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The House of Dimon: How JPMorgan's Jamie Dimon Rose to the Top of the Financial World

The House of Dimon: How JPMorgan's Jamie Dimon Rose to the Top of the Financial World

Patricia Crisafulli

ISBN: 978-0-470-48373-2

Mar 2009

272 pages



A behind-the-scenes look at Wall Street's top banker

Following the eleventh-hour rescue of Bear Stearns by JP Morgan, Jamie Dimon's profile reached stratospheric levels. And while the deals and decisions he's made have usually turned out to be the right ones, his journey to the top of the financial world has been anything but easy.

Now, in The House of Dimon, former business journalist Patricia Crisafulli goes behind the scenes to recount the amazing events that have shaped Dimon's career, from his rise to prominence as Sandy Weill's protŽgŽ at Citigroup to the drama surrounding his purchase of Bear Stearns and Washington Mutual. Each step of the way, this engaging book provides insider accounts of how Dimon successfully acquired and integrated companies, created efficiencies, and grew bottom-line results as the consummate hands-on manager.

  • Includes interviews with Dimon himself, Sandy Weill, and colleagues who've known Dimon over the course of his career
  • Shows how Dimon's management style and talent for taking calculated risks have allowed him to excel where many others have failed
  • Places Dimon in the context of contemporary Wall Street, an environment that has destroyed several top CEOs

During one of the most difficult and tumultuous periods in Wall Street history, Jamie Dimon has survived and thrived. The House of Dimon reveals how he's done it and explores what lies ahead for Dimon, as he attempts to grow JPMorgan in the face of the unrelenting pressures of Wall Street.



Part One: In the Eye of the Storm.

Chapter 1 The Dimon Way.

Running the House of Dimon.

The Rise, Fall, and Rise of Jamie Dimon.

What You See Is What You Get.

Straight Talk about a Credit Crisis.

Never, Ever Forget the Downside.

A Culture of Transparency.

Doing What It Takes to Get the Job Done.

Chapter 2 Taking a Bear-Sized Bite.

No Ordinary Deal.

Presenting the Deal to Shareholders.

Step-by-Step Through the Deal That Changed Everything.

Reining In the Risks.

On Dimon’s Shoulders.

Part Two: The Making of a Wall Street Leader.

Chapter 3 The Weill Years: In the Trenches.

The Making of Jamie Dimon.

The Market in His Blood.

Going to Work for Weill.

The Rise of Sandy Weil.

In the Trenches at Commercial Credit.

Buying Primerica—A New Second Chance.

Chapter 4 A Force on Wall Street.

Primerica Grows.

A New Team for a New Corporate Entity.

Growing Tensions.

The Deal of Deals.

The Firing of Jamie Dimon.

Chapter 5 The Recruitment of Jamie Dimon.

Life after Citigroup.

Bank One’s Search for a CEO.

The New Bank One CEO.

Taking Over as CEO.

A House Divided.

The Beginning of a New Culture of Accountability.

Chapter 6 The Turnaround of Bank One.

New Players for the Team.

Welcome to Boot Camp.

Taking It to the Street.

Turning Around Bank One.

Straight Talk from the New CEO.

The Fortress Balance Sheet Debut.

Restoring Profitability.

Chapter 7 Back on Wall Street.

The House of Morgan.

The Deal That Almost Didn’t Happen.

Delving into JPMorgan Chase.

Dimon Takes Over.

The Storm of 2007.

The Wall Street Statesman.

Part Three: Weathering the Storm.

Chapter 8 The Dimon Fortress.

Strong Defense, Strategic Offense.

The Signature Phrase.

It Always Pays to Be Prepared.

No Resting on the Laurels.

Advice and a History Lesson.

Stress Testing Assets.

Having Real Capital.

The Long-Term View.

Chapter 9 Taking Over WaMu: A Sign of the Times.

Welcome WaMu.

Washington Mutual Runs into Trouble.

A Strategic Fit for JPMorgan.

“First-Class” Banking Meets “Whoo Hoo!”.

A Somber Picture.

Failure and Takeover: A Sign of the Times.

More Acquisitions in the Future?

Waiting for What Comes Next.

Chapter 10 Navigating Financial Storms.

A Brief Postmortem of a Complicated Crisis.

Bubbles Are Trouble.

Even the Best Model Can’t Predict Everything.

Blame the Underwriting.

Launch New Products Cautiously.

Risk at One Firm Affects Others.

More Regulation Is Coming.

Bolder, Braver Leaders.

Chapter 11 A Wall Street Statesman.

The Hard Work of Being a Leader.

Family, Humanity, and Then JPMorgan.

Loyal—to the End.


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