The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. is an American multinational banking and financial services firm, headquartered in Manhattan, New York City.
Its services include: investment banking, asset management, commercial banking, mutual funds, investment management, commodities, and prime brokerage.
The bank was founded in 1869 by the German-American Marcus Goldman. The firm became well known during the time of its inception for pioneering the use of commercial paper (IOUs that companies sell) for entrepreneurs.
In 1906 Goldman Sachs entered the IPO market by taking Sears, Roebuck and Company public.
The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. is now one of the world’s leading financial institutions and often regarded as being one of the “elite” investment banks in the world.
The group is divided into four businesses units:
Investment Banking: focuses on “strategic advisory assignments with respect to mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, corporate defense activities, risk management, restructuring and spin-offs, and debt and equity underwriting of public offerings and private placements.”
Institutional Client Services: facilitates the transactions of fixed income, equity, currency and commodity products for institutional clients (such as corporations or investment funds).
Investing and Lending: provides loans to clients to help finance their projects.
Investment Management: offers investment products, in the form of mutual funds and private investment funds, etc.
- Chairman and CEO: Lloyd C. Blankfein
- President: Gary D. Cohn
- Industry: Banking, financial services
- Type: Public
- Listed on the New York Stock Exchange
- NYSE stock symbol: GS
- S&P 500 Component
- Dow Jones Industrial Average Component
- Revenue: $32.974 billion USD (2013)
- Earnings (loss) per share – diluted: $15.46 USD (2013)
- Total assets: $911.507 billion USD (2013)
- Founded: 1869
- Founder: Marcus Goldman
- Headquarters: 200 West Street, New York, New York, USA
- Employees: 32,600 (2013)
- Website: http://www.goldmansachs.com/
- Investor relations contact number: 1-212-902-0300
- Investor relations email: [email protected]
|Income statement data (in $ millions)||2013||2012|
|Net interest income||$3,392||$3,880|
|Net revenues, including net interest income||$34,206||$34,163|
|Total revenues net of interest expense||$32,974||$31,555|
|Balance sheet data (in $ millions)|
|Other secured financings (long-term)||$7,524||$8,965|
|Unsecured long-term borrowings||$160,965||$167,305|
|Total shareholders’ equity||$78,467||$75,716|
|Common share data (in $)|
|Earnings per Common Share – Basic||$16.34||$14.63|
|Earnings per Common Share – Diluted||$15.46||$14.13|
Source: “Goldman Sachs Group, Inc., Annual Report 2013 – Financial Section”
July 3, 2014: If a motion filed by two ex-employees is approved by a US District Judge in Manhattan, Goldman Sachs could face a gender-bias lawsuit involving thousands of women going back more than a decade. According to the complaint, the investment bank “perpetuates a gender biased culture that sexualizes women.”