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William D. Cohan


William D. Cohan is a Writer at Large for AIR MAIL and the best-selling author of several books about Wall Street, including The Last Tycoons: The Secret History of Lazard Frères & Co.and Money and Power: How Goldman Sachs Came to Rule the World. Cohan, who lives in New York, worked on Wall Street for 17 years as a mergers and acquisitions banker before becoming a financial journalist.

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The Social Network

As Harvard gets more progressive, its “final clubs”—known for their exclusivity and indulgent behavior—seem trapped in the past

Ticker Time Bomb

Donald Trump’s “media company” was a laughingstock until it debuted on the NASDAQ as an actual stock. Now Wall Street is about to learn the truth about Truth Social, the meme stock

Skeletons in the Closet

The culture wars have come for Skull and Bones, Yale’s most prestigious—and mysterious—secret society

French Dip

In France, a dated but widely enforced law is enough to leave some swimmers feeling more than a little exposed

The View from Here

At Bohemian Grove, one of America’s oldest, most secretive men’s clubs, the rich and powerful have long played hard and made everyone else work longer and harder

Towering Infernal

Does New York need another gigantic office tower? RXR Realty, which plans to build the tallest building in Midtown East, on the site of Trump’s first Manhattan property, seems to think so

Surprise Ending

When former Simon & Schuster C.E.O. Richard Snyder died last week, he left two things in his wake: a legacy as a difficult but revolutionary publisher, and a fourth wife who wanted it all

The Judgment of David Solomon

The Goldman Sachs C.E.O.’s friendship with the controversial property developer Mike Meldman raises questions about his commitment to separating business from pleasure

The “Oh Boy” Network

When she signed on as squash director at the prestigious and apparently idyllic Westchester Country Club, Natalie Grainger had no clue it was a breeding ground for sexual harassment

The Fall and Fall of America’s Department Store

Eddie Lampert was a Wall Street wunderkind until he got his hands on Sears and, later, Kmart. He would become the scourge of one of the U.S.’s favorite retail franchises

Magnate for Trouble

The Power and the Glory

In 1985, G.E. purchased RCA for $6.3 billion in cash, then the largest M&A deal of all time. That G.E. was actually buying back a business it had started 65 years earlier was largely forgotten

Billion-Dollar Babies

When a plush-toy tycoon with a real-estate fetish bumps up against Bill Gates, hospitality goes out the window

The View from Here

One of our Writers at Large explains how to avoid heartbreak, of the existential variety

Poor Little Rich Boy

What do you do if you make only $40 million a year? If you’re the founder of a Greenwich, Connecticut, hedge fund, you allegedly steal from your partners and shortchange investors

Michel David-Weill

For 25 years, the French-born investment banker directed Wall Street’s most prestigious firm with the touch of an enlightened monarch

Charlie Rose Tries to Bloom

A #MeToo culprit, he’s trying to return to polite society, posting new interviews with Warren Buffett and others, and looking to sell his backlog of shows

Gen Z Finds Its Wise Man

How did Ryan Holiday, a former marketing executive in rural Texas, become the go-to philosopher for these times?

Two Turntables and the Goldman Sachs Revolt

While their C.E.O. is D.J.-ing at Lollapalooza, Gen Z bankers are rebelling against a return-to-office order

The Face (and Maybe the Brains) of Wall Street

Peter Tuchman has spent 35 years on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange—but doesn’t own one share of stock

Madoff, the Sequel!

Meet Zach Horwitz, the part-time actor and millennial Madoff of Hollywood, who soaked suckers for $227 million

Trust Busters

When Goldman Sachs partners want a divorce, they turn to this little-known and highly aggressive firm

Prophet of the Golden Bull

How did a Bible-reading, Trump-supporting 65-year-old woman become Wall Street’s hottest stock picker?

The Adulterer in the Room

In 2001, Eric Schmidt was brought to Google to be “the adult in the room.” He became a billionaire—but raised eyebrows with his very open marriage