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Lloyd Blankfein, the chief executive of Goldman Sachs, has said that reading a report that is forecasting his imminent plans on retirement was like hearing his own eulogy – indicating that the boss of the bank is staying put for the near future.
Yesterday, the Wall Street Journal had reported that Blankfein is preparing to stand down from the wheel “as soon as the end of the year” after over 12 years of leading the firm.
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The article placed the spotlight on Harvey Schwartz and David Solomon as Blankfein’s potential successors after they were named as co-chief operating officers and co-presidents at the end of 2016.
However, on Twitter, Blankfein said the report the announcement of Wall Street Journal are “not mine.”
He added: “I feel like Huck Finn listening to his own eulogy.”
The said report did say that the timing of a move could change and that he was “firmly in control of his exit.” However, the report said that the current plan was that he would retire ahead of, or early in, the 150th anniversary year of Goldman in 2019.
The news emerges as Brexit plans of Goldman Sachs take shape.
Blankfein has been very vocal on his thoughts about Brexit, stating in January that the preparations of Goldman will soon reach a point where actions “are not going to be undone.”
Earlier this week, it was reported that Goldman had warned more than a dozen City trading and sales employees that they should be prepared to be relocated to Frankfurt within weeks.
Previously, Blankfein has called for another vote on the “monumental and irreversible” decision of the United Kingdom to leave the European Union, saying in a tweet from November: “So much at stake, why not make sure consensus still there?”