What Do Lloyd Blankfein, 50 Cent, and Lady Gaga Have In Common?

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If you haven’t already read it, this week’s New York Magazine profile of “misunderstood creature” and Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein by Jessica Pressler is many things, but most prominently: weirdly fun, especially concerning a revelation about Mr. Blankfein’s pop culture proclivities. 

Highlights include the Catskills-esque banter between himself and GS mouthpiece Lucas Van Praag, the foxhole-perspective on being assaulted by nuns and the infamous Evelyn Davis, and of course, some insight into the question every profile should answer: Who is this person? And the answer?

A Lady Gaga fan and friend of 50 Cent:

By 16, he was already at Harvard, where he earned a reputation for his ability to memorize television jingles and popular songs. This, by the way, is a talent he still retains. “I was born this way,” Blankfein sings at the diner. “Born this way …” He recently attended a Lady Gaga concert with his 17-year-old daughter. “I am one with the popular culture,” he says. (He also once met 50 Cent at a play, where they discussed “businessy things.” “He’s an impressive kid. And by the way, it’s Fitty Cent. Fitty.”)

Born this way indeed. And really: 50 Cent and Lloyd have a few things in common. Mr. Cent has been viewed skeptically with regards to money. As has Mr. Blankfein! And come to think of it, Ms. Gaga only compounds the curious trifecta with the narrow differences of their lives.

As such, we’ve visualized what data we can gather on three for a comparative analysis.

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fkamer@observer.com | @weareyourfek


  1. Guest says:

    Genitalia is misspelled.

  2. Foster Kamer says:

    It was born that way.

  3. Bornthisway2011 says:

    LOL that picture FAILS. One, only TWO of them have male genitalia, 50 Cent and Lloyd Blankfein. Two, Gaga did NOT go in a vessel (yes it was a VESSEL) at the VMAS, but at the 2011 Grammys. And “Will one day be played in movie by Alf, probably”? WTF? Get your facts straight.

  4. leo says:

    that is funny that in between lady gaga and 50 cent it says hated by nuns xD

  5. Wisdom146 says:

    50cent is the people i real respect this cent he nomadic n exclusive

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