Samuel Sachs

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Samuel Sachs
Born (1851-07-28)July 28, 1851
Died March 2, 1935(1935-03-02) (aged 83)
New York City
Occupation Investment banker
Known for Name partner of Goldman Sachs
Spouse(s) Louisa Goldman (m. 1882)[1]
Children Paul J. Sachs (1878–1965)
Walter E. Sachs (1884–1980)

Samuel Sachs (/zɑːks/; July 28, 1851 – March 2, 1935) was an American investment banker.

Early life[edit]

Samuel Sachs was born on July 28, 1851 in Maryland. His parents were Jewish immigrants from Bavaria, Germany.


Sachs, along with his longtime friend Philip Lehman of Lehman Brothers, pioneered the issuing of stock as a way for new companies to raise funds.

Sachs then joined his father-in-law Marcus Goldman's firm which prompted the name change to Goldman Sachs in 1904. Together they underwrote securities offerings for such large firms as Sears, Roebuck and Company. During this time Goldman Sachs also diversified to become involved in other major securities markets, like the over-the-counter, bond, and convertibles markets which are still a big part of the company's revenue today. Sachs retired in 1928.


Sachs donated US$50,000 (equivalent to $699,000 in 2016) to Harvard University in 1924.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Sachs married Louisa Goldman, the youngest daughter of close friends and fellow Bavarian immigrants.[3] They resided at The Pierre.[4]


Sachs died on March 2, 1935 in New York City.[4][5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ McCraw, Thomas K. (2010). "Immigrant Entrepreneurs in U.S. Financial History, 1775–1914". Capitalism and Society. 5 (1): Article 3. SSRN 2208682Freely accessible. doi:10.2202/1932-0213.1070. 
  2. ^ "Harvard Fund Given $100,000 By N.Y. Bankers". The Brooklyn Daily Eagle. Brooklyn, New York. June 19, 1924. p. 36. Retrieved June 1, 2016 – via  open access publication – free to read
  3. ^ Kappner, Cordula (2008-03-12). "Marcus Goldmann und der amerikanische Traum". Mainpost (in German). 
  4. ^ a b "Samuel Sachs, Banker, Philanthropist, Dies.". The Oakland Tribune. Oakland, California. March 3, 1935. p. 1. Retrieved June 1, 2016 – via  open access publication – free to read
  5. ^ "Veteran Banker Dead". The Ogden Standard-Examiner. Ogden, Utah. March 3, 1935. p. 2. Retrieved June 1, 2016 – via  open access publication – free to read
Business positions
Preceded by
Marcus Goldman
Chairman and CEO, Goldman Sachs
Succeeded by
Sidney Weinberg