William D. Cohan

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William David Cohan[1]
Born (1960-02-20) February 20, 1960 (age 59)[1]
ResidenceNew York City
EducationPhillips Academy
Alma materDuke University[2]
Columbia School of Journalism[2]
Columbia University Graduate School of Business[2]
Occupationfinancial 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]
RelativesPeter Cohan, brother
Awards2007 Financial Times and Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year Award for The Last Tycoons

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, 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. Since 2013, he has served as a trustee of the National Humanities Center in Research Triangle Park, NC.


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.


  1. ^ a b c d Search Results | City of Worcester, MA
  2. ^ a b c d e f Ms. Futter Weds William D. Cohan - The New York Times
  3. ^ Rutten, Tim (March 6, 2009). "'House of Cards' by William D. Cohan". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved November 17, 2009.
  4. ^ Rider, Tiffany (November 23, 2009). "Former banker examines US financial meltdown; Cohan says his mission is to get a response to questions left unanswered by Wall Street CEOs". Daily 49er. LIX (177). www.daily49er.com. Retrieved 2014-05-22.
  5. ^ "Long on chutzpah, short on friends; Goldman Sachs". The Economist [US]. 16 April 2011. p. 88(US). Retrieved 2012-03-04.
  6. ^ "The Price of Silence: The Duke Lacrosse Scandal, the Power of the Elite, and the Corruption of Our Great Universities". Scribner. Retrieved 20 May 2014.
  7. ^ "Four Friends". Macmillan Publishers. Retrieved 28 March 2019.

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