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  • Age
    39
  • Title
    Head of U.S. consumer business
  • Company
    Goldman Sachs

Industry: Finance

As an undergraduate at Dartmouth College, Omer Ismail didn’t even take a finance course (rather, he focused much of his efforts on editing the Ivy League institution’s student newspaper, The Dartmouth). Still, his smarts got him in the door at Wall Street’s most prestigious investment bank, where—a slight detour to earn his MBA at Harvard Business School aside—he worked his way up to managing director on Goldman Sachs’ private equity investment team. Ismail’s stature at the firm grew to the point that when Goldman was considering a new venture into the consumer banking space in 2014, he was handpicked to lead a strategy team exploring the possibility. When Goldman eventually did decide to go Main Street, Ismail became the division’s first employee and COO, charged with leading the bank’s foray into an entirely new business segment. Today, as a partner at the firm, Ismail oversees the entire U.S. consumer business. That includes personal banking arm Marcus by Goldman Sachs, which now has more than 4 million customers, as well as the Apple Card—Goldman’s headline-grabbing collaboration with the Silicon Valley behemoth that, like everything Apple does, promises to shift consumer finance paradigms.

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List Debut
2019