Today was the day Goldman shareholders descended on New Jersey for the bank’s annual shareholder meeting.Blankfein and Co., as it turns out, didn’t have a whole lot of questions to answer, despite the fact that the stock is down about 10% this year.
Here are the highlights, via Dealbook:
- Lloyd says he’s not stepping down, and jokes: “Why would I leave and give all this up?” after a reporter asked him why he plans to stay on as Goldman CEO, after he found himself cornered with the press yelling questions at him.
- Evelyn Davis asked about “the Facebook situation.” To which Lloyd apparently responded, “The situation? There is no current situation”, with a puzzled look on his face.
- A shareholder who says “he interviewed at Goldman to no avail,” said he knows a former Goldman partner “who won’t do business with the Wall Street firm because ‘it is such a disgusting place.’
- Evelyn Davis “has a random outburst, yelling she sometimes calls Goldman CEO Lloyd C. Blankfein ‘Lord Goldmine'” according to Dealbook. He responds pithily: feel free to just call me Lloyd.
- Evelyn Davis tells Gary Cohn his trip to Davos was a waste of money.
- Shareholder Evelyn Davis says to Blankfein: “I want people to know I have nothing against you personally. And you are not a bad looking guy.”
- Viniar runs through financial results and is positive. Points out that firm could pay back Warren Buffet.”Crowds however are thinner than previous years. And no protesters.”
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