brooklyn childhood to corporate legend, philanthropist, financier, and chairman emeritus of Citigroup Inc., THE REAL DEAL tells a remarkable story-that of a financial superstar who always loved the game more than the gold.
Comments: (7)
CopamHuk
I have always admired what Sandy Weill did as a businessman, entrepreneur and philanthopist. His background and ability to weave together and build great businesses are a testament to his hard work and the teams he put together. I was very suprised, then, when many of Sandy's recollections and stories were on the betrayal of the team, the conflicts with his associates, co-workers and other business and personal acquaintances. Instead of being truly upbeat or inspiring, or even actionable - Weill sounded defensive, petty and thin skinned. Whether talking about Peter Cohen, Jamie Dimon, John Reed, or a host of others, Sandy gives passing praise and seems to focus instead on the personal disappointments. Worth reading if you have interest or inclination, but Weill did more, did better, and didn't do himself justice in the autobiography.
GEL
A fabulous autobiography written by an extraordinary man - - What a life and that he has lived to tell us about it while still enjoying health, wealth and philanthropy. A fascinating book covering, among other things, the "birth" of Citigroup - - told my the master responsible for it all. Highly recommended to people who enjoy history, business, banking, biography. Seller delivered the brand-new book in perfect condition and punctuality, as promised. Highly recommend both seller and book.
Honeirsil
September 11, 2011...I have read numerous books (The Fed We Trust, Reckless Endangerment, The Big Short, End Game among others) which dealt with the Great Recession of 2007-2009...and maybe continuing to this day. With this in mind, I wanted to revisit my review of Sandy Weill's and Judith Kraushaar's "The Real Deal." The book is still a must read but not for the lessons of leadership but, rather, the lessons of hubris. Now that we can understand Weill's recklessness with debt and push to eliminate the Glass-Steagal Act, this book provides a new perspective as to Weill's influence and greed. He was very much part of the problem the U.S. economy and taxpayers are facing today. He, however, made off with millions.

"The Real Deal" is a rich case study and fascinating story of Sandy Weill, one of the contributors to the structuring of the financial services industry over the past half century and the resultant the crash of 2008. The book provides insights to how he consistently stayed ahead of the events and built two leading, but flawed, companies from scratch. Weill pursued more transformational acquisitions, created more shareholder value, destroyed more shareholder value, and enjoyed more poorly based respect from his peers than any other contemporary.

Weill's career spans an age when:
* partnerships were dominant to the rise of the modern corporate form of ownership;
* the rules of regulation were rapidly changing (some of which he spearheaded including the elimination of the Glass-Steagal Act);
* there was a growing appetite for derivative investment which he helped feed;
* globalization and deregulation of the rapidly changed the financial services industry.

The book provides great detail on Weill from his early years through the creation of CitiGroup. He writes openly of his relationships with Jim Robinson at AmEx, John Reed at CitiGroup, and his protégés Peter Cohen and Jamie Dimon (who has survived as the smartest of the bunch). He addresses what he feels are the gaps and misperceptions in the public record on these relationships and his highly publicized, time-in-the-box with Elliot Spitzer.

An interview with Weill's wife, Joan, is also included. She is a shrewd observer having served as a personal sounding board for husband. She talks of the good times and the tough times; the influence of Arthur Carter; the difference in the casual Shearson culture and the formal AmEx culture (Robinson's wife even established a pecking order of who would ride with whom for a luncheon she hosted for the wives of executives); and several of Weill's strengths and weaknesses (smart, intuitive, pragmatic, able to integrate a lot of information, but also vulnerable, SELF-CENTERED, controlling, and far too loyal to people). And now we know his role in the undoing of the global financial system.

"The Real Deal" is a complete book as it is not just about strategy and execution. The authors painstakingly fully capture the human dimension - arrogance, mistakes, good fortune, and the trappings of wealth and prestige. Weill and Kraushaar have combined to provide an excellent retrospective read about one person who was a key player in the demise of the U.S. economy.

May 3, 2009
Much has happened to the financial system and CitiGroup since I wrote this review. What has transpired brings into question Weill's creation of the world's largest bank and wayward banking practices. The latter brings into question the core values established by Weill.
Ttyr
A+
Gadar
Really good read
MOQ
An incredible business leader, wealth builder and philanthropist.
Faell
Excellent story about Sandy. Worked for his company for many years.
In reading this book, you are going to enter the whirlwind world of modern Wall Street, and then banking, and you are going to love it. Sandy Weill with writer Judah Kraushaar, has successfully written the story of his life for all of us to absorb and learn from. This is a fantastic biography of a man who re-made Wall Street, and then in phase II of his career, revolutionized banking. No one before him had achieved this, and no one else might have been able to. He stands alone in his generation for his achievements.

Sandy Weill may well be the most successful businessman of the late 20th century. He continues the tradition of the corporate empire builders of the previous generation. Men like Ross Perot, Charles Revson (Revlon), CR Smith (American Airlines), W. Alton Jones (Cities Services), Peter Grace (WR Grace), and Harold Geneen of International Telephone, and Telegraph, all were very special people. Where Wyle distinguishes himself is that he did it in financial services.

In this world Weill is peerless for both the longevity of his career, and its scope. Over 40 years in an industry undergoing rapid change, this graduate of Cornell, and son of Brooklyn wound up building the largest financial services corporation in the world, the modern Citigroup. It must be noted that no one in American history, and therefore world history has enjoyed such a run, and achieved so much as Sandy Weill.

He is also the only man who has ever successfully bridged the gap between Wall Street and the banking world of the Chase Manhattans, Bank Americas, Wells Fargo and all the rest of the major banking players which up until him was a 100% "Christian Establishment" industry. Not only had it never been done successfully before, most would tell you it could not be done. What do I mean by this?

To be successful in Wall Street requires assuming a certain type of risk. Your assets are mostly people assets. It has been stated often, but is nevertheless true that your assets go up and down in the elevator every day. It is very difficult to manage a brokerage business. I know this business, and the history of Wall Street as well as a student of it for 40 years.

It is virtually impossible for a bank to buy, and successfully run a brokerage business. A lifetime in banking, and understanding the risks associated with banking, does not make one competent to transfer this knowledge to a brokerage business. Look at a few examples. The Prudential Insurance Company bought Bache, and lost billions before jettisoning the brokerage business, ultimately giving Bache away to Wachovia, who used it simply as a sales force.

General Electric, under Jack Welch, who was arguably the best corporate manager of his generation, bought Kidder Peabody the investment banking firm for a song. Welch then thought he could used the fabulous GM management template to run Kidder Peabody, and contain the risk associated with its operations - WRONG. GE wound up losing billions before jettisoning Kidder. There really have been no exceptions to the rule that "Banking can't manage Wall Street." Sandy Weill has been the one glaring exception to this rule.

In this achievement alone, Mr. Weill has broken the mold and remade business history. He would have achieved LEGENDARY status if he did nothing else but this. What's even more interesting is that he did it not only once, but several times.

In the beginning of his career, Weill was successful with partners in starting a small brokerage firm. In those days, the early 1960's, Wall Street was a segregated community involving Christian firms on one side of the divide like Merrill Lynch, Kidder Peabody, White Weld, Morgan Stanley, and hundreds of others. Then there were the Jewish firms, which included Lehman Brothers, Goldman Sachs, Salomon Brothers, the Warburg's, and scores of others. There was token representation at each of these firms by representatives of the others, but it was rare.

This portrayal has been written beautifully in the wonderful Stephen Birmingham study of Wall Street - "Our Crowd", and it is well worth reading about. This period is also chronicled by more brokerage firms going out of business than remaining in business. In my opinion, if Sandy Weill had only built a fabulous brokerage firm, no small feat in itself, he would still be considered one of the great businessmen, and builders of his generation.

You have no idea the waters this man navigated. He bought firm after firm, building each one, successfully integrating what he could, getting rid of dead wood, and non performing assets. He surrounded himself with some of the futures most talented business managers - Jamie Diamond comes to mind instantly who will run the Morgan Chase bank by himself next year.

The business environment Weill did this in was the most difficult any businessman could possibly work in. Wall Street was a club. For 200 years commissions were fixed, and then suddenly they were un-fixed. Turmoil came, bankruptcies were constant, and through it all, there was Sandy Weill buying firm after firm, seldom overpaying, seldom making a miss-step.

A quick illustration will suffice. In the 1960's, there was a substantial firm called Dupont, Glore Forgan and company. It was failing, and President Richard Nixon personally asked billionaire Ross Perot to step in and save the firm, and thus save Wall Street. It was a time when Wall Street was based on the partnership format. There were no giant corporations involved. Wall Street money was personal money - big institutional money could not invest. In spite of his enormous wealth, and management expertise, Perot was unable to save the brokerage company. Perot tried mergers, brilliant personal interventions, and over $100 million of his own cash and failed

This is the environment where Sandy Weill excelled, and had no equal. Ultimately, he built Shearson Loeb Rhoades, which he sold to American Express in 1981 for a billion dollars. He then became a high ranking officer at American Express, and took away a lesson he will never forget. It's not about doing what's best for the corporate interest. Sometimes it's about politics and personal agendas of other less able people. Weill couldn't stomach it, and he left American Express after 4 years. He could have taken his money and ran, after encountering this setback, but not Weill. Other big moves were in store for him.

He then entered the next phase of his career by engineering the purchase of Commercial Credit, taking it public and doing just about EVERYTHING RIGHT. Over the next 17 years he continued to work on building Commercial Credit, ultimately merging it into Citicorp, and forming Citigroup and creating a market value of $200 billion.

It's all in the book with upwards of 500 pages. You see the warts and wrinkles too. Is this book objective? No book is objective; it's always about a selective recall of a person's life story, but what a story. You have to understand something, and I have never read it anywhere in print.

Banking in this country for 200 years excluded people who were Jewish from running banks. This was a 100% Christian dominated industry. In the 1970's, famous Jewish financer Saul Steinberg, the man who created Leasco Data Processing, took a run at the Chemical Bank through his ownership of the Reliance Insurance Company.

Steinberg made a presentation to the Board of Directors of Chemical, telling them what he would do as the new owner. He left the building and before he got back to his office, the Board had contacted other banks, which immediately began to pull the credit lines of Reliance Insurance putting Steinberg at risk. They were teaching Steinberg a lesson, even President Nixon asked Steinberg not to take a run at the bank.

Weill knew this story well. He's a risk taker but still conservative at heart. He new jeopardizes the balance sheet, and when it does start to get stretched, he pulls in his horns and goes conservative, and wait, and waits until it's time to strike again.

Let's switch to Citibank. In the early 1990's Citibank was on the verge of bankruptcy due to foreign loans defaulting. Edmund Safra, the owner of the Republic Bank, was a banker as smart and capable as Sandy Weill. Safra considered going after a vulnerable Citibank at the time. It never happened. Safra decided and stated publicly that a person of "Syrian Jewish origin, " would never be allowed" to acquire an American banking institution.

Sandy Weill was the man who broke the mold again, and again. In ultimately becoming Chairman of Citigroup, he became the first person of Jewish origin to lead a modern public banking empire, and his was the biggest, and the best. This is an achievement without equal in banking history, but to do it he had to knock off John Reed, who along with Walter Wriston, are the two people most responsible for bringing Citibank into the modern era of banking before Weill.

It's all there in the book, and I will leave you to read it. You will learn how Weill took on and disposed of John Reed. He literally elbowed him out of the corporation. To do so Weill needed the backing of one of the wealthiest Arab financial backers of Citigroup. From this you will learn a very valuable lesson. Israel and the Arabs may slaughter each other in the streets, but behind the scenes, rich Arab money will always back whoever can make them money. In this case, they bet on Sandy Weill, and made a fortune.

You will love this book, I have said nothing of the philanthropy that forms much of Weill's life, from Carnegie Hall to charitable acts too numerous to count, and it's all in the story. It's also the story of a man's life which is not without blemishes. Weill came under the spotlight of now New York Governor Eliot Spitzer, who as NY Attorney General, went after Citigroup for alleged violations that you can read about. Had Spitzer pursued them more in-depth, we do not know how Sandy Weill's career might have finished. Since Spitzer chose not to pursue them, we do know how this extraordinary man's career did finish. Read "The Real Deal", Weill's career was AMAZING.

Richard Stoyeck