Wall Street Character Arcs

It is rather shocking (but not) to see how quickly the financial press turns on its former heroes. Truly, very fair weather friends, the press. To wit: Dick Fuld's fall from grace with the Financial Times as seen in their headlines and prose.

Smart survivors of the carnage

"Dick Fuld, Lehman Brothers chief executive, has emerged triumphantly from the squeeze...."

- FT November 5, 2007

Lehman rides out credit crisis

"Analysts had expected Lehman to earn $1.42 a share. But the diversification strategy of Richard Fuld, chief executive, helped avert the predicted earnings drop...."

- FT December 14, 2007

A fighter on the ropes

- FT June 14, 2008

Dick Fuld, the executioner

- FT June 17, 2008

On Wall Street: Be they ever so humble, but the times they are a-changing

"You know the Street has serious self-esteem issues, when even Dick Fuld, one of the toughest bankers around, has to come out with a mea culpa for Lehman Brothers' losses."

- FT June 20, 2008

Lehman chief to forgo annual bonus

- FT June 27, 2008

Fuld faces a tough fight to save his legacy

"Dick Fuld's reputation as a titan of Wall Street...."

- FT September 10, 2008

Hadron Collider meets Dick Fuld

"...Lehman Brothers chief Dick Fuld was subjected to the laser-beam treatment...."

- FT September 11, 2008

Hubris - is thy name Richard Fuld?

- FT September 14, 2008

Denial disguises Lehman reality

- FT September 15, 2008

A tragedy of hubris and nemesis

- FT September 15, 2008

Ah yes. From smart fighter, triumphant, to humble tower of strength, to executioner, to tough banker to egotistical maniac. We love our financial heros strong, indelible and tough. Until we don't anymore.

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