The importance of principled leadership – from our senior partners and CEOs to our role as drivers of our industry to the thought leadership we champion – is a key to understanding Goldman Sachs.

+ Themes Leadership

Sidney Weinberg Helps Set the Standard for Corporate Directorship in the 20th Century

In 1949, Sidney Weinberg gives a speech on the responsibilities of corporate directors before the Harvard Business School Club in Cleveland. His model for corporate directorship will be widely cited and emulated for decades.

Culture , Leadership

In Governance Milestone, Goldman Sachs Establishes Management Committee

The Management Committee is created in 1965 as a senior governing body responsible for key strategy, policy and management matters across all of Goldman Sachs’ businesses.


A Second Generation of Goldmans Enters the Family Business

Marcus Goldman’s youngest son, Henry Goldman, joins the family business in 1885.


Gus Levy Appointed Senior Partner

In 1969, Gus Levy became Goldman Sachs’ senior partner, launching an era marked by an expanded international focus and an increasing willingness by the firm to take on trading risk.


Sidney J. Weinberg and the Business Advisory and Planning Council

Sidney Weinberg helps launch the Business Advisory and Planning Council in 1933, creating an enduring source of insight for CEOs and government.

Service , Leadership

Jon Corzine Named Goldman Sachs’ Senior Partner

In 1994, Jon Corzine is named senior partner of Goldman Sachs.


Goldman Sachs Names First Non-Family Member as Partner

After joining in 1918, Waddill Catchings quickly rises to become the firm’s first senior partner who is not part of the Goldman or Sachs families.


A New Partner Joins the Family Business

In 1882, Marcus Goldman takes on Samuel Sachs, the husband of his youngest daughter, as a junior partner.


Entrepreneurialism and Grit Inspire Marcus Goldman to Launch his Business

In 1869, Marcus Goldman starts a small business buying and selling promissory notes in Lower Manhattan. His strong relationships and reputation as an honest broker form the foundation for a company that will grow to become one of the most influential financial institutions in the world.


Family Business Grows, Takes the Name Goldman, Sachs & Co.

The firm adopts the name Goldman, Sachs & Co. to reflect the addition of Ludwig Dreyfuss as partner in 1888.


Future Iconic Leader Begins Work as a Janitor’s Assistant

Sidney J. Weinberg, who would go on to become the firm’s longest-serving senior partner and a defining leader of Wall Street, begins work as a janitor’s assistant at Goldman Sachs in 1907.