Greenwich resident, 79. Judging from “Hedgehogging”, the world has not lost a great novelist, but the attempt at writing came after a more successful career on Wall Street.
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Is this the pool service company or someone else…I didnt bother to check the link.
a good egg – wasn’t just in it for the $ (although that never hurts either)….
These Wall Street guys spent like there is no tomorrow. But yes, even they pass on. Treated like gods in their domain, they hope to be immortal. Lead his family like a military operation.
I’m sure he was great guy, but the reference toward the end that says he found “professional investing” more satisfying and enjoyable than a cruise around the Greek isles, sets him apart…and probably makes him a more interesting person, if and only if you are looking for investing tips.
I think this first name has finally been laid to rest. Barton Fink is the only other Barton out there and that didn’t help the Barton crusade when it comes to mothers naming their kid Barton.
Isn’t there a Barton Simpson? He must have millions of namesakes by now.
Bartholamew is Bart’s whole name.
I wuz kidding
Popularity of Barton
Barton is a somewhat popular first name for men (#877 out of 1220) and an even more popular surname or last name for all people (#475 out of 88799). (1990 U.S. Census)
Not sure we should celebrate his career just yet. He was not a great investor by any means. Nor was he one of the great minds on Wall St….as evidenced by his arrogant book Hedgehogging. The book proved he was out of his depth in the modern investment business and he probably always was. Remember, he was part of the Yale mafia of his generation which carried men like him. If you want to look at other great Biggs in the press…check out his daughter….the master mind behind the failed Greenwich leaf blower ordinance and CALM (Citizens Against Leaf Blower Mania)….JTF!
Well I wouldn’t want to visit the sins of the daughter on the father, but yeah, Hedgehogging verged on the unreadable – someone sent me a free copy in the hope I’d review it, so I plowed through to the bitter end instead of tossing it after the first few chapters, but I decided the kindest thing to do was to pretend I’d never read it at all.
Interesting reading back there in your dusty archives.
What is the daughter’s name?
The leaf blower ordinance is a good idea, so would not pick on the daughter. Read Barton’s book…it was funny and enjoyable. He was very self effacing and honest…what’s wrong with that ?
Only guy who really benefited early in a career on Wall St from BB is John Knox, a Princeton grad golfing buddy of BB at Round Hill Club. John carried the water doing schlep work at the office and socialized for yrs under BB’s glow in the media before having to finally move on from Morgan Stanley under BB’s tutiledge and make a stake for himself. Country Club membership has it’s rewards. Most of the RHC members however have turned out to be lemons as reported by people on this blog.
In the heyday Morgan Stanley was the white shoe. Parker Gilbert was a Yale grad and chairman in the 1980′s when Barton, also a Yale grad was making a name for himself. If you play golf, are a part of the social fabric of NYC, attend many country clubs, and have a few drinking stories from Yale or prep school, chances are you would stick around and make some upward progress. That meant a lot of talented non Ivy people looked elsewhere. That era only lasted so long. Look at the stock and history today.
i liked barton biggs…even if i didnt, i wouldnt trample on his grave…
I’m sure he’s beyond caring.
You referring to Mr. Biggs?
nice one …you win
I took the money with me to the grave so f you
I think Jason Biggs brought more joy and happiness to the world with Aerican Pie movie than Barton Biggs might have. I dislike Wall Streeters who like to be celebrated. No one has the pulse of the market and he led you to believe he was some kind of guru and compensated well above what one deserves.He had a big ass red country sprawl that was about 100 yrs old. On the market yet?
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