THE REVOLVING DOOR: 22 People Who Went From Wall Street To Washington To Wall Street


The list of Wall Streeters who have ended up with government jobs, and vice versa, is long.

Some would argue that the incestuous nature of the relationship and the revolving door between Washington and downtown Manhattan is dangerous.

Others are glad to have people in the Capitol making decisions about the economy who have actually been involved in it practically.

The Wall Street-to-Washington-and-back revolving door has been swinging at least since 1934 (when Joseph Kennedy was appointed Chairman of the SEC by President Roosevelt, after a successful career on Wall Street), and it’s still going.

In the last couple of months, the government has found appointees on the Street and banks have pulled new employees from the SEC and the Fed.

To give you a better idea of the swarm of people who have served time on Wall Street and K Street or Pennsylvania Avenue, or all three, we rounded up a few of our favorites and the newest converts.

Yaël Ossowski is a journalist, writer, and consumer advocate. His writings and interviews have appeared in newspapers, magazines, and online outlets across the world in multiple languages. He is the founder and editor of Devolution Review and deputy director at the Consumer Choice Center. He was previously a national investigative reporter at He has a Master’s Degree in Philosophy, Politics, Economics (PPE) from the CEVRO Institute in Prague, and a Bachelor's in Political Science from Concordia University, Montreal. He currently splits his time between Vienna, Austria and Charlotte, North Carolina.
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