In the spring of 2012, The New York Times published an Op-Ed piece by Greg Smith, who had recently resigned as the head of Goldman Sachs' United States equity derivatives business in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. The Op-Ed, titled "Why I Left Goldman Sachs," went viral, became a worldwide trending topic on Twitter, and drew passionate responses from former Fed chairman Paul Volcker, legendary General Electric CEO Jack Welch, and New York City mayor Mike Bloomberg. Mostly, though, it hit a nerve among the general public who question the role of Wall Street in society — and the callous "take-the-money-and-run" mentality that brought the world economy to its knees a few short years ago. Smith's recently published book, Why I Left Goldman Sachs: A Wall Street Story, picks up where his Op-Ed left off.
Born and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa, Smith graduated from Stanford before going to work for the firm full-time in 2001. He spent his first ten years in the New York headquarters before moving to London in 2011.
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