William D. Cohan

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William David Cohan[1]
Born (1960-02-20) February 20, 1960 (age 58)[1]
Worcester, Massachusetts[1]
Residence New York City
Education Phillips Academy
Alma mater Duke University[2]
Columbia School of Journalism[2]
Columbia University Graduate School of Business[2]
Occupation financial journalist
mergers and acquisitions
Notable work The Price of Silence (2014)
Money and Power (2011)
House of Cards (2009)
The Last Tycoons (2007)
Partner(s) Deborah Gail Futter[2]
Relatives Peter Cohan, brother
Awards 2007 Financial Times and Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year Award for The Last Tycoons
Website WilliamCohan.com

William David Cohan is an American business writer. He was an investigative reporter for the Raleigh Times. He then worked on Wall Street for seventeen years as a mergers and acquisitions banker. He spent six years at Lazard Frères in New York, then Merrill Lynch & Co., and later became a managing director at JP Morgan Chase. He also worked for two years at GE Capital. Cohan is a graduate of Duke University, Columbia University School of Journalism, and Columbia University Graduate School of Business.


In 2007, he published The Last Tycoons: The Secret History of Lazard Frères & Co., about Lazard Frères. It won the 2007 Financial Times and Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year Award.

His book House of Cards, describing the last days of Bear Stearns & Co., was published in March 2009.[3] In a talk about the book at Cal State Long Beach, Cohan said he felt it was his mission to get a response to questions left unanswered by Wall Street CEOs. [4]

His 2011 book, Money and Power: How Goldman Sachs Came to Rule the World, examines the historical role and influence of Goldman Sachs. [5]

His book, The Price of Silence: The Duke Lacrosse Scandal, the Power of the Elite, and the Corruption of Our Great Universities, about the story of the Duke lacrosse case, was published in April, 2014 by Scribner. [6]

Personal life[edit]

Cohan was born in Worcester, Massachusetts on February 20, 1960.[1] His father was an accountant and his mother worked in administration.[2]

In 1991 he married editor Deborah Gail Futter in a Jewish ceremony.[2]

He has two sons, Theodore (alias Teddy) and Quentin, both of whom matriculated to Williams College.


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