Tuesday, February 25 12:56:49
The man behind the popular @GSElevator parody Twitter account detailing alleged snippets of information overheard in Goldman Sach's elevators has been exposed in a new report from Dealbook's Andrew Ross Sorkin.
John Lefevre - the 34-year-old former bond executive behind the Twitter account - never worked at Goldman, but his tweets hit home with his 600,000 followers, and even provoked an internal inquiry from the bank to find the employee behind the account.
Goldman Sachs also banned all talking in its elevators.
Lefevre, who recently landed a book deal, told Ross Sorkin that "knew this day would come."
Lefevre had worked at Citigroup for seven years in the bank's New York, London, and Hong Kong offices (and at one point had an offer revoked from Goldman). He now lives in Texas.
Lefevre began the account as "a joke to entertain myself," he told Dealbook. And he maintained that many of the stories he put on Twitter were true banking anecdotes, albeit not from Goldman's hallowed elevators. From Dealbook:
He said his intent was neither to mock nor glamorize Wall Street. "I do not have an agenda to paint the people or this culture one way or the other," he said, adding that he was "always a cynical banker" when he worked on Wall Street but "I loved it. We did a lot of crazy stuff. It's not like I had a great epiphany along the way."
Still, he said that working on Wall Street was an eye-opener. "I went into investment banking and I saw a group of people that aren't as impressive as I thought they were - or as impressive as they thought they were. They defined themselves as human beings by their jobs."
Some of his Tweets:
The NSA is the only branch of the government that actually listens to people.
1,000 credit card numbers stolen from Neiman Marcus are worth more than the 40 million stolen from Target.
The iPhone 5S is a great way for the NSA to build a fingerprint database.
In life, as in sports, the boos always come from the cheap seats.
Being single at 40 is perfect. Divorcees chase me. Sweet spot for 30-somethings. Rich enough to get girls in their 20s.
Sure, I'll have $6 bottle of Evian with a glass full of ice made from tap water.
Real estate brokers should use Groupon to see who's about to go out of business.
If there really was a glass ceiling, we'd let all the women work above us.