Local tie to Twitter account about Goldman Sachs


It started as a simple prank, says John Lefevre, who was unmasked Tuesday as the person behind the Twitter account @GSElevator. The New York Times’s Andrew Ross Sorkin reported that Lefevre is the mystery man who, for the past three years, has been tweeting comments overheard — or not — in the elevators of investment banking firm Goldman Sachs. Tweeting gems such as “I never give money to homeless people. I can’t reward failure in good conscience.” and “Groupon . . . Food stamps for the middle class,” @GS
has built an impressive audience of more than 600,000 Twitter followers. Who is Lefevre? He’s a 34-year-old former bond executive who graduated from Babson College, lives in Texas, and never actually worked for Goldman Sachs. “This was never about me as a person. It wasn’t about a firm,” he told Sorkin. “The stories aren’t Goldman Sachs in particular. It was about the culture in general.” Attempts to reach Lefevre were unsuccessful, and Babson officials would only confirm that he is an alum. You will not be surprised to learn that Lefevre has a book deal. Tentatively titled “Straight to Hell: True Tales of Deviance and Excess in the World of Investment Banking,” the book is due out next fall.

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