@GSElevator unmasked: Our favorite tweets
The man behind popular Twitter account @GSElevator, which purported to quote conversations from Goldman Sachs’ elevators around the world, has outed himself. John Lefevre, 34, is not an employee at Goldman Sachs and he never was, though he did once receive an offer from the prestigious Wall Street firm. Lefevre is a Texas-based former bond executive who used to work for Citigroup, reports the New York Times. In other words, the tweets are fictional. Lefevre confirmed to the Times that he is indeed the man behind the tweets. In January, Lefevre, who was still anonymous at the time, sold a book tentatively titled “Straight to Hell: True Tales of Deviance and Excess in the World of Investment Banking” to Simon & Schuster, according to CNBC. The book will supposedly be “the definitive exposure of investment banking culture,” and the New York Times reports that Lefevre’s book deal is worth six figures.
A Goldman spokesman told the New York Times, “We are pleased to report that the official ban on talking in elevators will be lifted effective immediately” after learning that the author of the Twitter account is not an employee at the firm.
What was it about @GSElevator that supposedly kept some of the world’s most famous bankers tight-lipped between floors? Read some of the tweets that entertained both Wall Street apologists and haters alike.